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Curatorial Activism

Towards an Ethics of Curating

Maura Reilly

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A manifesto for change in the art world

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Overview

Despite decades of postcolonial, feminist, anti-racist and queer activism and theorizing, the art world continues to exclude ‘Other’ artists – those who are women, of colour and LGBTQ. Indeed, the more closely one examines the numbers, the more glaring it becomes that white, Euro-American, heterosexual, privileged and, above all, male artists continue to dominate the art world. The fight for gender and race equality continues apace.

Focusing on themes of feminism, race and sexuality, Curatorial Activism examines the pioneering exhibitions that have broken down boundaries and demonstrated that new approaches are possible, from Nochlin’s ‘Women Artists’ at the LACMA in the mid-1970s to Martin’s ‘Carambolages’ in 2016 at the Grand Palais in Paris. By exposing both the disparities and inclusive solutions, Reilly addresses the urgent need in the contemporary art world for curatorial strategies that provide alternatives to exclusionary models of collecting and display. In so doing, she provides an invaluable source of information for current thinkers and, in a world dominated by visual culture, a vital source of inspiration for today’s ever-expanding new generation of curators.

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'A fascinating, well-told account … the art world would do well to heed the arguments of this provocative and informative book'
Art Quarterly

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Specifications

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 23.0 x 17.5 cm

Extent: 240 pp

Illustrations: 107

Publication date: 8 March 2018

ISBN: 9780500239704

Contents List

Foreword • Preface • 1. What is Curatorial Activism? • 2. Resisting Masculinism and Sexism • 3. Tackling White Privilege and Western-Centrism • 4. Challenging Heterocentrism and Lesbo-Homophobia • 5. A Call to Arms: Strategies for Change

About the Author

Maura Reilly is executive director of the National Academy of Design in New York and a Founding Curator of the Sackler Center for Feminist Art. She has written and edited many publications on contemporary art, including, most recently, Women Artists: The Linda Nochlin Reader.

Lucy R. Lippard is an internationally known art critic, activist and curator. She received a Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art in 2015.

List of Contributors

Lucy R. Lippard