The course examines exhibitions that highlight the work of artists and designers who have been historically silenced or omitted from dominant narratives. The course is structured around the analysis of examples of pioneering exhibitions mounted in the past decade, or to be mounted in the near future. Case studies include Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair, Willi Smith: Street Couture, Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today, and Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now, among others. Through these case studies, the course explores how these curatorial projects have countered institutional erasures. Geared towards students invested in the intersection of museum studies and curatorial justice, the course examines how exhibitions are critical to address issues of visibility and invisibility.
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