An anthology of writings on exhibition practice from artists, critics, curators and art historians plus artist-curators. It addresses the contradictions posed by museum and gallery sited exhibitions, as well as investigating the challenge of staging art presentations, displays or performances, in settings outside of traditional museum or gallery locales.
An anthology of 27 essays debating the contexts of exhibitions from traditional gallery to social protest. The contributing curators, critics, artists, and historians focus on the history of exhibition, forms of staging and spectacle, and issues of curatorship, spectatorship, and narrative. In particular, the ruminations on postmodernism's "museums without walls," and the effect of the NAMES AIDS quilt project suggest that exhibitions as such have shed their passive past and become interactive mediums with powerful cultural messages. Includes photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)