‘The Exhibition and Its Histories’ is a one-day symposium in which leading international figures from the field of curatorial practice will discuss and interrogate the increased emphasis in recent years on the ‘exhibition form’ within art and art history education. Paralleling the rise of the curator’s position within the contemporary art landscape, the institutional teaching of art and art history has increasingly tended towards an analysis of the exhibition as well as the artist and the artwork. This is most evident in the form of post-graduate curatorial programmes, which have proliferated over the past decade. The symposium will seek to address, among other concerns, the following questions:
- Why has the history of exhibitions come into currency at this specific moment?
- How does the study of exhibition histories contribute to the discipline of art history?
- Why study the exhibition? What does it offer us that the study of an artwork or an artist's practice does not?
Contributors: Diana Baldon, Kirsten Lloyd, Kirsteen Macdonald, Simon Sheikh, Lucy Steeds, Steven Ten Thije
Organised by Harry Weeks, Benjamin Fallon and Kirsteen Macdonald
The Exhibition and its Histories is a collaboration between The University of Edinburgh, Konstfack and Framework
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