The Past in the Present
Recent high profile events and exhibitions have been dedicated to placing the old and the new in the same space. This issue explores the challenges and opportunities that historical collections or exhibitions present. It reveals that contemporary art figures prominently in the thinking of art professionals about the historical. In every contribution to this issue, contemporary art is part of the interpretive, curatorial or educational strategy under discussion. Hence the overarching question addressed in this volume could be re-framed as: How can the art of the present reconfigure our understanding of the past?
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Editor: Karen Raney
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engage 31: The Past in the Present
Published by engage, London
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Engaging Young People in ‘the art of our time’?
Filling Archival Gaps: The role of participatory curatorial projects
Keeping up with the World: Collecting, displaying and programming the contemporary at the British Museum
Making History: Beyond re-enactment
Co-presenting Past and Present: Visitor studies on the reception process
Museums of the Self: House museums, emotional space and personal narratives
The Art of Unravelling the Past
This is the Time: Past, present and future at The Glasgow School of Art
Old Master Paintings through a Contemporary Lens
Art Historical Image – Art Historical Text
What We Have Done
The Archive and the Museum: Framing contemporary art practice
Case study: Menie - a portrait of a North-East coastal community in conflict
Bruce, Alicia & McAra, Catriona
Case Study: Brixton Calling! Reclaiming the Past in the Present
Burch, Guy & Dupré, Françoise