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Subject/Keyword
gallery
archive
classifying
Mark
art
collection
archiving
Munson
frame
contemporary
display
Bott
museum
institution
Leirner
displaying
collecting
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Bertagnolli, Megan
Supervisor and department
Whitelaw, Anne (Art and Design)
Examining committee member and department
McTavish, Lianne (Art and Design)
O'Driscoll, Michael (English and Film Studies)
Department
Department of Art and Design
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Date accepted
2011-09-30T16:57:33Z
Graduation date
2011-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Working within the framework of the museum rather than attempting to resist it, Karsten Bott, Portia Munson, Kelly Mark and Jac Leirner represent the current generation of artists who are critically engaged with the museum. In this thesis I will make the case that by using their own collections, rather than existing ones as previous generations of artists had done, these artists actively enact the traditional museological practices of collecting, classifying, and displaying objects as well as the related archival functions of storage and preservation. The work of these artists is reliant upon the museum as a site and draws attention to the institution’s capacity to legitimize art. The result is a diverse set of works that raise questions about what kind of objects, people and experiences are recognized by the museum.
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English
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License granted by Megan Bertagnolli (mdb7@ualberta.ca) on 2011-09-28T03:38:07Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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