exhibiting research VII

Trans-historical Displays: A Curatorial Challenge?

Friday, 8 June 2012

17.30 - 19.00 (note time), Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Speaker(s): include Christopher Green (Professor, The Courtauld Institute of Art; Curator of the recent Modern Antiquity: Picasso, de Chirico, Léger, and Picabia in the Presence of the Antique at the Getty Villa); Jeremy Lewison (Independent Curator; Curator of the exhibition Turner Monet Twombly: Later Paintings opening at Tate Liverpool in June 2012); Minna Moore Ede (National Gallery; Curator of the upcoming Metamorphosis: Titian 2012, opening at the National Gallery in July 2012); and Mark Wallinger (artist).

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission. Limited seats so first-come-first-served

Organised by: The Courtauld Institute of Art’s MA Programme Curating the Art Museum in collaboration with the Research Forum

The turn of the new millennium saw an explosion of trans-historical exhibitions at several major art museums, including New Starts at MOMA in New York in 2000, and The Big Bang at the Pompidou in 2007. Institutions such as Tate Modern, and more recently Tate Britain, have reassessed their collection and reconfigured their displays to explore new relationships between artworks of very different periods and genres, as a radical alternative to conventional chronological or period-focused display. Are these new strategies, or age-old? Prescriptive, or liberating? What is at stake? In forging new relationships between unfamiliar and diverse works, are museums opening the contents of their collections to misinterpretation, or discovering new and various meanings in them? This debate explores what might be gained or lost, what the challenges are and where such practices might lead.

This event is part of the ongoing Exhibiting Research Series, organised by the MA Programme Curating the Art Museum in collaboration with the Research Forum.

The debate will be followed by a reception and informal discussion.

For further information please contact: macurating@courtauld.ac.uk

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