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TALKING CONTEMPORARY CURATING, TERRY SMITH New York: Independent Curators International (2015), 344 pp., Paperback, ISBN: 978-0-91636-590-5, US $19.95

CURATORIAL DREAMS: CRITICS IMAGINE EXHIBITIONS, SHELLEY RUTH BUTLER AND ERICA LEHRER (EDS) Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press (2016), 386 pp., Paperback, ISBN: 978-0-77354-683-7, $39.95

CULTURES OF INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS 1840–1940: GREAT EXHIBITIONS IN THE MARGINS, MARTA FILIPOVÁ (ED.) Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate (2015), 358 pp., Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-47243-281-0, £75.00

CITIES, MUSEUMS AND SOFT POWER, GAIL DEXTER LORD AND NGAIRE BLANKENBERG Washington, DC: American Alliance of Museums Press (2015), 264 pp., Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-94196-303-6, US $29.95
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Document Type: Book Review

Affiliations: 1: University of New South Wales 2: RiverBrink Art Museum 3: Glasgow School of Art 4: York University

Publication date: October 1, 2016

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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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