Politics in a Glass Case

BookPolitics in a Glass Case

Politics in a Glass Case

Feminism, Exhibition Cultures and Curatorial Transgressions

Value: Art: Politics, 7


September 14th, 2015



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What happens to art when feminism grips the curatorial imagination? How do sexual politics become realised as exhibits? Is the struggle against gender discrimination compatible with the aspirations of museums led by market values? Beginning with the feminist critique of the art exhibition in the 1970s and concluding with reflections on intersectional curating and globalisation after 2000, this pioneering collection offers an alternative narrative of feminism’s impact on art. The essays provide rigorous accounts of developments in Scandinavia, Eastern and Southern Europe as well as the UK and US, framed by an introduction which offers a politically engaging navigation of historical and current positions. Delivered through essays, memoirs and interviews, discussion highlights include the Tate Modern hang, relational aesthetics, the global exhibition, feminism and technology in the museum, the rise of curatorial collectivism, and insights into major exhibitions such as Gender Check on Eastern Europe. Bringing together two generations of curators, artists and historians to rethink distinct and unresolved moments in the feminist re-modelling of art contexts, this volume dares to ask: is there a history of feminist art or one of feminist presentations of artworks? Contributors include Deborah Cherry, Jo Anna Isaak, Malin Hedlin Hayden, Lubaina Himid, Amelia Jones, Kati Kivimaa, Alexandra Kokoli, Kuratorisk Aktion, Suzana Milevska, Suzanne Lacy, Lucy Lippard, Sue Malvern, Nancy Proctor, Bojana Pejić, Helena Reckitt, Jessica Sjöholm Skrubbe, Jeannine Tang and Catherine Wood.


Author Information

Angela Dimitrakaki is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Edinburgh. Lara Perry is Principal Lecturer in the School of Humanities at the University of Brighton.

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
1. How to Be Seen: An Introduction to Feminist Politics, Exhibition Cultures and Curatorial Transgressions
Angela Dimitrakaki and Lara Perry
PART I. Feminism in the Art Institution
2. Sexual Politics: Art Style
(Introduction to the 1978 Hayward Annual Exhibition Catalogue)
Lucy Lippard
3. A Great Time to Be A Woman? Feminism and Women’s Art at Tate Modern
Lara Perry
4. Feminism, Participation and Matrixial Encounters: Towards a Radical, Sustainable Museum (Practice)
Nancy Proctor
5. A Serious Suggestion: Give Up the Goat. Art Collections and Feminist Critique in Sweden
Jessica Sjöholm Skrubbe and Malin Hedlin Hayden
6. Exhibiting Black Women's Art in the 1980s
Lubaina Himid
PART II. Exhibitions and Counter-Practices
7. The Lessons of Sexual Politics: From the 1970s to Empire. An interview with Amelia Jones
Angela Dimitrakaki
8. Rethinking Inside the Visible
Sue Malvern
9. Art as Life, Art as Politics, Art as Political Action. An Interview with Suzanne Lacy
Catherine Wood
10. Forgotten Relations: Feminist Artists and Relational Aesthetics
Helena Reckitt
11. Insights from Italy: Pleasure, Plurality, and Shaping the Present
Jo Anna Isaak
12. Gender Check, Feminism and Curating in Eastern Europe: An Interview with Bojana Pejić
Katrin Kivimaa
PART III. Curating the Other/Curating as Other
13. The ‘Woman Artist’ as Curatorial Effect
Alexandra M. Kokoli
14. With her Fingers on the Political Pulse: The Transnational Curating of Maud Sulter
Deborah Cherry
15. Archiving/An-archiving Gender Difference, or the 'Silkworm Cocoon' of Feminist Curatorial Research and Practices in the Balkans
Suzana Milevska
16. The Problem of Equality, or Translating 'Woman' in the Age of Global Exhibition
Jeannine Tang
17. Curatorial Collectives and Feminist Politics in 21st-Century Europe An interview with Kuratorisk Aktion
Angela Dimitrakaki