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with Charlotte Klonk

In the twentieth century exhibitions have become increasingly important in the shaping of our understanding of art. The course will examine the interaction between art and the institutional context in which it is displayed and presented to the public from the beginning of the century to the present day in Europe and America. You will gain knowledge of a variety of display strategies and their implications. They will range from exhibitions organised by artists themselves to the emergence of the typical modern art museum installation and the rise of international shows under the aegis of one curator. Although you will become familiar with some of the best known artists of the century, the aim of the course is to consider them in the historical context which gave rise to their fame.

Assessment: 1 x 3-hour examination – essay paper (50%)

1 x 3-hour examination – photo paper (50%)

Preliminary Reading:

- Bruce Altshuler, The Avant-Garde in Exhibition: New Art in the 20th Century, New York (Abrams) 1994.

- Emma Barker (ed.), Contemporary Cultures of Display, London (The Open University and Yale University Press) 1999

- Thomas Crow, The Rise of the Sixties, The Everyman Library, London (George Weidenfeld and Nicolson Ltd) 1996.

- Reesa Greenberg, Bruce W. Ferguson, Sandy Nairne (eds.), Thinking about Exhibitions, London (Routledge) 1996.

- Pam Meecham, Julie Sheldon, Modern Art: A Critical Introduction, London (Routledge) 2000.

- Nicholas Serota, Experience or Interpretation: The Dilemma of Museums of Modern Art, London (Thames and Hudson) 1996.