Atmosphere and Affect in Contemporary Exhibitions
Johanna Burton is Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Engagement at the New Museum. Her talk will explore tendencies in current exhibition-making that privilege revisionist or alternative historical narratives. In large-scale biennials, thematic museum shows, as well as galleries and independent spaces, artworks are being constellated in new ways, producing “atmospheres” between objects and viewers, and placing into question individual objects’ previous denotations. Such a shift can be discussed via theories of affect, and gives rise to questions relating to new modes of liberatory meaning-making, as well as the dangers of cultural amnesia.
Image Credit: Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology, 2014. Installation view at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Photography by Brian Forrest
About the Graduate Lecture Series
The Graduate Lecture Series invites students, faculty, and the general public to engage with emerging and established artists, curators, critics, and historians from local and international art communities.
The Graduate Lecture Series is free and open to the public.