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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
Autumn 2012
Published by engage, London

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Editor's Introduction
Raney, Karen

Engaging Young People in ‘the art of our time’?
Ganley, Christopher

Filling Archival Gaps: The role of participatory curatorial projects
Piotrowska, Roma

Keeping up with the World: Collecting, displaying and programming the contemporary at the British Museum
Reeve, John

Making History: Beyond re-enactment
Baillie, Robin

Co-presenting Past and Present: Visitor studies on the reception process
Loeseke, Annette

Museums of the Self: House museums, emotional space and personal narratives
Behagg, Molly

The Art of Unravelling the Past
Smith, Matthew

This is the Time: Past, present and future at The Glasgow School of Art
Brownrigg, Jenny

Old Master Paintings through a Contemporary Lens
Barker, Jillian

Art Historical Image – Art Historical Text
Jantjes, Gavin

What We Have Done
McKee, Francis

The Archive and the Museum: Framing contemporary art practice

Contributors' Details

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


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