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The Exhibitionist (Issue 7)


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The Exhibitionist was founded in 2010 as a journal by curators, for curators, in which the most pertinent questions on exhibition making would be considered and assessed.

In this issue:
Statement by editors Chelsea Haines, Jens Hoffmann and Lumi Tan

Curators’ Favorites
Ingrid Schaffner reminisces about Jan Hoet’s Chambres d’Amis in a personal and poetic take on her 1986 journey through art installations in domestic interiors in the city of Ghent, Belgium (“Return Guest: Chambres d’Amis”)

Melanie O’Brian takes a second look at the modest exhibition Camera Elinga: Pieter Janssens Meets Jeff Wall at the Städel Museum in Frankfurt in 2002; the unexpected pairing of the Dutch Golden Age painter and the contemporary Canadian photographer proved to her that great things can indeed come in small packages

Miguel Amado analyzes the birth of Tate Modern in 2000 by comparing its innovative (and often controversial) collection display models with its first temporary exhibition, Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis (“Tate Modern and Century City: Two Sides of the Same Coin”)

Back In the Day
Zdenka Badovinac reflects on the concept of the local as seen through the spirited efforts of the artist collective Irwin, whose members were so determined to bring a 1983 survey of up-and-coming New York artists to Ljubljana, Slovenia, that they re-created the exhibition themselves

Missing in Action
Reprint of a 1982 text by Thomas Hoving about an anonymous collector's astounding collection and idiosyncratic process for acquiring new works

Terry Smith describes how dOCUMENTA (13) avoided well-worn interpretations of globalization’s effects on contemporary art.

Shanay Jhaveri, Geir Haraldseth, Francesco Stocchi, and Carol Yinghua Lu each examine a different iteration of the large-scale national survey Indian Highway, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Julia Peyton Jones, analyzing how context and community, as well as form and content, add meaning to exhibitions

Typologies:The Traveling Exhibition
Carlos Basualdo, “Notes on Traveling Exhibitions”
Susan Hapgood, “Freedoms, Pitfalls, and the Crab Walk of the Traveling Exhibition”
Harrell Fletcher, “Localizing the Traveling Exhibition”

Six × Six
Six curators—Iwona Blazwick, Jeffrey Deitch, Norman L. Kleeblatt, Sohl Lee, Suzana Milevska, Gayatri Sinha—share short texts about their top six exhibitions since 1945

Rear Mirror
Dora Thornton focuses on the role of the theater in shaping the public’s perception of London and beyond (“Shakespeare: Staging the World”)

Janet Bishop recounts the experience of organizing The Steins Collect, which reunited the collections of Gertrude Stein and her brothers

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Some Poems Written During dOCUMENTA (13)

Designed by Jon Sueda / Stripe

First printing, 2013
83 pages, black and white with 8 page full color insert, 8 × 11 inches

ISSN: 2038-0984