OTHER DIMENSIONS OF THE GAZE: WHERE IS CONTEMPORARY ART? Meeting in the exhibition With Sofia Ponte, researcher.
Throughout this conversation, driven by presentation of milestone events in the history of museums, the aim is to establish a space to exchange ideas and pose questions about subjects related to Contemporary Art exhibitions. From the end of the 1960s onwards, a fruitful debate was generated in relation to art museums and exhibitions. This resulted in several reinterpretations of the concept of the exhibition and development of practices initially associated to Institutional Criticism and then, in the 1990s, to Relational Aesthetics. These two tendencies emphasise the legitimacy of artistic strategies in exploring the phenomenon of art as an expression of an activity rooted in a political and economic system and a social and cultural system, from a perspective that questions the function and representation strategies of art museums. In other words, in curatorial activity, for the management of the meaning(s) of artistic practices, in the present and future, artists’ choices increasingly tend not to be taken for granted, and curators have been trying to understand the complexity of the dimensions of curatorial activity, beyond its aesthetic dimension.