Curators Discuss Iconic Shows in Site Read: Seven Curators on Their Landmark Exhibitions

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage’s latest book, published by Mousse Publishing, is now available in paperback. Site Read: Seven Curators on Their Landmark Exhibitions features first-person essays from exhibition makers who discuss the shows they created that now stand as icons of structural innovation in terms of site.

Site Read explores the development of curatorial practice since the late 1960s, as well as the increased focus on the curator as a primary actor within the contemporary art world. Firsthand perspectives from the curators provide a framework for understanding the foundations and mechanisms of current practice and offer an invaluable resource for curators and curator-conscious museum professionals, educators, and artists.

The essays bring out the stories and character of exhibitions that treat the museum as a studio (with works realized on-site); appear outside the museum (in the landscape, in domestic spaces, in the street, in the sky); and take the form of publishing or broadcasting (in books, online, or on television), dispersing or networking (as mail art or simultaneous happenings in different cities), or interspersing (interventions in the public sphere). 

The contributing curators are Yves Aupetitallot on Pour vivre heureux vivons cachés (1984) and Project Unité (1993), Mary Jane Jacob on Places with a Past (1991), Lu Jie on The Long March: A Walking Visual Display (2002), Raimundas Malašauskas on Hypnotic Show (2008), Alan W. Moore on The Real Estate Show (1980), Seth Siegelaub (in conversation with Teresa Gleadowe) on The Xerox Book (1968) and the January, March and July, August, September shows (1969), and Jennifer (Licht) Winkworth on Spaces (1970), with an introduction by Bruce Altshuler. Paula Marincola, executive director of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, conceived and edited the anthology.  

To learn more about the book, visit pewcenterarts.org.

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