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STUDY GUIDE: Curating and Anthropology

CURATING AND ANTHROPOLOGY 1st Wave: Land Art 1966-76' Second Wave: Earth Art Third Wave: Eco Art
Question Integral Relations Architectural Relations Entangled Relations
Method Art in the Expanded field Sculpture in the Expanded Field Acts in the Expanded Field
Vision Divided Gaze (Above and below) Displaced Gaze (Around and through) Diffential Gaze (Multiple temproalities and viewpoints) 
Theory Site / Non-Site Sited Sculpture / Marked Sites Site Specificity (Functional Site / Informational Site)
Narrative Sublime: Transversal Picturesque: Transivity

Beautiful (Harmony): Transitory

Direction Past-oriented  Present-oriented Future-oriented
Space Phenomenology of Perception Phenomenology of Place Phenomenology of Process


Reformation Reclamation Repair
Politic  Postmodern Turn Ethical Turn Ecological Turn
Dialectic Enclosure / Exposure Ritual / Act(ion) Natural Systems / Cultural Systems


First Wave: Land Art

1. Question: Integral Relations

2. Method: Art in the Expanded field

3. Vision: Divided Gaze (Above and below)

4. Theory (Smithson): Site / Non-Site

Site: A place you can visit that invloves a travel apsect

Non-Site: Has contained information inside an abstract container

5. Narrative: Sublime: Transversal

Seven Qualites of the Sublime: 1.Obscure, 2.Powerful, 3.Privations, 4.Vast, 5.Inifinity, 6. Uniform, 7.Succession.

The Sublime was an encounter, something that your transversed, made a journey through, discovered, or which opened up before you.

6. Direction

7. Space

8. Power

9. Politic

10. Dialectic


First Wave Artists

Michael Heizer

Walter De Maria

Robert Smithson

Rpnert Morris

Richard Fleisher

Ant Farm

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Nancy Holt

James Turrell 


First Wave Exhibitions

Earthworks, Virginia Dawn Gallery

Earth Art, Cornell University

Sonsbeek 71'


White Chapel 71' (Richard Long)




Second Wave: Environmental Art

1. Question

2. Method

3. Vision

4. Theory: Sited Sculpture / Marked Sites

Marked Sites (Art Critic Krauss): Any physical manipulation or permanent stamp on the spot) 

Site Constructions (Sighted Scultpure): Sutructres Built into the Landscape

Axiomatic Structures: Inteventions within architecture

5. Narrative: Picturesque: Transivity. Seven Qualites of the Picturesque (Uvedale Price, Richard Payne Knight and William Gilpin), 1. Variety, 2. Concealment, 3. Irregularity, 4. Visually Engagement (framed), 5. Nonaesthetic elements (background) 6. Strong Psychological assocaitions, 7.Complexity of ideas

The Picturesque was the experience of transivitive properties which were moved, arranged, aged, decayed, or otherwise showed the passing of time, nature and culture. 

6. Direction

7. Space

8. Power

9. Politic

10. Dialectic


Second Wave Artists:

James Piece

Ian Hamilton

Constantin Brancusi

Isamu Noguchi

Richard Serra

Carl Andre


Second Wave Exhibitions:




Third Wave: Eco Art

1. Question

2. Method

3. Vision

4. Theory (Art ciritc James Meyer) : Site Specificity (Functional Site / Informational Site)

Functional Site: A process, an operation occuring between sites, a mapping of institutional and textual affiliations and the bodies that move between them (the artist's above all).

Informational site: A locus of overlap. 

5. Narrative: Beautiful (Harmony): Transitory

6. Direction

7. Space

8. Power

9. Politic

10. Dialectic


Third Wave Artists

Joseph Bueys

Hans Haacke

Hamish Fulton


Third Wave Exhibitions






Week 1

Curating Biocultural Collections: A Handbook

By Jan Salick, Katie Konchar and Mark Nesbitt

[  ] Chapter 1: Biocultural Collections: needs, ethics, and goals

[  ] Chapter 21: Research using biocultural collections


Week 2

Tactical Biopolitics: Art Activism and Technoscience

Edited by Beatriz da Costa and Kavita Phillip

[  ] Section II: Curating the Book of Life

[  ] Chapter 4: Biotech, Patronage and the Making of Homo DNA. By Jaqueline Stevens

[  ] Chapter 6: Observations on an Art of Growing Interest: Towards a Phenomenological Approach to Art Involving Biotechnology. By Jens Hauser

[  ] Chapter 7: Outfitting the Laboratory of the Symbolic: Towards a Critical Inventory of Bioart. By Claire Pentacost

[  ] Chapter 8: The Ethics of Experimental Engagement with the Manipulation of Life. By Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr

[  ] Chapter 12: The Biopolitics of Human Genetics Research and Its Application. By Fatimah Jackson and Sherie McDonald

[  ] Chapter 13: In Contradiction Lies the Hope: Human Genome and Identity Politics


Week 3

Art Beyond Itself: Anthropology for a Society Without a Story Line.

By Nestor Gracia Canclini and David Frye.

[  ] Introduction

[  ] Chapter 1: Aesthetics and the Social Sciencs: Converging Doubts

[  ] Chapter 7: How Society Makes Art

[  ] Epilogue: Can there be a Post-autonomous Aesthetic?


Week 4

Beyond the Box: Diverging Curatorial Practices

Edited by Melanie Townsend

[  ] Fidelity. Betrayal, Autonomy: In and Beyond the Post-Cold War Art Museum. By Gregory Sholette


Week 5

What Makes a Great Exhbition?

[  ] The Paradoxes of Autonomy: A Site of Radical Critique. By Nikita Yingqian Cai


Week 6

The Global Contemporary and the Rise of New Art Worlds.

Edited by Hans Belting, Andrea Buddensieg, and Peter Weibel

[  ] Global Art and Anthropology: The Situated Gaze and Local Art Worlds in Africa. By Thomas Fillitz

[  ] An Anthropologist in the Exhbition: The Global Contemporary

By Thomas Haushild

[  ] Magicien de la terra: Han Belting in Conversation with Jean Hubert Martin

[  ] Itinerary of a Curator: Magiciens de la terra and After. By Andrea Budddensieg


Week 7

CASE STUDY: The 24th Biennual de Sao Paulo 1998


What to Study? What to Research? What to Practice? The Curatorial Conundrum.

Edited by Paul O’Neil, Mick Wilson, and Lucy Steeds

[  ] Redrawing the Global Aspirations of Exhibition Making from a Southern Perspective: Latin American Biennual of Sao Paulo (1978) and Coloquio De Arte No-Objectual (1981)


Week 8

Cultural Anthropophagy: The 24th Biennual de Sao Paulo 1998, Volume 4 (Exhibition Histories).

By Lisette Lagnado, Renato Sztutman, Mirtes Marins de Oliveira and Pablo LaFuente.

[  ] Anthropophagy as Cultural Strategy: The 24th Bienal de San Paulo. By Lisette Lagnado

[  ] The Epistemological Leap of Anthropophagy: After the 24th Bienal de San Paulo.  By Mirtes Marins de Oliveria

[  ] Out of the cantinho – Art Education at the 24th Bienal de San Paulo. By Carmen Morsch and Catrin Seefranz

[  ] The (re)turn of Anthropohagites: Reconnecting Aswald de Andrade’s Proposal to Amerindian Art-Thought. By Renato Sztutman

[  ] Manifesto anthropofago. By Oswald de Andrade, 1928

[  ] Anthropophagite Manifesto. By Oswald de Andrade, 1928

[  ] Reporting from Sao Paulo, I’m form the United States: Five Broadcasts on the 24th Biennual de Sao Paulo

[  ] Interviews: Andrea Fraser w/David Morris, Dais & Riedweg w/Line Ellengaard

[  ] Afterward: For What, For Whom. By Pablo Lafuente


Week 9

The Global Contemporary and the Rise of New Art Worlds.

Edited by Hans Belting, Andrea Buddensieg, and Peter Weibel

[  ] Beyond Anthropophany: Art, Internationalism, and Cultural Dynamics. By Gerardo Mosquera


Week 10

After Cultural Anthropology


The Birth of the Anthropocene.

By Jeremy Davis

[  ] Chapter 3: Geology of the Future


Week 11

The Shock of the Anthropocene: The Earth, History and Us.

By Christopher Conneuil and Jean-Baptiste Fressoz.

[  ] Chapter 4: What is the Anthropos?


Week 12

Anthroposcene or Capitalocene? Nature, History and the Crisis of Capitalism

Edited by Jason W. Moore

[  ] Anthroposcene, Capitalocene and the Problem of Culture


Week 13

Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and the crisis of the earth system.

By Ian Angus

[  ] Chapter 1: A Second Copernican Revolution

[  ] Chapter 2: The Great Acceleration


Week 14

Art in the Anthroposcene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environments and Epistemologies.  (Critical Climate Change).

By Heather Davis and Etienne Turpin.

[  ] In the Planetarium: The Modern Museum on the Anthropocenic Stage


THEORIES OF CURATING Curating and Collaboration  Curating and Anthropology  Curating and New Media Curating and Globalization

Earthworks, Virgina Dawn Gallery, 68'

Earth Art, Cornell University 69'

Sonsbeek 71'

Monumenta 74'

SECOND WAVE     De Maria's New York Earth Room 77'  
THIRD WAVE     Sonsbeek 93'  


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