P109
Curating with an Anthropological Approach

Convenors:
Emily Pringle (Tate Gallery)
Format:
Panels
Location:
Brunei Gallery - B201
Start time:
1 June, 2018 at 11:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

This session focuses on contemporary curatorial and artistic strategies and museum practices examined through the lens of the anthropological and addresses the ethics and practicalities of presenting non-western art in western contexts.

Long abstract:

This session focuses on contemporary curatorial and artistic strategies and museum practices examined through the lens of the anthropological. Addressing the ethics and practicalities of presenting non-western art in western contexts, the panel reveals and problematizes current museological and curatorial approaches to the presentation of objects and the representation of cultures. Papers consider how art, aesthetics and anthropology play out in curatorial practice and explore how post-colonial discourse, performance practice, critical museology and the rise of the digital are shaping art museums in the twenty first century. Case studies from across the world raise questions for art and anthropological museums - to what extent should the non-western object be framed according to aesthetic criteria and how can it be 'appropriately' contextualised? How can contemporary art practices disrupt and contribute to our understanding of ethnographic objects? In what ways does an anthropological approach inform, both negatively and positively, the way museums represent people and art?