|This is an installation photo from the Embarrassment |
of Riches show, when it was on display at the
Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
As I see it, a contemporary art curator often functions as a sort of "meta-artist," when creating an exhibit. The best bring together a group of artworks to create something with a meaning beyond the sum of the exhibition's parts.
A good case in point is Embarrassment of Riches: Picturing Global Wealth, 2000-2010, curated by David E. Little of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. It is on display at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS, not far from my home. The show runs February 25-May 29, 2011.
This led him to seek out images by artists who "have captured the different ways that wealth manifests itself visually," and bring them together into a show. Sub-themes such as "Currencies," "Spaces," and "Ritual, Style, and Fashion" emerged as he gathered the images.
When my husband and I walked through the show after Little's discussion, we interacted not only with the beauty and insights of the individual pieces, but also with the cumulative effect of seeing them brought together in a deliberate way.
Photos are from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts website.