What Makes a Great Exhibition?

What Makes a Great Exhibition?


Edited by Paula Marincola, Contributions by Glenn Adamson, Contributions by Paola Antonelli, Contributions by Carlos Basualdo, Contributions by Iwona Blazwick, Contributions by Lynne Cooke, Contributions by Thelma Golden, Contributions by Mary Jane Jacob, Contributions by Jeffrey Kipnis, Contributions by Paula Marincola


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  • Publisher: University of the Arts,Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative,US
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 234mm x 18mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 21 July 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Philadelphia
  • ISBN 10: 0970834616
  • ISBN 13: 9780970834614
  • Illustrations note: 56 black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 82,570

Product description

For better or worse, museums are changing from forbidding bastions of rare art into audience-friendly institutions that often specialize in blockbuster exhibitions designed to draw crowds. But in the midst of this sea change, one largely unanswered question stands out: What makes a great exhibition? Some of the world s leading curators and art historians try to answer this question here, as they examine the elements of a museum exhibition from every angle."What Makes a Great Exhibition? "investigates the challenges facing American and European contemporary art in particular, exploring such issues as group exhibitions, video and craft, and the ways that architecture influences the nature of the exhibitions under its roof. The distinguished contributors address diverse topics, including Studio Museum in Harlem director Thelma Golden s examination of ethnically-focused exhibitions; and Robert Storr, director of the 2007 Venice Biennale and formerly of the Museum of Modern Art, on the meaning of exhibition and exhibitionmaker. A thought-provoking volume on the practice of curatorial work and the mission of modern museums, "What Makes A Great Exhibition?" will be indispensable reading for all art professionals and scholars working today."

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Paula Marincola is director of the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative.

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"With the proliferation of degree courses now churning out graduates in the subject, this will provide informative reading both to those starting their curating careers and those already established in the field." Helen Sumpter, "Time Out London"--Helen Sumpter"Time Out London" (02/28/2007)"