[-empyre-] [–empyre–] Refiguring the Future, Week 1: Exhibition as Ecosystem

Theresa Ramseyer tlr280mp at gmail.com
Tue Mar 12 05:04:55 AEDT 2019

Being a layperson with little or no art knowledge, I'm here to learn, is
such a slowing down really a possibility? Especially for small galleries,
and those outside the "big cities"?

In Sarah's first posting, she talks about the lack of time she has "Usually
the shows goes up and then I have to
turn my attention to the next exhibition." That and the idea of a "Graduate
Curatorial Methods course" made me realize how little I know about
curating. I haven't had a chance to go through the google results.  I
messaged the curator of Joplin's Spiva Gallery and asked her to sometime
create some short videos or information that I could learn from. The
gallery staff is very small; they depend greatly on volunteers. If a
curator with much support, such as Sarah, has little time to interact with
the exhibitions, how much less time would one of Spiva's curators?

I will check with the local libraries about the books that have been
suggested - thanks to all for suggesting so early in the month.  It takes a
while sometimes for interlibrary loan to come through.


> In transcribing this call to slow down for the art institution and the
> cultural worker, Petrešin-Bachelez invites curators "to slow down their
> ways of working and being, to imagine new ecologies of care as a way of
> naming a continuous practice of support, listening, attention, feelings,
> that arise from encounters with objects and subjects. To radically open up
> an institution's boundaries and show how it works––to render it palpable,
> audible, sentient, soft, porous, anti-patriarchic––what could be the
> strategies that the institutions's staff could develop?"
> –Sarah
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