Monthly Archives: January 2014

LITTLE WHITE CUBES: A Course on the Ideology of the Gallery Space (Revisited)

This course is part of the DCCA’s new “University” and starts Saturday, FEB. 1, 2014, 10 am – 2 pm and continues through February, every Saturday (10 am – 2 pm) at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts

LWC III: DCCA University (Every Saturday in February, 10 am – 2 pm, at DCCA) 

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LWC III contextualizes the gallery as a discursive space for learning the history and ideology of the white cube. Led by Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art Maiza Hixson (photographed above), this four-week practicum course on the intersection of curatorial and artistic practice will culminate in an exhibition in the Hennessy Project Space. This course will be a hands-on learning opportunity for students who wish to develop practical curatorial skills and a greater theoretical understanding of contemporary art. As part of the curriculum, students will create projects for the third iteration of the Little White Cubes exhibition (opening March 1-April 6). Transforming the gallery into a classroom, LWC III will feature DCCA University student projects, a visual history of the white cube, a classroom, chalkboard, resource library, and a smaller scale version of the Hennessy Project Space erected within the Hennessy Project Space for the presentation of ideas.

Saturday, February 1, 10 a.m.

The White Cube: An Ideological History of Gallery Spaces

Group Classroom Assignment: Visualizing a Timeline of the History of the White Cube

Drawing on Brian O’Doherty’s text Inside the White Cube: The Ideology of the Gallery Space and Paul O’Neill’s The Culture of Curating and the Curating of Cultures, and additional readings, we will chart the development of the modern gallery space from one of religious underpinnings to its further institutionalization in contemporary art.