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The art of anthropology: questioning contemporary art in ethnographic display

Geismar, HL; (2015) The art of anthropology: questioning contemporary art in ethnographic display. In: Message, K and Whitcombe, A, (eds.) Museum Theory. (pp. 183-210). Blackwell Publishing: Malden, MA, USA.

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Abstract

This chapter explores the relationship between contemporary art and anthropology from multiple perspectives. While much attention has been paid to the nuances of regional, national, and subdisciplinary schools of anthropology, the framework of contemporary art, a much larger field of practice, has been far less critically unpacked in ethnographic terms. By exploring the resonance of contemporary art narratives within new museum projects, the framework of institutional critique, and the provocation of theories of assemblage, I highlight the border zones and aesthetic frames that constitute contemporary art in the ethnographic museum and trace some of the effects of this relationship.

Type: Book chapter
Title: The art of anthropology: questioning contemporary art in ethnographic display
ISBN-13: 9781118829059
DOI: 10.1002/9781118829059
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781118829059
Language: English
Keywords: contemporary art; ethnographic museum; indigenous art; institutional critique; new museology
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1411515
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