History of Art 7015

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HISTORY OF ART 7015

EXHIBITION HISTORIES
Professor Danny Marcus

This seminar tracks the history of art exhibitions from the late eighteenth century to the present day, with the aim of exploring both the coherence and instability of this paradigmatic—yet frequently contested—cultural form. Questions of art’s publicness will be key to our inquiry: How was it that art exhibitions came to play such an important role in the public life of bourgeois society? What might be learned about that society’s changing shape (and its shifting zones of social exclusion) through the study of its foremost public manifestations? How have artists, critics, curators, and other social agents sought to challenge and rework the terms by which audiences and works of art encounter each other publicly? And how has the transformation—and globalization—of the exhibition system in recent decades changed the stakes of art’s publicness?

AUTUMN 2019
Class # 34893
TUESDAYS 4:15-7:00