Modes of Connectivity: Dance in the Contemporary Art Institution
By: Isabel Vondermuhll
Published: 2017
Uploaded: 03/06/2017
Uploaded by: Arts Administration Program
Pockets: Arts Administration Program Theses (Permission Required), Arts Administration: General, Dance, Development, Philanthropy, Theater, Visual Arts, Museums, Crafts
Tags: contemporary art, Dance, museums, Performing arts, visual art

Description/Abstract: This study of four contemporary art institutions in the United States and Europe addresses the question: How has the introduction of performance into contemporary art institutions catalyzed changes to both dance and museums? I demonstrate that museums have brought dance into their fold because of a curatorial need to address how visual art was informed by dance in the twentieth century. I analyze the processes by which curators create performance exhibitions, and how dance has changed the role of the museum curator. In turn, I address how artists have problematized the presentation of dance within the gallery space, and how this challenge has produced choreographic innovations in the twenty-first century. Lastly, I look at how the incorporation of dance into the museum has affected overarching institutional goals through a demonstrated pattern of capital campaigns for designated performance spaces, as well as the emergence of performance acquisition.