Let me in on that Meaning: Having your Curatorial Say and the Appointment of Art

Posted: December 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

Art is a social idea, a set of descriptions, an institutionally recognized discipline, and a historical trajectory, as well as the individual artobject we can point to on the wall or floor.  Art and Language underlined this point by replacing the art objects on display in the museum setting with description and analysis of the absent pieces.

Komar & Melamid: Italy, Least Wanted Painting

Komar & Melamid, focusing on the social consensus of art and its institutional foundation, have created a survey form for the creation of both the the Most Wanted Paintings and the Least Wanted Paintings and reproduced them in pairs for display.

Komar & Melamid: Finland's Most Wanted Painting

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer highlighted the large-scale social construction of art in a slightly different way by letting the social network create the artpiece through manipulation of lights moving and streaming over the night skies of cityscapes with his ‘Vectorial Elevation’ .

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: "Vectorial Elevation" webpage for moving lights, Vancouver

As Lozano-Hemmer says: “If people don’t participate, the piece does not exist”

“Vectorial Elevation” Vancouver 2010

But for art and its display as (inadvertent) conceptual gesture and as art meanings being formed within curatorial context, look to this page on Flickr (called “Fill the Gap”).

Luce museum; "what will go here" picture for Fill in the Gaps Fickr page

On this page you can see what artpieces have been loaned out from the Luce Foundation Center for American Art (part of the Smithsonian) and peruse the stored collection to vote for what may become its replacement. Their description of this process:

“Artworks often leave the Luce Foundation Center to go on view elsewhere in the museum, to go out on loan, or to go to the Lunder Conservation Center. If an artwork will be gone for more than twelve months, we are tasked to replace it from the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Here, we ask for your help!
Check out the images in the set to find the current gap. If the recommended artwork fits within the gap, it will be submitted to our Chief Curator for approval. Once approved, it will be installed and the person that selected it will be credited on the object’s label. We document the entire process here and consistently monitor the comments.”

Luce museum; "what will go here"

The pictures are interactive and inform what will replace the piece, what is missing, what is available for insertion, and other information.

Networking Art meets Curating Artmeaning.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Vectorial Elevation, Vancouver 2010

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Comments
  1. maaretta says:

    Took a look at all the nations which where a part of the “Most wanted painting” series. A lot of landscape, incredible amount of blue and usually some from of animal standing alone was extremely common. Almost all of the paintings had strong similarities. Just proves that human beings, no matter where they come from, tend to enjoy the same things. At least in art we have very similar taste. Kind of touching to see. Funny and sweet project! 🙂
    I liked Lozano-Hemmens quote. It’s quite true. if people have no reactions towards a piece and cannot in anyway be apart of the piece, it can’t really be good art then in anyway. Hmm…

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