Dream Exhibitions is a series that asks everyone what unrealized exhibition they’d like to put on. Everyone’s invited, so dream a big dream, and send it our way (Corinna Kirsch, firstname.lastname@example.org).
I started Dream Exhibitions because I wanted to see if we can come up with new ways of thinking about art exhibitions. And, based on the submissions, we did. (I had been running the series weekly, but now it’ll just be run every once in a while.)
Looking back at the first edition of Dream Exhibitions, several trends ended up popping up like persistent gophers. The people have spoken and here’s what they wanted to see:
- Exhibitions in places other than galleries
- Art with not-art
- Contemporary art revisited
Michelangelo and Manzoni
Richard Serra’s “Tilted Arc” as a handball court (Trend overlap alert: This one fits in with art with not-art category and exhibitions in places other than galleries.)
John McCracken tombstones
- Major museum makeovers
Then there’s some twisted, dark fantasy ideas, like a Staten Island carnival full of evil-versions of artists. Ha.
Overall, what’s key to these submissions is that pretty much no one brought up creating new work. The lesson, it seems, is that we already have enough art out there to wrestle with, so let’s make better what we’ve already got. Now let’s just make that happen more often IRL.