'Published to mark the opening of the newly expanded Whitechapel Gallery in London, 2009, A Manual takes as its subject the role of the contemporary arts institution in the twenty-first century. Conceived as a contradictory project in thinking forward by looking back, the publication is structured as a room by room guide of the expanded Whitechapel Gallery. The book is divided into twelve sections. Each explores a different area of the Gallery, framing discussions about the development of contemporary art and institutional practice. Readers travel from the reception to the rooftop, encountering a series of galleries dedicated to the display of site-specific commissions, collections and temporary exhibitions. Likewise they visit the archive, education and retail facilities and consider the varied and vital roles that they play within publicly funded art organisations. Twelve authors—artists, curators, academics and directors of international galleries and museums— trace a trajectory around each typology of space, using them as springboards for wider investigation.' (from publisher's website)

Supplementary material provided include excerpts from annual reports found in the Whitechapel Gallery Archive, bibliography, and contributors' biographies.
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Onsite

Location code REF.WHC
Language

English

Publication/Creation date

2009

No of pages

184

ISBN / ISSN

978054881703

No of copies

1

Content type

anthology

Chapter headings
1 Reception | Introduction

- Iwona BLAZWICK

2 Installations | Boxes, Cubes, Installations, Whiteness and Money

- Brian O'DOHERTY

3 Collections | Threads of Chance and Intention

- Bruce ALTSHULER

4 Bookshop | The Incunabulum and the Plastic Bag

- Maria FUSCO

5 Exhibitions | From the 'Best Kind of Hanging' to the 'Eden Plan'

- Adam SZYMCZYK

6 Archive | Riddles and Secrets

- Nayia YIAKOUMAKI, Charles MEREWETHER

7 Gallery | The Whitechapel Files: A Pictorial Essay Drawn from the Whitechapel Archive

- Nayia YIAKOUMAKI

8 Private Museum | Indiana Jones and the Ruins of the Private Museum

- Chris DERCON

9 Cafe | Curating the Catering

- Niru RATNAM

10 Auditorium | A Theatre for Learning

- Mark NASH

11 Education Tower | Space: The Final Frontier

- Caro HOWELL

12 Skyline | Somewhere, Over the East End

- Sukhdev SANDHU

A Manual for the 21st Century Art Institution
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A Manual for the 21st Century Art Institution