Author: Bart De Baere Okwui Enwezor; Andrea Fraser; Enrique Juncosa; Susan Pearce; Carey Young
Number Of Pages: 212
Publisher: Irish Museum of Modern Art
Release Date: 01-12-2008
Details: Museum 21: Institution Idea Practice is an international symposium which investigates new perspectives on the role and function of public galleries and museums in the 21st century by exploring their key challenges, frictions and possibilities. Artists, Curators and Historians are invited to address both a retrospective and a prospective consideration of the role of galleries and museums, as informed by past and present contemporary art and practice. The overarching theme of the symposium traces the historic function of the museum, in particular the impact of institutional critique in the 1960's and early 1970's and questions how best galleries and museums can maintain their relevance and legitimacy in the contemporary world. Exploring the wider notion of the museum as institution, idea and practice some of the following questions arise: 'What is the point' of a museum in the 21st century? Should museums compete against or be creative with alternatives to the mega exhibitions of Biennales and Art Fairs? How can galleries and museums best serve a mobilised multicultural public? Has the need to attract audience and funding made the artistic or intellectual credibility of galleries and museums questionable? To what extent is the self-reflexive institution generating new conditions for collaboration and interpretation? Are public galleries and museums still the main sites for cultural innovation and the reception of contemporary art?
Package Dimensions: 8.7 x 7.1 x 1.2 inches
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