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This list provides a comprehensive bibliography for the Curating Contemporary Art lecture and seminar series. You can use it as a further reading list or to locate references that are not in the handouts. Please click the headings for a drop-down list.


Andreasen, Søren and Lars Bang Larsen (2007). The Middleman: Beginning to Talk About Mediation. In Curating Subjects, Paul O’Neill ed. London, Amsterdam: de Appel, Open Editions, pp. 20-30.

Bismarck, Beatrice von, Jorn Schafaff, Thomas Weski, and Irit Rogoff (2012). Curating / Curatorial. In Cultures of the Curatorial, Beatrice von Bismarck ed. Berlin: Sternberg Press, pp. 21–40.

Charlesworth, JJ (2006). Curating Doubt. Art Monthly, March 2006/ No 294, pp. 1-4.

Drabble, Barnaby, Dorothee Richter and Eva Schmidt (1999). Curating degree zero: an international curating symposium. Nurnberg: Verlag fur moderne Kunst.

Farquhason, Alex (2003). I Curate, You Curate. Art Monthly Vol.269, September, pp. 7-10.

Hiller, Susan and Sarah Martin eds (2001-2002). Producers: Contemporary Curators in Conversation (1-5). Newcastle: Baltic, University of Newcastle.

Hoffmann, Jens (2014). (Curating) From A to Z. Zurich: JRP/Ringier.

Hoffmann, Jens (2005). The Art of Curating and the Curating of Art. The Utopian Display Conference. Milan: NABA.

Kuoni, Carin ed. (2001). Words of wisdom: a curator’s vade mecum on contemporary art. New York: Independent Curators International / D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers.

Levi Strauss, David (2006). The Bias of the World: Curating After Szeemann & Hopps. Brooklyn Rail, 8 Dec 2006.

Lind, Maria (2012). Performing the Curatorial: An Introduction. In Performing the Curatorial: Within and Beyond Art. Berlin: Sternberg Press, pp. 9-20.

Martinon, Jean-Paul ed. (2013). The Curatorial: A Philosophy of Curating. London: Bloomsbury.

Obrist, Hans-Ulrich (2008). A brief history of curating. Zurich: JRP/Ringier and Les Presses du reel.

O’Neill, Paul (2007). The Curatorial Turn: From Practice to Discourse. In Issues in Curating Contemporary Art and Performance, Rugg, Judith & Sedgwick, Michele eds. Bristol: Intellect, pp. 13-26.

O’Neill, Paul ed. (2007). Curating Subjects. London: Open Editions.

O’Neill, Paul (2007). Curating: Practice Becoming Common Discourse. /seconds #3 (2007).

O’Neill, Paul (2012). The Culture of Curating and the Curating of Culture(s). Cambridge MA: MIT Press.

O’Neill, Paul (2012). The Emergence of Curatorial Discourse from late 1960s to the Present. In The Culture of Curating The Curating of Culture(s). Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, pp. 9-49.

O’Neill, Paul and Mick Wilson eds. (2015). Curating Research. Amsterdam and London: Open Editions & de Appel.

Rand, Steven and Heather Kouris ed. (2007). Cautionary tales: critical curating. New York: Apexart.

Reilly, Maura (2018). Curatorial Activism: Towards an Ethics of Curating. Foreword by Lucy Lippard. New York: Thames & Hudson.

Richter, Dorothee (2018). Propositions on Curating or How Much Curating Is Involved in Social Change. In With: A Bookazine on Collaboration between Cultures, Art Forms and Disciplines. Connecting Spaces Hong Kong–Zurich 2013–2017, Nuria Kramer and Patrick Muller ed. Zurich: Zurich University of the Arts, pp. 140-150.

Sheikh, Simon (2007). Constitutive Effects: The Techniques of the Curator. In Curating Subjects, O’Neill, Paul ed. London: Open Editions, pp. 174-185.

Smith, Terry (2012). Thinking Contemporary Curating. New York: Independent Curators International.

Stallabrass, Julian (2013). Rhetoric of the Image: Julian Stallabrass on Contemporary Curating. Artforum (March 2013).

Tannert, Christoph and Ute Tischler eds. (2004). Men in Black, Handbook of Curatorial Practice. Frankfurt am Main: Revolver Archiv für Aktuelle Kunst.

Thea, Carolee (2009). On Curating: Interviews with Ten International Curators. New York: D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers.

Townsend, Melanie ed. (2003). Beyond the box: diverging curatorial practices. Banff: Banff Centre Press.

Von Bismarck, Beatrice, Jörn Schafaff and Thomas Weski eds. (2012). Cultures of the Curatorial. Berlin: Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig & Sternberg Press.

Wade, Gavin (2000). Curating in the 21st century. Walsall: New Art Gallery.

Webster, Andy, Jon Bird and Garrett Monaghan (2005). Experiments in Open-Ended Curating. In Hothaus Papers: Perspectives and Paradigms in Media Arts, J. Gibbons and K. Winwood ed. Birmingham: VIVID/Article Press, pp. 201-208.

White, Michelle and Nato Thompson (2008). Curator as Producer. Art Lies, Issue 59, Fall 2008.


Groys, Boris (2006). Multiple Authorship. In The Manifesta Decade: Debates on Contemporary Exhibitions and Biennials, Barbara Vanderlinden and Elena Filipovic eds. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, pp. 93–99.

O’Neill, Paul (2012). Curating as a Medium of Artistic Practice. In The Culture of Curating The Curating of Culture(s). Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, pp. 87-129.

Richter, Dorothee (2013). Artists and Curators as Authors – Competitors, Collaborators, or Team-workers? Oncurating Issue 19: On Artistic and Curatorial Authorship (Jun 2013), pp. 43-57.

Smith, Terry (2012). Artists as Curators / Curators as Artists. In Thinking Contemporary Curating. Perspectives in Curating. New York: Independent Curators International, pp. 101–138.

Vidokle, Anton (2012). Art Without Artists? In Cultures of the Curatorial, Beatrice von Bismarck, Jörn Scaafaff, Thomas Weski, eds. Berlin: Sternberg Press, pp. 217-227.


Bennett, Tony (1988). The Exhibitionary Complex. New Formations No. 4, Spring 1988, pp. 73-102.

Berger, John (1972). Ways of Seeing. New York: Penguin Books.

Groys, Boris (2009). The Politics of Installation. e-flux journal #2 01/2009.

Crimp, Douglas (1984). The Art of Exhibition. October, Vol. 30, Autumn 1984, pp. 49-81.

Doherty, Claire (2006). New Institutionalism and the Exhibition as Situation . In Protections Reader. Graz: Kunsthaus Graz.

Ferguson, Bruce, Reesa Greenberg and Sandy Nairne eds. (1996). Thinking about exhibitions. London: Routledge.

Hannula, Mika ed. (1998). Stopping the Process: Contemporary Views on Art and Exhibitions. Helsinki: Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art.

Hoffmann, Jens (2015). Theater of Exhibitions. Berlin: Sternberg Press.

O’Doherty, Brian (1999/1976). Inside the White Cube: The Ideology of the Gallery Space. California: University of California Press. Originally published in four instalments in Artforum, 1976.

O’Doherty, Brian (1999/1976). Context as Content. In Inside the White Cube: The ideology of the gallery space. California: University of California Press, pp. 65-86. Originally published in Artforum, November 1976, pp. 38-44.

O’Doherty, Brian (2008). Studio and the Cube: On the Relationship Between Where Art is Made and Where Art is Displayed. New York: Columbia University.

Steeds, Lucy ed. (2014). Exhibition. Documents of Contemporary Art. London: Whitechapel Gallery and The MIT Press.

Storr, Robert (2005). The Exhibitionists. Frieze, Issue 94, October 2005.

Taylor, Brandon (1999). Art for the Nation: Exhibitions and the London Public, 1747-2001. Manchester: Manchester University Press.


Goldberg, RoseLee (2001). Performance Art: From Futurism To The Present. London: Thames & Hudson.

Graham, Beryl, Sarah Cook and Steve Dietz (2010). Rethinking Curating: Art after New Media. Cambridge, Mass: MIT.

Graham, Beryl and Sarah Cook (2002). Curating New Media. Art Monthly 261 (Nov 2002).

Jackson, Shannon (2011). Social Works: Performing Art, Supporting Publics. New York: Routledge.

Paul, Christian ed. (2008). New Media in the White Cube and Beyond: Curatorial Models for Digital Art. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Rugg, Judith and Sedgwick, Michel eds. (2007). Issues in curating contemporary art and performance. Bristol: Intellect.


Bechtler, Cristina and Dora Imhof eds. (2014). Museum of the Future. Zurich: JRP/Ringier.

Bennett, Tony (1995). The Birth of the Museum: History, Theory, Politics. London & New York: Routledge.

Buren, Daniel (1973). Function of the Museum. Artforum, vol. XII, no. 1, September 1973, p. 68.

Crimp, Douglas (1993). On the Museums Ruins. October 13, June 1980. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.

Draxler. Helmut (1992). The Institutional Discourse. In Meta 2: A New Spirit in Curating. Stuttgart, Kunstlerhaüs Stuttgart.

Duncan, Carol (1995). Civilizing rituals: inside public art museums. London; New York: Routledge.

Groys, Boris (2006). Multiple Authorship. In The Manifesta Decade: Debates on Contemporary Exhibitions and Biennials, Barbara Vanderlinden and Elena Filipovic eds. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, pp. 93–99.

Marchart, Oliver (2022). Hegenomy Machines: documenta X to fifteen and the Politics of Biennalization. Zurich, Berlin: (Dorothee Richter) and Marius Babias, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.).

Marstine, Janet ed. (2006). New Museum Theory and Practice: An Introduction. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

Schubert, Karsten (2000). The Curator’s Egg: The evolution of the museum concept from the French Revolution to the present day, London: One-Off Press.

Sharmacharja, Shamita ed. (2009). A Manual for the 21st Century Art Institution. London: Whitechapel Gallery & Koenig Books.

Sherman, Daniel J. and Irit Rogoff eds (1994). Museum Culture: Histories, Discourses, Spectacles. University of Minnesota Press.


Billing, Johanna, Maria Lind, and Lars Nilsson (2007). Taking the Matter into Common Hands: Contemporary Art and Collaborative Practices. London: Black Dog Publishing,

Bishop, Claire (2004). Antagonism and Relational Aesthetics. October 110 Fall 2004, pp. 51-79.

Bishop, Claire (2006). The Social Turn: Collaboration and Its Discontents. Artforum Vol. 44/6, February 2006, pp. 178-183.

Bourriaud, Nicolas (2002). Relational Aesthetics. Trans. Simon Pleasance, Fronza Woods, Mathieu Copeland. Dijon: Les presses du reel, pp. 7-24.

Bourriaud, Nicolas (2005). Postproduction: Culture as Screenplay: how art reprograms the world. New York: Lukas & Sternberg.

Doherty, Claire ed. (2004). Contemporary Art: From Studio to Situation. London: Black Dog.

Doherty, Claire (2004). The Institution is Dead! Long Live the Institution! Contemporary Art and New Institutionalism. Engage, Issue 15 (Summer 2004).

Doherty, Claire (2006). New Institutionalism and the Exhibition as Situation. In Protections Reader, Adam Budak ed. Graz: Kunsthaus Graz.

Dunn, Peter and Loraine Leeson (1997). The Aesthetics of Collaboration. Art Journal, Vol. 56 No. 1, Aesthetics and the Body Politic (Spring 1997), pp. 26-37.

Gillick, Liam and Maria Lind (2005). Curating with Light Luggage. Frankfurt: Revolver/Kunstvereinmunich.

Kester, Grant H. (2012). The One and the Many: Contemporary Collaborative Art in a Global Context. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Lind, Maria, Johanna Billingand and Lars Nilsson (2008). Taking the Matter into Common Hands: Contemporary Art and Collaborative Practices. Black Dog Publishing.

Lind, Maria (2010). The Collaborative Turn. In Selected Maria Lind Writing, Brian Kuan Wood ed. Berlin: Sternberg Press, pp. 177-204.

Martin, Stewart (2007). Critique of Relational Aesthetics. Third Text, Vol. 21, Issue 4, July, 2007, pp. 369–386.

Montmann, Nina ed. (2006). Art and Its Institutions: Current Conflicts, Critique and Collaborations. London: Black Dog Publishing.

O’Neill, Paul and Mick Wilson eds. (2010). Curating and the educational turn. London: Amsterdam and London: Open Editions & de Appel.

Obrist, Hans Ulrich (2013). Do It: The Compendium. New York: Independent Curators International/D.A.P.

Ranciere, Jacques (2007). The Emancipated Spectator. Artforum, March 2007, XLV, No. 7, pp. 270-281.

Raqs Media Collective (2009). Additions, Subtractions: On Collectives and Collectivities. Manifesta Journal #8: Collective Curating (2009/10).

Sheikh, Simon (2012). Burning from the Inside. New Institutionalism Revisited. In Cultures of the Curatorial, Beatrice von Bismarck, Jörn Schafaff, Thomas Weski eds. Berlin: Sternberg Press, pp. 361-372.


Coles, Alex ed. (2000). Site Specificity: The Ethnographic Turn. London: Black Dog Publishing.

Doherty, Claire (2009). Situation. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press and London: Whitechapel Documents of Contemporary Art.

Doherty, Claire (2004). Location, Location. Art Monthly, no.281, Nov. 2004, pp.7-10.

Gintz, Claude and Judith Aminoff (1993). Michael Asher and the Transformation of “Situational Aesthetics”. October, Vol. 66 (Autumn 1993), pp. 113-131.

Kwon, Miwon (1997). One Place After Another: Site-Specificity. October, Vol. 80 (Spring 1997), pp. 85-110.

Kwon, Miwon (2002). One Place After Another: Site-specific Art and Locational Identity. Cambridge, MA and London: MIT Press.

Lippard, Lucy (1997). The Lure of the Local. New York: New Press.

Papastergiadis, Nikos (2010). Spatial Aesthetics: Art, Place and the Everyday. Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures.

Rugg, Judith (2010). Exploring Site-specific Art: Issues of Space and Internationalism. London: I.B.Tauris.

Suderburg, Erika ed. (2000). Space, Site, Intervention: Situating Installation Art. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.