Includes bibliographical references (pages -473) and index.
The museum and the 'ahistorical' exhibition: the latest gimmick by the arbiters of taste, or an important cultural phenomenon? / Debora J. Meijers Brokering identities: art curators and the politics of cultural representation / Mari Carmen Ramírez Large exhibitions: a sketch of a typology / Jean-Marc Poinsot For example, documenta, or, how is art history produced? / Walter Grasskamp The exhibitionary complex / Tony Bennett The museum flat / Johanne Lamoureux Naming names: the art of memory and the NAMES Project AIDS Quilt / Peter S. Hawkins Les immatériaux / Jean-François Lyotard Exhibition rhetorics: material speech and utter sense / Bruce W. Ferguson Creating spaces / Gerald McMaster The discourse of the museum / Mieke Bal.
The great curatorial dim-out / Lawrence Alloway From museum curator to exhibition auteur: inventing a singular position / Nathalie Heinich and Michael Pollak Constructing the spectacle of culture in museums / Ivan Karp and Fred Wilson The show you love to hate: a psychology of the mega-exhibition / John Miller Free fall--freeze frame: Africa, exhibitions, artists / Clémentine Deliss The one-picture gallery / Valery Petrovich Sazonov Dissenting spaces / Judith Barry Function of architecture: notes on work in connection with the places where it is installed taken between 1967 and 1975, some of which are specially summarized here / Daniel Buren.
The gallery as a gesture / Brian O'Doherty Postmodernism's museum without walls / Rosalind E. Krauss The exhibited redistributed: a case for reassessing space / Reesa Greenberg A visual machine: art installation and its modern archetypes / Germano Celant The institutionalization of dissent / Sandy Nairne Modernism, nationalism and beyond: a critical history of exhibitions of First Nations art / Diana Nemiroff In and out of place / Andrea Fraser What's important about the history of modern art exhibitions? / Martha Ward.
"Presents a multidisciplinary anthology of writings on current exhibition practice by curators, critics, artists, sociologists and historians form North America, Europe and Australia. It marks out the emergence of new discourses surrounding the exhibition and illustrates the urgency of the debates centred in and fostered by exhibitions today. Texts have been grouped ... in sections which focus on the history of the exhibition, forms of staging and spectacle, and questions of curatorship, spectatorship and narrative. These writings ... investigate exhibitions in settings outside of the traditional gallery as well as innovative work in extending cultural debates within the museum ... fully ilustrated with over ninety black-and-white photographs and includes a bibliography on the subject of art exhibitions"--Page i.