Heidi Bale Amundsen
and Gerd Elise Mørland
"Request for a
Radical Redefinition: Curatorial Politics after Institutional Critique"
"Request for a Radical Redefinition: Curatorial Politics after
Institutional Critique" is part of the anthology Curatorial Politics Beyond the Curator: Initial Reflections (eds. Amundsen
and Mørland, Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2015), which provides new perspectives on
curatorial politics. Amundsen and Mørland's essay discusses how curatorial
discourse has, from the 1990s onward, centered on the professional curator.
That is, on a figure considered as an exponent of a radical critical programme
bent on changing established conventions, often within current perceptions of
the art institution. What the essay seeks to show above all is that this has
led to the notion of curatorial politics as inherently marked by the legacy of
institutional critique. Keeping to this model overshadows other, more important
politics related to exhibition-making, such as corporate sponsorship, public
funding, museum gifts, marketing agendas, public relations, and working
conditions, among other things. By way of setting the stage for the analyses
that follow, the essay concludes with a call for new perspectives on curatorial
politics that are more relevant to today’s circumstances.
The research for
Amundsen and Mørland’s essay was conducted with FORART funding.
book is available at http://www.hatjecantz.de/curating-und-politics-6645-1.html