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Course in art and contemporary culture

With this course, the MACBA continues the rereading of contemporary art history that it began in Autumn 2009, through an analysis of exhibition dispositifs focusing on alternatives to the «white cube» theorized by Brian O’Doherty The second series includes an exhibition from the late sixties, Earth Art, which looks at Land Art’s radical gesture of moving away from the traditional gallery space. But above all, it focuses on five of the most important exhibitions in Europe and America during the eighties, presented by the artists and curators who conceived them, or, if that isn’t possible, by the critics who analysed them. These examples don’t just offer a reading of the styles and trends that were emerging in each context, but also of the gradual spread of the contemporary art scene, which eventually became a global scene. The series includes a monographic session on the visual culture of MoMA exhibitions, and a final session with Seth Siegelaub - publisher, freelance curator and founding member of the Stichting Egress Foundation– who will talk about his exhibition projects in the sixties.


Programme

Mondays October 4, 18 and 25, and November 8, 15, 22 and 29, at 7 pm

October 4
16th São Paulo International Art Biennial (1981), curated by Walter Zanini
Marcelo Araújo (Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo)

Monday October 18
The Construction of MoMA's Visual Culture through its Exhibitions
Mary Anne Staniszewski (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), author of The Power of Display. A History of Exhibition Installations at the Museum of Modern Art (MIT Press, 1998)

October 25
Westkunst - zeitgenössische Kunst seit 1939 (Cologne, Messehalle, 1981) and von hier aus – zwei Monate neue deutsche Kunst in Düsseldorf (Düsseldorf, Messe Düsseldorf, 1984)
Kasper König (Ludwig Museum), curator of both projects

November 8
Earth Art (Andrew Dickson White Museum of Art at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1969)
Lars Bang Larsen

November 15
Chambres d’amis (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, 1986)
Jan Hoet, curator of the exhibition

November 22
Magiciens de la terre (Musée national d’art moderne – Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1989)
Jean-Hubert Martin, curator of the exhibition

November 29
Seth Siegelaub talks to Bartomeu Marí about his exhibition projects

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I don’t think about art when I’m working. I try to think about life
Jean-Michel Basquiat