Conference: Shifting practice, shifting roles? Artists' Installations and the museum

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Shifting practice, shifting roles? Artists' Installations and the museum
Tate Modern, Starr Auditorium
March 22nd 2007, 9.15 - 18.30

This conference explores the idea that artists' installations draw into
sharp focus the way in which contemporary artistic practice can shift the
organizational logic of the museum. Where is the dividing line between the
artist and the curator? How should artists' installations be conserved and
reinstalled? How does this practice affect notions of artistic authorship?
This conference will look at places of friction and resistance between
contemporary art and traditional museum conventions, and consider how the
roles of conservator and curator are evolving in response to particular
artistic practices.

Saskia Sassen will examine how major global changes are reflected in some of
the basic tenets of the museum (Ralph Lewis Professor of Sociology at the
University of Chicago, and Centennial Visiting Professor of Political
Economy in the Department of Sociology at the London School of Economics)
Jill Sterrett will consider the museum's response to installation art in
terms of shifting practices within conservation and the challenges of
custodianship. (Director of Collections San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)
Bruce Altshuler will present a paper on Exhibition, Collection, Re-creation
(Director of the Program in Museum Studies, Graduate School of Arts and
Science, New York University) Claire Bishop will present a paper entitled
What is a curator? in which she will consider the simultaneous emergence of
installation art, institutional critique and the independent curator in the
period 1968-72. (Assistant Professor in Art History at University of
Warwick) Alex Farquharson will present a paper entitled When can an
exhibition be a work of art? In which he will consider the exhibition as
work of art through the practices of artist-curators, performative curators
and experimental exhibition designers (Freelance curator and critic and
Research Fellow, Royal College of Art) Teresa Gleadowe (Former Director of
the Curating Contemporary Art Department at the Royal College of Art
(1992-2006), freelance curator and writer) Moderator Vivian van Saaze will
present a paper entitled Doing artworks. An ethnographic study into a case
study of the Inside Installations' project which explores how the
acquisition, presentation and preservation of installation art challenges
the working practices of the contemporary art museum with particular
reference to the work of Pierre Huyghe and Philippe Parreno. (Ph.D.
candidate Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and
the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage) Andrzej Przywara, a
director of the Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw, Poland, will speak about
issues raised by the project to preserve the studio of Edward Krasinski in
the Warsaw apartment he took over from the Polish constructivist Henryk
Stazewski. He will also speak about work undertaken in preparation for the
retrospective exhibition of Krasinski's work presented by the Generali
Foundation in Vienna last summer.
Daniel Roesler, Gallery Nara Roesler, will speak about the reconstruction of
Oiticica's Cosmococa - CC4 Nocagions

The meeting is the last in a series organized across Europe as part of a
project funded by Culture 2000 "Inside Installations: the preservation and
presentation of Installation art".

£25 (£15 concessions), booking recommended. For tickets call 020 7887 8888
or visit website


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