Dumbest Themed Exhibition Ever | Open Thread
That refrain instantly sprung to mind, however, when reading of an exhibition discussed on the always thoughtful Art History Today:
More than just evidence that the age of the "curator as egomaniac" has finally reached its nadir, this idea for a show will go down in the history books as conclusive evidence that in the 21st Century there was no discernible difference between fine art and entertainment. It's over folks. Bring on the puppies and kittens shows.
The Parrot in Art: Durer to Elizabeth Butterworth ... now on at the Barber Institute, Birmingham University, is billed as "groundbreaking" thus giving new meaning to the term. Curated by the bird man himself, Professor Richard Verdi- wouldn't a basilisk be more appropriate-, it boasts a series of lectures which are guaranteed to pack em in. Here's the spiel:
"The show is to be curated by the Barber’s Director, Professor Richard Verdi, distinguished art historian, and keen parrot lover and owner, and will feature loans from public and private collections in Britain and abroad, including Tate, the National Gallery, the British Museum, the National History Museum, the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and the Rijksmueum, Amsterdam.This fascinating show will be of huge interest to parrot-lovers and art-lovers alike. As well as a beautiful colour catalogue, it will be accompanied by a series of lectures – both art historical and zoological — Art Alive! drama performances, practical workshops and other events — including Parrots Galore!, a special open day when the painted parrots will be brought to noisy life by a host of live parrots exhibits."
It all sounds like great fun, but it's shame that the director and his cronies have abandoned their commitment to serious exhibitions.
Yes, yes, yes, I know. I'm an insufferable snob. But I'm willing to bet I'm not the only one. So I'm opening up this thread for suggestions of the "Dumbest Themed Exhibition Ever" at a public institution supposedly dedicated to fine art. Let the snark fly.
Labels: themed exhibitions