University of Chicago Press, Chicago


424 Pages

ISBN 9780226713922

Still life

Ecologies of the modern imagination at the art museum

Fernando Domínguez Rubio

How do you keep the cracks in Starry Night from spreading? How do you prevent artworks made of hugs or candies from disappearing? How do you render a fading photograph eternal—or should you attempt it at all? These are some of the questions that conservators, curators, registrars, and exhibition designers dealing with contemporary art face on a daily basis. In Still Life, Fernando Domínguez Rubio delves into one of the most important museums of the world, the Museum of ModernArt (MoMA) in New York, to explore the day-to-day dilemmas that museum workers face when the immortal artworks that we see in the exhibition room reveal themselves to be slowly unfolding disasters.

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Domínguez Rubio, F. (2020). Still life: Ecologies of the modern imagination at the art museum, University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

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