Some contemporary artists claim that they think of their own practice in terms of exhibition and no longer in terms of medium, work or object. Since when, and why, can the exhibition be considered an autonomous art form? This course will combine a historical and philosophical approach, showing how major exhibitions from the 18th century are at the origin of the birth of the avant-garde and how present-day exhibitions influence contemporary art. We will take a fresh look at a series of major phenomena in current art practices: the new stakes of the exhibition practice, the notion of interdisciplinarity, and ecological and environmental issues. Sessions will include readings, discussions and visits to workshops and galleries, along with guest lectures by New York-based artists and/or curators whose works are at the heart of these new concerns.
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