Critics Imagine Exhibitions
Edited by Shelley Ruth Butler and Erica Lehrer
Scholars are challenged to create their own exhibitions.
What if museum critics were challenged to envision their own exhibitions? In Curatorial Dreams, fourteen authors from disciplines throughout the social sciences and humanities propose exhibitions inspired by their research and critical concerns to creatively put theory into practice.
Pushing the boundaries of museology, this collection gives rare insight into the process of conceptualizing exhibitions. The contributors offer concrete, innovative projects, each designed for a specific setting in which to translate critical academic theory about society, culture, and history into accessible imagined exhibitions. Spanning Australia, Barbados, Canada, Chile, the Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, Switzerland, and the United States, the exhibitions are staged in museums, scientific institutions, art galleries, and everyday sites. Essays explore political and practical constraints, imaginative freedom, and experiment with critical, participatory, and socially relevant exhibition design.
While the deconstructive critique of museums remains relevant, Curatorial Dreams charts new ground, proposing unique modes of engagement that enrich public scholarship and dialogue.
Shelley Ruth Butler is a cultural anthropologist who teaches at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada.
Erica Lehrer holds the Canada Research Chair in Museum & Heritage Studies at Concordia University.
978-0-7735-4683-7 $39.95 paper
978-0-7735-4682-0 $110.00 cloth
6 x 9 400 pp 30 photos
The special issue of the Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies – Caring for Difficult Knowledge: Prospects for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is available online. Angela Failler, our SSHRC Partnership Grant Thinking Through the Museum collaborator at CEREV is co-editor of the issue. Contributors include CEREV director Dr. Erica Lehrer and SSHRC Postdoctoral fellow Nadine Blumer. Access the issue here:
Wed Nov.11th | 10:30am-12:30pm |CEREV | Concordia University | LB 671.00
Zsuzsanna Toronyi is Director of the Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives, where she is developing and curating a new permanent exhibition. Toronyi has published and lectured about Jewish history, material culture and heritage, and the challenges in curating Holocaust exhibitions. She is involved in the revitalization of the Rumbach Street Synagogue in Budapest as an exhibition space for Jewish heritage.
In this interactive workshop Dr. Brier will provide an in-depth look at the “I’m Still Surviving” project – a collaboration between History Moves and the Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS), the world’s longest running clinical research study on women living with HIV.
Dr. Brier’s interactive workshop will focus on research methodology and the ethics/politics of oral histories in relation to HIV/AIDS, and will include a consideration of research questions that participants bring to the table. Participants must have attended her lecture the previous evening.
Due to limitations on seating, workshop spaces will be reserved for the staff and membership of any HIV/AIDS-related community group in Montreal and all students and faculty in the departments of History, Applied Human Sciences, Cinema, Sexuality, Communications and the Simone de Beauvoir Institute.
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