MJ#10

The curator as producer

MJ #10 inquires into the different ways in which curators can be producers, expressing their ideas through their practices. Moreover, it seeks to question how such a role affects the definition of the profession and discipline, and how the curator, forced to operate within the framework of the culture industry and negotiate elements such as entertainment, distraction, and mass consumption, can withstand these external conditions and invent strategies of resistance and critique within the format of the exhibition. In the Discourse section, Boris Buden explores the various points of view amongst art professionals on how to define the new role of the curator in contemporary art production. Pascal Gielen, on the other hand, discusses the problems of the curator in the today’s neoliberal network economy. Gijs Frieling describes in the Practice section his curatorial approach at Amsterdam’s W139: refraining from pressuring artists to produce art and explain themselves in the theoretical discourse. The Dialogues section presents an interview between Claire Bishop and Nato Thompson concerning the practice of critical and political curatorship. In the Positions section, Luke Skrebowski discusses the evolution of Benjamin’s “The Author as Producer” into “The Curator as Producer” and in Studies, Martha Buskirk gives a detailed description of how the Italian collector Guiseppe Panza dealt with the conceptual works of Carl Andre, Donald Judd, and others in his collection. The section Documents features reprints of essays by Lucy R. Lippard and Carl Andre, which were originally delivered at the Art Workers’ Coalition Open Hearing in 1969 at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

MJ #10 includes contributions by: Carl Andre, Claire Bishop, Boris Buden, Martha Buskirk, Céline Condorelli, Emanuela De Cecco, Christine Eyene, Gijs Frieling, Pascal Gielen, Claudio Iglesias, Lucy R. Lippard, John Roberts, Luc Skrebowski, Nato Thompson, Christopher Townsend, and Nathalie Zonnenberg.