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Art Administration as Performative Practice / Organizing Art as Institutional Critique

Snider, Jennifer (2015) Art Administration as Performative Practice / Organizing Art as Institutional Critique. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Snider, Jennifer

A propositional rethinking of art administration within the artist-run institution, this thesis contributes new conceptualizations of operations of the artist-run centre in Canada. The suggestion is that art administration practiced therein is a specialized embodied expression of the institution as apparatus. Proposing that the Canadian artist- run context is a form of and forum for institutional critique, this analysis argues that the art administrator is a unique practice of mediation in art called “diagnostic organizing;” a negotiative role gesturing toward performative relationships to protocol. Recontextualizing art administration as embodying the interface between art and policy, this study also names “performing the context” as an experimental and critical approach to arts facilitation. The work of artist Andrea Fraser is investigated for her writing and practices of institutional critique, as is the arts presentation project Kunstverein Toronto where Co-Director’s Kari Cwynar and Kara Hamilton’s performative language and gestures communicate their facilitative practices.

Date: April 2015
Uncontrolled Keywords: Art Administration, Artist-Run, Critique, Diagnostic Organizing, Andrea Fraser, Kunstverein Toronto, Kari Cwynar, Kara Hamilton, Performative
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2015 14:55
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2021 00:15
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/295

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