Public Showing

April 16 – 18, 1998

with Felix Angel, Doug Ashford, Herbert Blau, Mark Bradley, Jamie Owen Daniel, Rebecca J. DeRoo, Gail Dubrow, Claire F. Fox, Jane Gallop, Maria Gough, The Guerrilla Girls, Jacqueline Hayden, Carla I. Corbin, Lawrence Hoey, Michelle S. Johnson, Catherine Lord, Roxana Marcoci, Loren Mayor, Pedro Meyer, Arvind Rajagopal, Jock Reynolds, Suzanne Hellmuth, Mark B. Sandberg, Marcia Tucker, Paul Vanouse, Steffi Domike, Michael Mateas, Deborah Willis, James E. Young. Organized by Leslie Bellavance and Marina Pérez de Mendiola

The Center held the Conference Public Showing in Curtin Hall 175 on April 16 – 18, 1998. The conference explored the physical sites and structures of exhibition and the conditions of display of art, artifacts, and cultures, as well as the status of the objects of exhibition and collections. The conference was organized by Leslie Bellavance (a fellow at the Center during the year) and Marina Pérez de Mendiola (UWM).

photo of Doug Ashford presentation

Doug Ashford (School of Art at Cooper Union)

April 16, 1998

Welcome and Introduction
Kate Davy
Kathleen Woodward

photo of Rebecca J. DeRoo and Deborah Willis

Rebecca J. DeRoo (Chicago) and Deborah Willis (Smithsonian Institute)

Exhibition and Revisionist Stagings

Recasting the Institution

Marcia Tucker
“The Contemporary Art Museum as a Site of Innovation and Resistance”
Félix Angel
“Exhibiting in Non-Traditional Cultural Institutions”
Maria Gough
“LabArchive of Revolution: Refunctioning the Museum at the End of (Art) History”
Chair: Peter Doroshenko

photo of Félix Angel

Félix Angel (Curator, Cultural Center of the Inter-American Development Bank)


Pedro Meyer Event Flyer


Doug Ashford
“Notes for a Public Artist”
Chair: Scott Zuckowski

Herbert Blau
“‘Set Me Where You Stand’: Revising the Abyss”
Chair: David Crane

Pedro Meyer
“Where does the art reside in, within the Internet?”
Introduction: Richard Zauft

photo of Marcia Tucker and Maria Gough

(l-r) Marcia Tucker (Founder and Director of the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City), and Maria Gough (Michigan)

April 17, 1998

Identity Fields

Zoning Communities: Renewing History

Loren Mayor
“Staging Suburbia: Modeling Suburban Norms on Broadway and at Disneyland in the 1950s”
Michelle Johnson
“Boundaries of the Past: Space, Race, and the Creation of Community”
Chair: Lynne Joyrich

Objective Look

Deborah Willis
“Transforming the Image: The Black Female Body in Photography”
Jane Gallop
“Exposing the Family: Observations of a Photographed Mother”
Chair: Marina Pérez de Mendiola

photo of Jane Gallop

Jane Gallop (UWM)

Exhibiting Memory

Memorializing Culture

James E. Young
“The Uncanny Arts of Memorial Architecture: Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum in Berlin”
Claire F. Fox
“Lo Classico de Mixico Moderno: Gender and Monumentality in Post Revolutionary Mexico”
Chair:Gary Weissman

photo of Marcus Bullock and Pedro Meyer

Marcus Bullock (UWM) and Pedro Meyer (Mexico)

Memorializing Politics

Lawrence Hoey
“Sites of Catastrophic Cultural Memory: Reading the Physical Exhibits of the Two World Wars in France and Britain”

Guerrilla Girls Event Flyer

Mark Bradley
“Contest of Memory: War and Remembrance in Contemporary Vietnam”
Roxana Marcoci
“Brancusi in Camouflage”
Chair: Jeffrey Hayes

The Guerrilla Girls
Introduction: Chancellor John H. Schroeder
UWM Union Wisconsin Room

Deborah Willis photo

Deborah Willis (Exhibitions Curator and Museum Specialist at the Smithsonian’s National African American Museum Project)

April 18, 1998

Visual Display of Public Interchange

Aestheticization of Politics: Ideologies for Sale

Arvind Rajagopal
“Emerging Markets as Image, Space, Metaphor: Visual Stagings of Consumer Goods in Rural and Urban India”
Jamie Owen Daniel
“Marketing Che: Public Iconography, Political Memory and the Return of Tourism to Contemporary Cuba”
Chair: Paul Brodwin

Terminal Time: A Recombinant Historical Documentary

Paul Vanouse, Steffi Domike, and Michael Mateas
Chair: Lane Hall

Exhibiting Museums

Rebecca J. DeRoo
“Exhibiting the Ordinary: Memory Images in French Museums after 1968”
Jock Reynolds and Suzanne Hellmuth
“Trees/Gardens/Shelters/Art”
Catherine Lord
“The Anthropologist’s Shadow: Lesbian as Artifact in the Land of Enchantment”
Chair: Leslie Bellavance

Artifacts in the Expanded Field

Gail Dubrow
“Contested Memories: Re-Presenting Asian American and Women’s History at Historic Landmarks”
Jacqueline Hayden and Carla I. Corbin
“The Fairground: A Public Landscape of Event and Representation”
Mark B. Sandberg
“Displaying the Cradle of Culture”
Chair: Dan S. Wang

photo of Leslie Bellavance, Arvind Rajagopal, and Marina Pérez de Mendiola

(l-r) Leslie Bellavance (UWM), Arvind Rajagopal (Purdue), and
Marina Pérez de Mendiola (UWM)