'"Thinking About Exhibitions" presents a multi-disciplinary anthology of writings on current exhibition practice by curators, critics, artists, sociologists and historians from North America, Europe and Australia. It marks out the emergence of new discourses surrounding the exhibition and illustrates the urgency of the debates centred in and fostered by exhibitions today. The essays investigate exhibitions in settings outside of the traditional gallery as well as innovative work in extending cultural debates within the museum. Texts have been grouped in sections which focus on the history of the exhibition, forms of staging and spectacle, and questions of curatorship, spectatorship and narrative.' (Back cover, 'Thinking About Exhibitions')

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The Future of History
The Museum and the 'Ahistorical' Exhibition: the Latest Gimmick by the Arbiters of Taste, or an Important Cultural Phenomenon? - Debora J. MEIJERS
Brokering Identities: Art Curators and the Politics of Cultural Representation - Mari Carmen RAMIREZ
Large Exhibitions: a Sketch of a Typology - Jean-Marc POINSOT
For Example, DOCUMENTA, or, How is Art History Produced? - Walter GRASSKAMP
Staging Spectators
The Exhibitionary Complex - Tony BENNETT
The Museum Flat - Johanne LAMOUREUX
Naming Names: the Art of Memory and the NAMES Project AIDS Quilt - Peter S. HAWKINS
Grammatic Acts
Les Immatériaux - Jean-Francois LYOTARD
Exhibition Rhetorics: Material Speech and Utter Sense - Bruce W. FERGUSON
Creating Spaces - Gerald MCMASTER
The Discourse of the Museum - Mieke BAL
Curators or Caterers
The Great Curatorial Dim-Out - Lawrence ALLOWAY
From Museum Curator to Exhibition Auteur: Inventing a Singular Position - Natalie HEINICH, Michael POLLAK
Constructing the Spectacle of Culture in Museums - Ivan KARP, Fred WILSON
The Show You Love to Hate: a Psychology of the Mega-Exhibition - John MILLER
Free Fall - Freeze Frame: Africa, Exhibitions, Artists - Clementine DELISS
Spatial Play
The One-Picture Gallery - Valery Petrovich SAZONOV
Dissenting Spaces - Judith BARRY
Function of Architecture: Notes on Work in Connection with the Places Where it is Installed Taken between 1967 and 1975, Some of Which are Specially Summarized Here - Daniel BUREN, 布倫達尼爾
The Gallery as a Gesture - Brian O'DOHERTY
Postmodernism's Museum without Walls - Rosalind KRAUSS
The Exhibited Redistributed: a Case for Reassessing Space - Reesa GREENBERG
The Exhibition Condition
A Visual Machine: Art Installation and Its Modern Archetypes - Germano CELANT
The Institutionalization of Dissent - Sandy NAIRNE
Modernism, Nationalsim and Beyond: a Critical History of Exhibitions of First Nations Art - Diana NEMIROFF
In and Out of Place - Andrea FRASER
What's Important about the History of Modern Art Exhibitions? - Martha WARD
Thinking About Exhibitions
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