- “Here, communication lies at the heart of exhibitions, whereby the communicative medium is not a neutral transmission of information but something that contributes to the positioning and controlling of the spectator in a space of display.”
- This quote is very relate-able to another class I am also taking at the moment: Organizational Communication. The class discusses communication within an organization, but a museum/exhibit can also be considered an organization, and some of the ideas shared in the class can be applied when creating an exhibition.
- “‘Professionalisation and differentiation within the art world have turned ‘curating’ into a hierarchically structured job description covering a wide range of activities.'”
- This quote is interesting due to another previous quote where it is said that the hierarchy is always changing. Before reading this I only knew of a curator as the person introducing the exhibits.
- “… instead hr or she is seen to be responsible for extracting art from its position or circulation, opening up a space where individual works of art gather new meanings and values by virtue of their regrouping for public consumption.”
- “Watkins draws on Oscar Wilde’s idea that objects are transformed into art by the critic writing about them, in which it is the eye of the beholder that produces the work of art.”
- This quote is very interesting to me. Someone might create something and believe it to be art, but somebody else seeing it might view it as trash. But should a little more respect be involved? Is everything not actually art in some form or fashion?
- “Rather than texts waiting to be read, exhibitions have the potential to activate discursive processes that enable dialogical spaces of negotiation between curators, artists, and their publics.”
As a whole, these chapters from the book really open my eyes to the current exhibition world. My previous understanding was very basic and limited, similar to how exhibitions and curators used to be. Reading this also inspires me a bit for my final project — how can I, as the curator, be involved and enrich the experience? Having an interactive exhibit by itself is nice, but this article has made it clear to me that I myself can also be a “part” of the exhibit as well. I can be a piece of the art.