In his essay, “What to Do with the Contemporary?,” Joao Ribas points out the irony with the term “contemporary.” What is the irony?
How does this statement connect with the previous essay on mediation?:
“Curatorial work––meaning the production of exhibitions and related discourses––is being shown through [the history of art exhibitions] to operate in a critical state of ‘in-betweeness'” (96).
What distinction does the Museum of Modern Art make between the terms “modern” and “contemporary?”
Read Giorgio Agamben’s comments about the term contemporary (page 108). What is your response to his views?
What is meant by “curatorial responsibility” (113)?
What do you think is the ethics of curating?