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    Curating consciousness : mysticism and the modern museum / Marcia Brennan.
    by Brennan, Marcia.
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    Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2010.
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  • Sweeney, James Johnson, 1900-1986.
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  • Mysticism and art.
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  • Modernism (Aesthetics)
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  • Art museums -- Exhibitions.
  • ISBN: 
    9780262013789 (hc.)
    0262013789 (hc.)
    Description: 
    xi, 285 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
    Contents: 
    Modernism's mystical subjects: an introduction -- The nude descending a flowchart: Alfred H. Barr, Jr., and Marcel Duchamp -- Seeing the one "less seen": James Johnson Sweeney, in light of Marcel Duchamp -- Blood miracles and fire magic: the transmutational arts of Alberto Burri -- Illuminating the void, displaying the vision: Pierre Soulages -- Studies in self-creation and creative destruction: Jean Tinguely -- "A spark of light darting through empty space": Eduardo Chillida.
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    "Artists have often taken rational, material existence as a starting point for engagement with metaphysics and mysticism, but no book until now has traced a similar strategy on the part of curators. 'Curating Consciousness' focuses on one of the transformational figures of twentieth century curatorial culture, and the main protagonist of this (until now) unacknowledged curatorial practice. James Johnson Sweeney (1900-1986) was hired by Alfred H. Barr, Jr., to be the Director of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in 1955. He went on to become the director of the Guggenheim Museum in the 1950s and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in the 1960s. Throughout his career, Sweeney provocatively engaged motifs of mysticism in order to cast the modern museum as a secular temple of art. Sweeney believed that artworks could engender visionary perspectives and induce alternative modes of consciousness in their viewer." -- BOOK JACKET.
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    Includes bibliographical references and index.
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