Politics in a Glass Case: Feminism, Exhibition Cultures and Curatorial Transgressions

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Angela Dimitrakaki, Lara Perry
Liverpool University Press, Jul 24, 2013 - Art - 293 pages
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What happens to art when feminism grips the curatorial imagination? How do sexual politics become realised as exhibits? Is the struggle against gender discrimination compatible with the aspirations of museums led by market values? Beginning with the feminist critique of the art exhibition in the 1970s and concluding with reflections on intersectional curating and globalisation after 2000, this pioneering collection offers an alternative narrative of feminism’s impact on art. The essays provide rigorous accounts of developments in Scandinavia, Eastern and Southern Europe as well as the UK and US, framed by an introduction which offers a politically engaging navigation of historical and current positions. Delivered through essays, memoirs and interviews, discussion highlights include the Tate Modern hang, relational aesthetics, the global exhibition, feminism and technology in the museum, the rise of curatorial collectivism, and insights into major exhibitions such as Gender Check on Eastern Europe. Bringing together two generations of curators, artists and historians to rethink distinct and unresolved moments in the feminist re-modelling of art contexts, this volume dares to ask: is there a history of feminist art or one of feminist presentations of artworks?

Contributors include Deborah Cherry, Jo Anna Isaak, Malin Hedlin Hayden, Lubaina Himid, Amelia Jones, Kati Kivimaa, Alexandra Kokoli, Kuratorisk Aktion, Suzana Milevska, Suzanne Lacy, Lucy Lippard, Sue Malvern, Nancy Proctor, Bojana Pejić, Helena Reckitt, Jessica Sjöholm Skrubbe, Jeannine Tang and Catherine Wood.

 

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Contents

The Anatomy of an Annual
25
A Good Time to Be a Woman?
31
Give up the Goat
66
Exhibiting Black Womens Art in the 1980s
84
From the 1970s to Empire
93
Art as Life Art as Politics Art as Political Action
120
Pleasure Plurality and Shaping the Present
157
Gender Check Feminism and Curating in Eastern Europe
173
Gender Difference or the Silkworm Cocoon of Feminist
227
The Problem of Equality or Translating Woman in
244
Curatorial Collectives and Feminist Politics
260
Index
289
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Angela Dimitrakaki is Lecturer in Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Edinburgh. Lara Perry is Principal Lecturer in the School of Humanities at the University of Brighton.

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