Friday 20 June 2008

Three views

I love exhibition installation time. I think it's the intimacy with the work; art feels different in a packing case or leant against a wall to when it's fully installed.

That's why I'm really glad to see galleries writing about and posting pictures of exhibition installations, and sharing this feeling around. Three things that popped up in my feedreader today:

Kara Walker at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

A post about temporary walls and crate details (no, really, you do want to read this) and a link to more construction pics on Flickr

Click! at Brooklyn Museum

The photos in this exhibition were contributed in response to an open call and judged by the community. The exhibition designer has decided to print the photos in the show at sizes that reflect their popularity with the community, an interesting physical reponse to the tag cloud aesthetic. More about the exhibition here.

The opening of the Public Gallery, West Bromwich, England

The Public Gallery is "part town planning, part regeneration, part visitor attraction, part contemporary art gallery and part media collection". A "notoriously cantankerous and rigorous" gallery designer invents a "tree structure" to cope with the architect's "interior landscape".


emmjon said...

You might like to also look at the Australian War Memorial's blogs on the exhibitions they run. These blogs start when the exhibition team is first put together and allows people to see how an exhibition is put together, extra contextual information etc. They also have a general blog about goings on at the Memorial

Mia Ridge said...

I'm glad it's not just me who finds the installation process fascinating.

Courtney Johnston said...

You're not alone Mia!

I particularly loved the Brooklyn Museum's photos of their Ron Mueck installation - I'm not crazy about the work, but those images were super cool.

And, getting all 'I'd like to buy the world a Coke' about it, there aren't any formal opportunities (that I know of, anyway) for art installers and exhibition designers to share information and experience in NZ - just seeing how other people tackle lighting watercolours or making curved walls is interesting.

Mia Ridge said...

What about a ning? They can be public, so the content would be indexed by search engines, but it also has lots of tools for building a community.

Does it need to be NZ-specific? I'd imagine there could be lots of useful sharing across Australasia generally.