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The Museum and Curatorial Studies Research Cluster presents:

Griselda Pollock
Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art, University of Leeds

"Curating in the Freudian Space of Memory and Migration"

Thursday, November 5th / 2-4 PM / Humanities 210

What is curation?  In contemporary art, the curator functions as an author, the exhibition as text, the works as illustrations of a thesis, the catalogue as the monument, where the art is a series of photographic reproductions.  Is there a way to create exhibitions that function as an encounter in their phenomenological moment, the elements of the event jointly brought into being by the curator? Professor Pollock studies the history of feminist events as a history of exhibition-events and invites her students to think about the exhibition as a form of discourse and research through which to explore unexpected meanings, relations, and effects.  In June, she curated her fourth exhibition. The talk explores the coincidence of the chosen site, the Freud Museum in London (as a space of migration and memory), with the artist’s installation in these spaces.

Griselda Pollock is Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art in the Department of Fine Art at the University of Leeds, England, where she is also Director of the Center for Cultural Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies. Professor Pollock is the author of numerous publications, including: Encounters in a Virtual Feminist Museum: Time, Space, & the Archive (Routledge, 2007); Differencing the Canon: Feminist Desire and the Writing of Art's Histories (Routledge, 1999); and The Sacred and the Feminine: Imagination and Sexual Difference, edited with Victoria Turvey-Sauron (I.B. Tauris, 2008).

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Co-sponsored by the Visual and Performance Studies Faculty Research Cluster.

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