Thursday, 25 February 2010


The Exhibitionist: Journal on Exhibition Making

The Exhibitionist, a new journal made by curators, for curators, focusing solely on the practice of exhibition making. The objective is to create a wider platform for the discussion of curatorial concerns – encourage a diversification of curatorial models, and actively contribute to the formation of a theory of curating. It is published by Archive Books and will be distributed internationally, selling at major and specialty bookstores and newsstands.

The Exhibitionist will be published twice a year and will follow a strict editorial structure. In each issue, the Curators’ Favorites section will present three texts in which three curators write a personal essay about an exhibition, contemporary or historic, that has particularly impacted their thinking, followed by Back in the Day – an in-depth look at a historically important exhibition. In Assessments, the core of the journal, four curators will review a significant contemporary exhibition, each from his or her individual point of view. Typologies debates specific exhibition formats. Attitude features a text by a member of the editorial board reflecting on the current state of exhibition making. In Rear Mirror, two curators reflect upon exhibitions they have recently curated. And, finally, Endnote, a brief remark on a notable aspect of curatorial practice. Every fourth issue will include a conversation between some of the contributors about past issues; in this way the journal offers a forum for self-reflexivity.

The Exhibitionist: Journal on Exhibition Making
Editor: Jens Hoffmann
Senior Editor: Tara McDowell
Editorial Board: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Okwui Enwezor, Mary Jane Jacob, Constance Lewallen, Maria Lind, Chus Martínez, Jessica Morgan, Julian Myers, Paul O’Neill, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Adriano Pedrosa, Dorothea von Hantelmann
Editorial Founders: Jens Hoffmann and Chiara Figone

Archive Books is an independent publishing house committed to the development of a range of activities dedicated to contemporary cultural production. Its work explores and conveys art publications as a method to bring art practices into the public discussion. Archive Books aims to produce and distribute printed materials, allowing to create and maintain a dialogue between cultural research and the social sphere.

Archive Kabinett is a platform from where to experiment with formats and concepts related to the field of publishing. Its intent is to investigate art practices in the context of a wider cultural and social environment. Archive Kabinett’s agenda is focused on the shifting cultural values and distribution possibilities, aiming also to encourage a critical discussion around the function of an exhibition. From this starting point, it translates, organizes, and circulates critically invested materials.

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