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PERSPECTIVE

The Problem With Display

BY REBECCA CLOSE

In the right context, artist museums are telling new histories

ALIA FARID, Monument to the Creative / Local / Informal Economy, 2008, 

site-specific installation in Villa Victoria, Boston, 2008. Courtesy the artist. 

The recent two-part exhibition “The Museum Show,” deftly curated by Nav Haq at the Arnolfini Gallery, in Bristol, United Kingdom, displayed a collection of approximately 40 “artist museums” that, asf the press release states, presented “museums that employ a classic ‘museological’ approach through to broader, more conceptual understandings of a museum’s infrastructure.” Many…

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