The Power of Display: A History of Exhibition Installations at the Museum of Modern Art

By Mary Anne Staniszewski

Artwork historians, ordinarily, have implicitly authorized the autonomy of the paintings and overlooked what Mary Anne Staniszewski calls "the strength of display." during this groundbreaking exam of install layout as a classy medium and cultural perform, Staniszewski bargains the 1st heritage of exhibitions on the strongest and influential smooth paintings museum—The Museum of recent artwork in long island. targeting over 200 pictures of the visually wealthy yet ignored heritage of exhibitions, Staniszewski records and deciphers an important bankruptcy of twentieth-century paintings and tradition and gives a historic and theoretical framework for a major region of up to date aesthetic practice—installation-based art.

Staniszewski treats installations as creations that take place values, ideologies, politics, and naturally aesthetics. Incorporating research of demonstrate thoughts utilized in shops, typical historical past museums, non-Western artwork galleries, and the foreign avant-gardes' exhibitions of the 1st half the century, she makes obvious either the specific and covert meanings present in exhibitions. a number of the questions she addresses are: What different types of audience do forms of installations "create"? How do exhibition designs impact the meanings and receptions of particular items, photographs, artifacts, and structures once they are displayed? How do installations form the viewer's event of the cultural ritual of a museum stopover at? How does an amnesia concerning exhibition layout have an effect on artwork heritage, the artwork international, and collective cultural memories?

one of the artists, designers, architects, and curators whose installations the writer positive factors are Dennis Adams, Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Herbert Bayer, René d'Harnoncourt, Ray and Charles Eames, Hans Haacke, David Hammons, Philip Johnson, Frederick Kiesler, Barbara Kruger, Louise Lawler, El Lissitzky, Adrian Piper, Lilly Reich, William Rubin, Paul Rudolph, Edward Steichen, Giuseppe Terragni, and Kirk Varnedoe.

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