Art Exhibition Class

Exhibition Planning &
Gallery Management

Collaborative Curatorial Practice > Independent Study



ARA 560 is a gradaute level course and requires the selection of one addtional reader from 11 different categories in curatorial studies. Readings are assigned weekly and most independent study readers end in by examining a single case study. The student may also select another case study that applies to their personal research than what is in the reader.

A final paper of 3-5 pages is required of all independent studies or a 1-2 page paper with an accompanying project or show proposal that addresses their research interests. 


Week 1

Thinking About Exhibitions

By Reesa Greenberg, Bruce Ferguson and Sandy Nairne

[  ] The Exhibition Complex. By Tony Bennet


Week 2

ARTocracy: Art, Informal Space and Social Consequences: A Curatorial Handbook in Collaborative Practice.

By Claudia Zeiske and Nuno Sacramento.

[  ] Section I: Curatorial Methodology


Week 3

Education for Socially Engaged Art: A Materials and Techniques Handbook.

By Pablo Helguera.

[  ] Chapter 1: Definitions

[  ] Chapter 2: Community


Week 4

Relational Aesthetics

By Nicolas Bourriaud

[  ] Chapter 1: Relational Form

[  ] Chapter 2: Art in the 1990s: Participation and Transivity

[  ] Chapter 3: Space-time Exchange Factors

[  ] Chapter 6: Towards a Policy of Forms: Cohabitations, Notes on Some Possible Extensions of a Relational Aesthetics


Week 5

The Radicant

By Nicholas Bourriaud

[  ] Section I: Altermodenity

[  ] Section II: Radicant Aesthetics

[  ] Section IV: Post-Post or Altermodern Times


Week 6

Post Production

By Nicholas Bourriaud

[  ] Catalog introduction: Sampling, Programming, Displaying


Week 7

Altermodern Tate Triennual

By Nicholas Bourriaud

[  ] Altermodern


Week 8

Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship.

By Claire Bishop

[  ] Chapter 1: The Social Turn and It’s Discontents


Week 9

Talking Contemporary Curating

Edited by Terry Smith

[  ] Museum Models, Radical Spectatorship. By Claire Bishop


Week 10

Living As Form: Socially Engaged Art form 1991-2011 (MIT Press)

By Nato Thompson

[  ] Living as Form. By Nato Thompson

[  ] Participation and Spectacle: Where are we now? By Claire Bishop

[  ] Eventwork: The Fourfold Matrix of Contemporary Social Movements


Week 11

Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the 21st Century

By Nato Thompson

[  ] Chapter 5: Seeing Power

[  ] Chapter 6: Seeing Power in Spaces

[  ] Chapter 7: Occupying Space


Week 12

Strike Art: Contemporary Art and the Post-Occupy Condition.

By Yates McKee.

[  ] Chapter 1: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Democracy, 1987-2011


Week 13

CASE STUDY: Culture in Action 1993

Exhibition as Social Intervention: ‘Culture in Action’ 1993 (Exhibition Histories) 

[  ] Introduction: Exhibition as Social Insteraction. By David Morris and Paul O’Neill

[  ] Culture in Action: Exhbition as Social Redistribution. By Joshua Decter

[  ] The Turn from the Turns: An Avant-Garde Moving Out From the Center. By Helmet Draxler

[  ] Culture in Action: A Public Art Program of Sculpture in Chicago


Week 14

Exhibition as Social Intervention: ‘Culture in Action’ 1993 (Exhibition Histories) 

[  ] The New Public Art: As Opposed to What? By Hafpor Yngvason

[  ] ‘Culture in Action’. By Joe Scanlan

[  ] Chicago is Culture in Action. Mary Jane Jacobs

[  ] Culture in Action Revisited: Daniel J. Martinez in conversation with Michael Branson


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