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Issues in Curating Contemporary Art and Performance

Judith Rugg (Editor), Michèle Sedgwick (Editor)


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To stay relevant, art curators must keep up with the rapid pace of technological innovation as well as the aesthetic tastes of fickle critics and an ever-expanding circle of cultural arbiters. Issues in Curating Contemporary Art and Performance argues that, despite these daily pressures, good curating work also requires more theoretical attention.

In four thematic sections, a distinguished group of contributors consider curation in light of interdisciplinary and emerging practices, examine conceptions of curation as intervention and contestation, and explore curation’s potential to act as a reconsideration of conventional museum spaces. Against the backdrop of cutting-edge developments in electronic art, art/science collaboration, nongallery spaces, and virtual fields, contributors propose new approaches to curating and new ways of fostering critical inquiry. Now in paperback, this volume is an essential read for scholars, curators, and art enthusiasts alike.


Praise For Issues in Curating Contemporary Art and Performance

“Changes in curatorial strategy require constant analysis. The mediation of culture is a contested territory. This book contains texts by some of the most dynamic and critical people writing on the subject today.”

— Liam Gillick, artist and writer

"These essays on curation came from a series of symposia hosted during 2004 and 2005 by the University College of the Creative Arts in Canterbury. The contributors are artists, academics, writers, theorists and curators who examine various perspectives on curating contemporary art and performance and the relationships between them."

— Arts Research Digest

Intellect Ltd, 9781841501628, 272pp.

Publication Date: May 15, 2008

About the Author

Judith Rugg is a research coordinator and reader in fine art theory at University College for the Creative Arts in Canterbury.

Michèle Sedgwick is an employment lawyer with an interest in cultural theory and discourse.