Ethnography in the Art Museum

Considering how ethnographic approaches have been applied within art museums, and how these concepts may impact curatorial, learning and participatory art practices

Victor Pasmore, ‘‘Am I the Object Which I See?’’ 1974
Victor Pasmore
‘Am I the Object Which I See?’ 1974
Tate
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Ethnography in the Art Museum was the second of three events at Tate examining key questions for research and practice in arts and cultural learning organised under the auspices of the Tate Research Centre: Learning. This seminar focused on how ethnographic approaches and concepts have developed over time and been adopted within the art museum, impacting on curatorial, learning and participatory art practices. The event brought together artists, curators, museum professionals and academics who considered the historic trajectory of ethnography, it’s current status within the art museum and the challenges and opportunities posed by ethnography as a way of knowing and representing ‘the other’.

The day-long event included provocations from Curator Sam Thorne and academic Professor Patricia Thomson, University of Nottingham and peer-led small group discussions.

Listen to the audio recording of this seminar.

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