Exhibitionist #11


Jens Hoffmann, Julian Myers-Szupinska, and Liz Glass

A peculiarity of the current field of curating is an ongoing contestation over the very meaning of “to curate.” As Alice said in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, “The question is whether you can make words mean so many different things.” Humpty Dumpty answers, “The question is which [meaning] is to be master—that’s all.” On the cover of this issue is Thomas Ruff’s 1989 portrait of a young Hans Ulrich Obrist. If this fresh-faced guy has done more than most to consolidate the identity of the curator—as a ubiquitous, cosmopolitan character, tirelessly promoting him- or herself, an exhibitionist of the global age—he has also presided over that identity’s confusion and multiplication. Is the curator, as Obrist often describes the role, a catalyst? Or is she, to quote Obrist’s frequent collaborator Suzanne Pagé, a modest commis de l’artiste, an “artist’s clerk”?

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  • Overture

    Jens Hoffmann, Julian Myers-Szupinska, and Liz Glass

  • Curators’ Favorites

    Natasha Ginwala
    A Year of 29 Months

    Guy Brett
    Fiat Lux

    Vincent Honoré
    A Machine for Exhibiting

  • Back in the Day

    Clémentine Deliss
    Objets actanciels / Agent Objects

  • Missing in Action

    Rasheed Araeen
    When chickens come home to roost

    Introduced by Chelsea Haines

  • Attitude

    João Ribas
    Curating as Spatial Resistance

  • Assessments:
    Historias Mestiças

    Claire Bishop

    Cristina Freire
    Colonial Unconscious on Display

    Tobi Maier
    A Murky History

    Octavio Zaya
    Three Counts for a Brazilian Puzzle

  • Rigorous Research

    Vittoria Martini
    1970: A Biennale in Search of Itself

  • Six x Six

    Ionit Behar, Astria Suparak, Inti Guerrero, Gianni Jetzer, Sarah Demeuse, Nikola Dietrich

  • Rear Mirror

    Ruba Katrib
    On Puddle, pothole, portal

    Scott Rothkopf
    On Jeff Koons: A Retrospective