Swinney, Geoffrey N (Research Associate) (2017) Recycled objects: curatorial practice and the engagement of contemporary art in the interpretation of historical African figurative sculpture. Museum Management and Curatorship. pp. 1-19. ISSN 0964-7775

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Abstract

Through a case study approach those acts of assembling, juxtaposing and exhibiting collections of objects, which constitute the western museum, are analysed as artistic processes which produce the museum as a form of ‘public art’. The paper takes as its fulcrum L’Ange, a contemporary artwork formed from recycled materials by the Fon artist Gérard Quenum. It examines how this contemporary work is deployed in National Museums Scotland to recycle historic collections of African figurative sculpture into present-day displays. In particular, it focuses on how Africa is presented, represented and aestheticized in, and for, audiences in Scotland. Drawing on the Museum’s public statements, archival documents, and a semi-structured interview with the curator of the African collections, the study reflects on wider issues regarding the relationship between artistic and curatorial practices and the respective roles of artist and curator in producing that expression of public art that is a museum display.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Curator as artist, curatorial agency, material agency, museum as performance, public art
Subjects: A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
D History General and Old World > DT Africa
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Theme: Collections & collecting
Department: Science and Technology
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Depositing User: Ross Anderson
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2017 11:25
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2017 11:25
URI: http://repository.nms.ac.uk/id/eprint/1841

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