April 23 – September 2, 1994
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Hessel Collection Exhibitions, Major Exhibitions
Exhibited investigated different approaches to making exhibitions, and the ways in which particular exhibition contexts seek to ascribe value, meaning and aura to works. The exhibition took a single work as its focus, Thomas Struth’s work Louvre IV (1989). Louvre IV engages issues of the private and the public, the museum context, and the notion of audience. As a work which itself represents a moment when a certain kind of museum context was created, Louvre IV operated as the main agent of discussion and a negotiator of meanings in the exhibition. The exhibition consisted of six rooms: a room where works are curated on the premise of a visual semblance; an alphabetical room where a segment of the Rivendell Collection was presented in alphabetical order of the artists names; a collector’s room; a Nineteenth Century Salon installation ; a restrained white cube gallery; and finally a contextual room where work was treated as a fact for investigation. Exhibited brought the Rivendell Collection of Late-Twentieth Century Art, modes of exhibition practice and the galleries of the Center for Curatorial Studies into a collision in an effort to “denaturalize” the agreements between works, exhibition spaces, and social, political, and aesthetic contexts.