Who Needs 'Exhibition Studies'?

Hernandez Velazquez, Yaiza. 2021. Who Needs 'Exhibition Studies'? In: Bo Choy; Charles Esche; David Morris and Lucy Steeds, eds. Art and its Worlds: Exhibitions, Institutions and Art Becoming Public. London: Afterall, pp. 306-315. ISBN 9783960989172 [Book Section]

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The appeal to the exhibition as a field of “studies”—in a manner inaugurated by “area studies” and popularized by count¬less other thematically constructed scholarly discourses such as “cultural studies,” “gender studies,” “animal studies”…—already implicitly suggests a critical refusal of disciplinarity or, at the very least, an ability to function across disciplinary borders. However, given that the most direct disciplinary restraints to the study of exhibitions would have historically come not just from Art History, but perhaps most directly from either Museum studies or Curatorial studies, the will to further “undiscipline” this knowledge seems paradoxically entangled with a desire for further disciplinary differentiation. As such, it is a move that demands some scrutiny—in what follows, it is the negotiation of these borders that is scrutinised.

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Exhibition Histories, Exhibition Studies, Curating

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Visual Cultures


June 2021Published

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09 Jun 2023 08:37

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14 Jun 2023 15:17



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