I thought I could add another interesting example to the list of curatorial transparency projects, but in retrospect rather than in advance: The exhibition Dear Lynda, currently on view at the Cooper Gallery at the University of Dundee features material from the archive of curator Lynda Morris. The catalogue is essentially a newsprint-like booklet (they call it an autobiographical 'zine) reproducing the material alongside extended labels/commentaries written in the first person by Lynda explaining the significance or story behind each object.
It is a refreshing change from usual curatorial-process-histories which are based around interviews with the curators (ref Hans Ulrich Obrist) in that this one is instead built around an archives.
A similarly wonderful show has been on view in the Education Center of MoMA about the papers of Seth Siegelaub which are now preserved as part of the library/archive at MoMA, though the labels are written by the archivist/conservator and not by the curatorial subject in question.
I wonder if we are seeing the next stage in curatorial study -- exhibitions devoted to the practice of curators. Can anyone name any others? (has the Getty mounted a show about Szeeman yet?)
Lindsay, it would be great if you could recap any links you've been sent off-list back here to the list for us.
On 8 Mar 2013, at 20:44, Lindsay Howard wrote:
> Hey CRUMB,
> I wrote an essay for Hyperallergic's #TumblrArt series called "The Way We
> Share: Transparency in Curatorial
> discussing Paola Antonelli, Nicholas O'Brien, and Domenico Quaranta's
> research blogs. If you have thoughts on this topic and/or examples of
> other curators who are developing research this way, please email me or
> leave a comment.
> Lindsay Howard
> @Lindsay_Howard <https://twitter.com/Lindsay_Howard>
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