Onsider the pros and cons of thematic exhibitions and displays, as opposed to chronological ones.

A 5000 words essay
Theories etc

Theodor Adorno, The Culture Industry, London: Routledge Classics, 2001.

Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space, London: Beacon Press, 1992.

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Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project, Cambridge, Mass. and London: Harvard University Press, 1999.

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Jonathan Crary, Suspensions of Perception: Attention, Spectacle and Modern Culture, MIT Press, 2001.

Arthur C. Danto, After The End of Art: Contemporary Art and the Pale of History, Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1997.

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Hal Foster, The Return of the Real, Cambridge, Mass. & London: MIT Press, 1996.

Hal Foster, Design and Crime (And Other Diatribes), London: Verso, 2002.

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Charles Harrison & Paul Wood (eds), Art in Theory 1900-2000: An Anthology of Changing Ideas, Oxford and Cambridge, Mass: Wiley-Blackwell, 2002.

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Aby Warburg, The Renewal of Pagan Antiquity, Los Angeles: Getty, 1999.


John Elsner and Roger Cardinal (eds), The Cultures of Collecting, London: Reaktion, 1994.

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Ben Thomas and Timothy Wilson (eds), C. D. E. Fortnum and the Collecting and Study of Applied Arts and Sculpture in Victorian England, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.


Malcolm Baker and Brenda Richardson, A Grand Design. The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London: V&A Publications, 1997.

Stephen Bann, a?Poetics of the Museum: Lenoir and Du Sommerarda in The Clothing of Clio: A Study of the Representation of History in Nineteenth-Century Britain and France, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984.

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Anthony Burton, Vision and Accident: The Story of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London: V&A Publications, 1999.

Douglas Crimp, On the Museumas Ruins, Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 1993.

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Rosalind Krauss, a?The cultural logic of the late capitalist museuma, October, 54, 1990, pp. 12-15.

Charlotte Klonk, Art Gallery Interiors from 1800 to 2000, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009.

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James Putnam, Art and Artifact: The Museum as Medium, London: Thames & Hudson, 2009.

Karsten Schubert, The Curatoras Egg: The Evolution of the Museum Concept from the French Revolution to the Present Day, Ridinghouse, 2009.

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Bruce Altshuler (ed.), Biennials and Beyond a Exhibitions That Made Art History 1962-2002, London and New York: Phaidon, 2013.

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Claire Bishop, Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship, London: Verso, 2012.

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Francis Haskell, The Ephemeral Museum: Old Master Paintings and the Rise of the Art Exhibition, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2000.

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Sarah Thornton, Seven Days in the Art World, London: Granta, 2009.

Seminar Topics

Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Cubism and Abstract Art, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, reprint, 1974.

Benjamin Buchloh, Hal Foster, Rosalind Krauss and Yves-Alain Bois, Art Since 1900, London: Thames & Hudson, 2012.

Cornelia Butler, Agnes Denes and Seth Siegelaub, From Conceptualism to Feminism: Lucy Lippardas Number Shows 1969-74, Verlag: Konig, 2011.

John Callow, Grant Pooke and Jane Powell, The Art of Revolution, London: Marx Memorial Library, 2011.

Paul Coldwell, Morandias Legacy: Influences on British Art, London: Philip Wilson, 2006.

Serge Guilbaut, How New York Stole the Idea of Modern Art: Abstract Expressionism, Freedom, and the Cold War, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1983.

Martin Hammer, The Naked Portrait, Edinburgh: National Galleries of Scotland, 2007.

Charles Harrison, Essays on Art & Language, Cambridge, Mass., and London: MIT Press, 2001.

Charles Harrison, Looking Back, London: Ridinghouse, 2011.

Jon Kear (ed.), Art & Language: Portraits and a Dream, Canterbury: University of Kent, 2011.

Pablo Lafuente, Jean-Marc Poinsot and Lucy Steeds, Making Art Global (Part 2): Magiciens de la Terre 1989, Verlag Konig, 2013.

Lucy R. Lippard, Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.

Sophie Richard, Unconcealed: The International Network of Conceptual Artists 1967-77, Dealers, Exhibitions and Public Collections, London: Ridinghouse, 2009.

Anne Rorimer, New Art in the 60s and 70s, London: Thames & Hudson, 2001.