The Exhibition as Artistic Medium: After Group Material

September 13, 2021 - October 21, 2021
Mānoa Campus, Art Building, Commons Gallery Add to Calendar

The Commons Gallery is pleased to present "The Exhibition as Artistic Medium" curated by UHM first-year graduate art students Olivia Ambo, Enrico Battan, Chelsea Birenberg, Kaitlyn Colborne, Olivia Dion, Erin Kreul, Mari Matsuda, Christopher McDonald, Erik Sullivan, Koharu Yonebayashi.

Events (free and open to the public)

Wednesday, Oct. 6, 12:30 – 1:15 p.m., Zoom talk with Doug Ashford.

In this exhibition, the first year graduate students in Department of Art and Art History, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, curated an object that is meaningful to them, after Doug Ashford’s essay, The Exhibition as an Artistic Medium. In 1997, Ashford, a member of the radical art collective Group Material, taught a class at Antioch College in Ohio under the course name The Exhibition as Artistic Medium, which asked students to collectively organize exhibitions.

Group Material was a collaboration of artists that, from 1979 to 1996, produced museum installations and artworks designed for advertising spaces. Attempting to directly confront the false neutrality of dominant museum practices, they adopted the uniforms of curatorial practice and publicity to engage new ideas of what art could be and whom it might be for. By including merchandising artifacts and marginalia, and by representing the politically disenfranchised and the historically isolated, Group Material created new models for the potential role of the museum. In doing so, they helped us understand the radical possibilities that artists present when they actively reorganize institutional traditions.

This exhibition examines our expectations around what defines artwork and value, and attempts to confront the false neutrality of the exhibition space. The class attempts to upend the traditional roles of master and apprentice or teacher and student, and to question who the gallery space might be for and how it wields authority.

(info is subject to change)

Image of Photo & Urn by Christopher McDonald

Ticket Information
Viewable from outside of the gallery. Following current covid-19 protocols.

Event Sponsor
Art & Art History, Mānoa Campus

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