James Voorhies (Ed.)
The first in a new series of readers from the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University, Whatever happened … considers the impact of New Institutionalism on art institutions and their curatorial strategies in light of today’s contemporary globalized culture. Originating in Europe in the 1990s, New Institutionalism sought to reconfigure the art institution from within into an active, democratic, open and egalitarian public sphere. This timely and fascinating subject is amply illustrated in the hardcover publication which brings together facsimiles of seminal texts, new critical essays, a history of trends and practices, commissioned artist projects and contributions by a variety of artists, architects, writers, historians and theorists including Martin Beck, Le Corbusier, Maria Lind and Markus Miessen. Working in these new modes, the art institution becomes a site of fluidity, unpredictability and risk. Completed in 1963, the CCVA was designed by Le Corbusier to house Harvard’s visual arts program, featuring a combination of academic workshops, artist studios and exhibitions.
192 pp / 26 b&w and 89 color
Retail Price: $30.00
CARPENTER CTR. FOR VISUAL ARTS, HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Following his futuristic novel Plot, polemical art theoretician Tirdad Zolghadr targets the moral economy of indeterminacy that makes curators and artists politically stunted, intellectually bankrupt and aesthetically predictable in his latest treatise. Curators, in particular, he sees as a necessary evil, at best offering one transgalactic statement, one buzzword after another. Even the mainstream is convinced it’s better off doing the curating itself. Drawing on texts and projects by both artists and curators, including some transgalactic blunders of his own, Zolghadr ventures suggestions beyond the gravitational pull of business as usual. Independent writer/curator and professor at Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies, Zolghadr writes for frieze and other publications, and is editor-at-large for Cabinet magazine. He organized the UAE Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2009 and is curatorial advisor to the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and frequent lecturer at the Intl. Academy of Art, Palestine.
5 x 8 ¼ in. / 264 pp / 5 color
Retail Price: $26.00