Door to Door with Christof Migone
Thursday September 20, 2012
The curatorial premise of Door to Door is unabashedly utopic, it engages frontally with the implicit article of faith that art can act as a force of engagement, a conversation trigger, a tool for creative reflection. There is no naive presumption that reception will always be positive, or that we will be welcomed. There is no fetishization of the encounter. With Door to Door we are heeding part of Brian O'Doherty's call in the very last sentence of his essay The Gallery as a Gesture: "Or the gallery itself could be removed and relocated to another place." Here the gesture is even more radical, it is no longer off-site, but site-less. Door to Door shifts the question to one of exchange and investigates the specificity of where public space meets private domicile. The audience is no longer the passerby but the resident, the occupant, the one who answers the door.
A series of lectures, reflecting the variety of initiatives that are being generated by university art galleries across the country, will provide a context for the work done at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery and a means to highlight the scope of the research that is being undertaken by these university galleries.
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