The Exhibitionist Issue 5 Launch

The Exhibitionist Issue 5 Launch

The Exhibitionist

March 3, 2012
The Exhibitionist Issue 5 Launch

The Exhibitionist 5
Journal on Exhibition Making 

Issue Launch
Hosted by Collectorspace
Saturday, March 10, 2012, 6:30–8 pm
Cezayir Büyük Salon
Hayriye Caddesi 12
Galatasaray, Beyoglu
34425 Istanbul, Turkey

The Exhibitionist is pleased to celebrate the launch of its fifth issue on Saturday, March 10, 2012, from 6:30-8 pm at Cezayir Büyük Salon in Istanbul. Hosted by Collectorspace, the launch event will be a discussion between Lynne Cooke, chief curator and deputy director of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, and Frances Morris, head of collections at Tate Modern (International Art) in London. Jens Hoffmann, editor of The Exhibitionist, will moderate the conversation. The discussion will focus on the changing parameters for collection building and collection displays at museums. This is a timely subject for art communities around the world, as emerging private and corporate collections are increasingly opening to the public and evolving into institutional collections. 


Following its special fourth issue, “La Critique,” the fifth issue of The Exhibitionist returns to its established editorial structure. In this issue, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Bisi Silva, and Scott Watson each elaborate on a past exhibition that has impacted their curatorial thinking in the section titled “Curators’ Favorites.” In “Back in the Day,” Tirdad Zolghadr looks at 19&&, the first-ever exhibition organized by curatorial students (at the École du Magasin in Grenoble, France) as a key event in institutionalized curatorial education. For “Assessments,” The Exhibitionist asked four practitioners to review Pacific Standard Time, the Getty-instigated reexamination of the Los Angeles art scene, which took place at more than 60 different art institutions in fall 2011. In a variation on the journal’s traditional “Assessments” format, instead of all commenting on the same exhibition, Walead Beshty, Anne Ellegood, Mark Godfrey, and Rita Gonzalez each provide their thoughts on one of the many Pacific Standard Time initiatives.


The “Typologies” section offers three different perspectives on one of the oldest and most established exhibition formats, the collection show. Christine Macel, Frances Morris, and Mari Carmen Ramírez examine the motivations and processes behind institutional acquisition as well as innovative new developments in the presentation of collection displays. In “Attitude,” Ydessa Hendeles outlines her innovative curatorial methodology.


“Rear Mirror” evaluates two influential biennials that have fueled recent discussions; each essay is written by the curator of the biennial in question. Suzanne Cotter assesses the 10th Sharjah Biennial, and José Roca reflects on the 8 Mercosul bienal. Finally, in “Endnote,” editor Jens Hoffmann takes a look at growing concerns over the notion of “fair use” in exhibition making, questioning what exactly constitutes a breach in curatorial ethics.


The Exhibitionist is a journal made by curators, for curators, focusing solely on the practice of exhibition making. The objective is to create a wider platform for the discussion of curatorial concerns, encourage a diversification of curatorial models, and actively contribute to the formation of a theory of curating. It is published by Archive Books and distributed internationally, selling at major and specialty bookstores and newsstands. For subscriptions and individual copies please email Ellie de Verdier at [email protected]


The Exhibitionist: Journal on Exhibition Making
Editor: Jens Hoffmann
Senior editor: Tara McDowell
Associate editor: Chelsea Haines
Editorial board: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Okwui Enwezor, Kate Fowle, Mary Jane Jacob, Constance Lewallen, Maria Lind, Chus Martínez, Jessica Morgan, Julian Myers, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Paul O’Neill, Adriano Pedrosa, Dieter Roelstraete, Dorothea von Hantelmann
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Collectorspace is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that aims to activate critical discussions on art collecting, and to create reference points for new generations of collectors. Through its exhibition program and off-site events, Collectorspace presents different collecting practices and points of view on collecting.  


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