Curating Under Pressure: International Perspectives on Negotiating Conflict and Upholding Integrity

1st Edition

Janet Marstine, Svetlana Mintcheva

Routledge
July 14, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 248 Pages - 12 Color & 17 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780815396192 - CAT# K344283
Series: Museum Meanings

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Summary

Curating Under Pressure breaks the silence surrounding curatorial self-censorship and shows that it is both endemic to the practice and ubiquitous. Contributors map the diverse forms such self-censorship takes and offer creative strategies for negotiating curatorial integrity.

This is the first book to look at pressures to self-censor and the curatorial responses to these pressures from a wide range of international perspectives. The book offers examples of the many creative strategies that curators deploy to negotiate pressures to self-censor and gives evidence of curators’ political acumen, ethical sagacity and resilience over the long term. It also challenges the assumption that self-censorship is something to be avoided at all costs and suggests that a decision to self-censor may sometimes be politically and ethically imperative. Curating Under Pressure serves as a corrective to the assumption that censorship pressures render practitioners impotent. It demonstrates that curatorial practice under pressure offers inspiring models of agency, ingenuity and empowerment.

Curating under Pressure is a highly original and intellectually ambitious volume and, as such, will be of great interest to students and academics in the areas of museum studies, curatorial and gallery studies, art history, studio art, and arts administration. The book will also be an essential tool for museum practitioners.

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