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"Request for a Radical Redefinition: Curatorial Politics after Institutional Critique"

Heidi Bale Amundsen and Gerd Elise Mørland

"Request for a Radical Redefinition: Curatorial Politics after Institutional Critique"

The essay "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.

The book is available at http://www.hatjecantz.de/curating-und-politics-6645-1.html


 
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