About the event

In the last two decades, the study of exhibition history has grown exponentially. Yet the discussions around this nascent field are conspicuously bifurcated, shuttling between a small coterie of curators on the one hand, and a select number of scholars on the other. In curatorial circles, discourse often focuses on individual practices, with little sustained reflection on broader historical and museological implications. In academic circles, the history of exhibitions is often situated in terms of spectatorship, without directing attention to the various forms of authorship involved in exhibition-making. This conference brings together artists, curators, art historians and emerging scholars for a day-long forum.


Claire Bishop

Keynote Presentation: The Museum as Gesamkunstwerk

Claire BishopClick here to listen to the Welcome Remarks and KeynoteClick here to watch a video of the Welcome Remarks and Keynote1:00-2:30PM
Panel: Exhibiting Experiments
Dylaby (Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 1962), Art By Telephone (Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1969), and the unrealized projects of Harald Szeemann.
Caitlin Burkhart, “Dynamisch Labyrinth: Deconstructing the ‘White Cube’ through Dynamic Environments”
Lucy Hunter, "Static on the Line: Art By Telephone and Its Technocratic Dilemma”
Pietro Rigolo, "Failure as a Poetic Dimension: Harald Szeemann's Unrealized Projects"
Grant JohnsonClick here to listen to Panel One: Exhibiting ExperimentsClick here to watch a video of Panel One: Exhibiting Experiments2:30-3:30PM
Panel: The Retrospective
João Ribas, "Just what is it that makes today's solo exhibitions so different, so appealing?"
Lynne Cooke, "Rosemarie Trockel: way leads on to way..."
Lewis Kachur, "Maurizio Cattelan’s Guggenheim Museum Un-retrospective"
Chelsea HainesClick here to listen to Panel Two: The RetrospectiveClick here to watch a video of Panel Two: The Retrospective 5:00-6:30PM
Panel: The Artist-Curator
Florence Ostende, "Exhibitions by Artists: Another Occupation?"
Carol Bove, "Gossip and Ridicule"
Ian Berry, "The Jewel Thief"
Josh Kline, "Conservative Curation"
Natalie MusteataClick here to listen to Panel Three: The Artist-CuratorClick here to watch a video of Panel Three: The Artist-Curator 6:30-6:45PM
Discussion and Response
David Joselit and Dieter Roelstraete respond to the key ideas of the day's proceedings.Click here to listen to the Closing DiscussionClick here to watch a video of the Closing DiscussionThis event is organized in tandem with A Story of Two Museums: An Ethnographic Exhibition at The James Gallery, on view April 4-June 7, 2014.The Jewel Thief, Tang Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, 2010. Photo by Arthur Evans.

Co-sponsored by the PhD Program in Art History and the Doctoral Students' Council.