I feel like I’ve spent the last four weeks overstating my scepticism about contemporary art’s retrospectivity—as seen in the repurposing of modernist art and architecture, the incorporation of pre-existing archives, and the retrieval of outmoded mechanisms of display. All three are examples of art’s fascination with the past that too often forgets to keep its […]
November 1 to December 15
Curator and writer Marvin Heiferman organizes visual culture projects for institutions that include the Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian Institution, International Center of Photography, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the New Museum. Heiferman has written for The New York Times, Art in America, Artforum, and Aperture. His most recent book is Photography Changes Everything (Aperture, 2012). New entries to his Twitter project, WHY WE LOOK (@whywelook) are posted daily.
Pete Brook is a freelance writer and blogger for Prison Photography
Peter Burleigh is a lecturer at the University of Basel and the FHNW Basel
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