Sunday, February 24, 2013

On Curating

Something I've been thinking a lot about lately-- the value of sustainable (exhibition) spaces in the age of pop-up shops, internet art, migratory art galleries and condo booms.  Thanks, Hans.

"(Exhibitions) are a way to resist the pressures towards an ever more uniform experience of time and space, by keeping the visitor in the art moment a little longer.

If that is to happen, it’s important to shape exhibitions as long-duration projects and to consider issues of sustainability and legacy. Fly-in, fly-out curating nearly always produces superficial results; it’s a practice that goes hand in hand with the fashion for applying the word “curating” to everything that involves simply making a choice – radio playlists, hotel decor, even the food stalls in New York’s High Line Park. Making art is not the matter of a moment, and nor is making an exhibition; curating follows art."

-- Hans Ulrich Obrist, co-director of the Serpentine Gallery, London

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