Exhibition Histories and Futures: The Importance of Participation and Audiences

Graham, Beryl (2016) Exhibition Histories and Futures: The Importance of Participation and Audiences. In: A Companion to Digital Art. Blackwell Companions to Art History . Wiley-Blackwell, New York, pp. 575-596. ISBN 9781118475201

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Abstract

Why are histories of exhibitions, rather than histories of art, of particular importance for new media art? As Mary Anne Staniszewski pointed out in 1998, the history of exhibition installations is one particularly badly served by art histories, to the point of being culturally “repressed.” She identifies several interconnected institutional methods and hierarchies that contribute to this historical void, among them a relegation of exhibition installation to low‐status “design,” and a tradition of installation photographs—if they are published at all—being stylishly uncluttered by audiences (1998, xxi, xxiii). This chapter aims to address histories of both new media art exhibitions and non‐new media exhibitions, involving installation art and site‐specific art, and placing a particular emphasis on interactive and participatory art.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Fine Art > Curating
Photography > Digital Imaging
Fine Art > Digital Media
Design > Electronic Media
Fine Art > New Media
Photography > Photography
Photography > Video Art
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries
Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries > School of Art and Design
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Depositing User: Beryl Graham
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2017 10:03
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2021 12:00
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/7145
ORCID for Beryl Graham: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9922-540X

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