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Exhibition as Social Intervention: ‘Culture in Action’ 1993, Joshua Decter, Helmut Draxler and Others London: Afterall Books (2014), 224 pp., Paperback, ISBN: 978-3-86335-448-0, US$27.50

New Collecting: Exhibiting and Audiences After New Media art, Beryl Graham (ed.) Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate (2014), 234 pp., Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-40944-894-5, E-book, ISBN: 978-1-40944-895-2, £60.00

Show Time: The 50 Most Influential Exhibitions of Contemporary art, Jens Hoffmann London: Thames and Hudson (2014), 256 pp., Hardcover, ISBN: 978-0-50023-911-7, £29.95

The Multisensory Museum: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Touch, Sound, Smell, Memory and Space, Nina Levent and Alvaro Pascual-Leone (eds) Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield (2014), 384 pp., Hardcover, ISBN: 978-0-75912-354-0, US$75.00

The Armory Show at 100: Modernism and Revolution, Marilyn Satin Kushner and Kimberly Orcutt (eds) London: D. Giles Limited (2013), 512 pp., Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-90780-404-5, US$79.95

Curious Lessons in The Museum: The Pedagogic Potential of Artists’ Interventions, Claire Robins Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate (2013), 246 pp., Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-40943-617-1, £65.00

Self-Organised, Stine Hebert and Anne Szefer Karlsen (eds) Bergen and London: Hordaland Centre and Open Editions (2013), 168 pp., Paperback, ISBN: 978-0-94900-417-8, £17.00
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Affiliations: 1: The Graduate Center, City University of New York 2: Independent Curator and Critic 3: Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto Art Centre, and Trinity Square Video 4: Independent Critic 5: Baruch College, City University of New York 6: York University

Publication date: 01 February 2015

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  • The Journal of Curatorial Studies is an international, peer-reviewed publication that explores the cultural functioning of curating and its relation to exhibitions, institutions, audiences, aesthetics and display culture. The journal takes a wide perspective in the inquiry into what constitutes "the curatorial." Curating has evolved considerably from the connoisseurship model of arranging objects to now encompass performative, virtual and interventionist strategies. While curating as a spatialized discourse of art objects remains important, the expanded cultural practice of curating not only produces exhibitions for audiences to view, but also plays a catalytic role in redefining aesthetic experience, framing cultural conditions in institutions and communities, and inquiring into constructions of knowledge and ideology.
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