ISSN: 20455836
First published in 2012
2 issues per volume
Volume 6 Issue 1
Cover Date: April 2017
Engendering Exhibitions: The Politics of Gender in Negotiating Curatorial Authorship
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Authors:  Nanne Buurman 
DOI: 10.1386/jcs.6.1.115_1

curatorial authorship,gender politics in exhibition making,the educational turn in curating,feminization of labour

Since the 1990s, a number of turns – such as the social, the discursive and the educational – have been observed in the curatorial field. Taking the increased interest in the relational dimensions of curating as a point of departure, this article investigates the gendering of exhibition making and the effects of gender scripts on conceptions of exhibition authorship, with a particular focus on the intersection of the educational and curatorial realms. After briefly sketching how practices and subject positions of curators and educators have been gendered and respectively denied or attributed authorship historically, I will consider not only the problem of the existing divisions of labour in the field but also the potentials and pitfalls of the educational turn in curating for renegotiating conceptions of authorship and authority under the conditions of cognitive capitalism, including what is known as the feminization of labour.
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