Curatorial Activism, Towards an Ethics of Curating

Apr 17, 2018 - Apr 17, 2018



Coming April 17, CURATORIAL ACTIVISM, a manifesto for change in the art world - a handbook of new curatorial strategies, based on pioneering examples of innovative recent efforts to offset racial and gender disparities in the art world

"Statistics demonstrate that the fight for gender and race equality in the art world is far from over," writes curator and author Maura Reilly in the opening pages of her new book, CURATORIAL ACTIVISM: Towards an Ethics of Curating (Thames & Hudson, April 17, 2018). "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 color, and LGBTQ. Discrimination against these artists invades every aspect of the art world, from gallery representation, auction-price differentials, and press coverage to inclusion in permanent collections and solo exhibition programs. In most mainstream museums, visitors are still required to actively search out works by them."

Arranged in thematic sections that examine "Resisting Masculinism and Sexism," "Tackling White Privilege and Western-Centrism," and "Challenging Heterocentrism and Lesbo-Homophobia," this volume explores the nature of curatorial activism and provides strategies for change with examples of pioneering exhibitions that have broken down boundaries and demonstrated that new approaches are possible, from Linda Nochlin and Ann Sutherland Harris's "Women Artists" at LACMA in 1976 to Jean-Hubert Martin's "Carambolages" in 2016 at the Grand Palais in Paris.

With profiles of key exhibitions by such groundbreaking curators as Okwui Enwezor, Marcia Tucker, Jonathan Katz, Rosa Martinez, Juan Vicente Aliaga, Connie Butler, and Nan Goldin, and with a foreword by internationally-known art critic, activist, curator, and early champion of feminist art Lucy Lippard, CURATORIAL ACTIVISM is both an invaluable source of practical information for those who understand that institutions must be a driving force in this area and a vital source of inspiration for today's expanding new generation of curators.

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About the Book

CURATORIAL ACTIVISM: Towards an Ethics of Curating
by Maura Reilly, Foreword by Lucy R. Lippard
Thames & Hudson, April 17, 2018
240 pages, 107 illustrations
$32.95, hardcover, ISBN: 9780500239704

About the Author
Maura Reilly
is a curator and arts writer, and executive director of the National Academy of Design in New York. As the founding curator of the Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, she launched the first exhibition and public programming space in the USA devoted entirely to feminist art, where she organized multiple exhibitions, including the permanent installation of Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party and the blockbuster Global Feminisms (with Linda Nochlin). Reilly has authored and edited many publications on contemporary art, including, most recently, Women Artists: The Linda Nochlin Reader (2015). She is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Women's Caucus for Art and in 2015 was voted one of the fifty most influential people in the art world by both Blouin Art Info and Art + Auction. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.



Event Type: Publications (books, scholarly, journals)