Contemporary Galleries, National Museum Cardiff
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NP Visit:
Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, Cardiff

Exhibition Matters is a seminar series accompanying the exhibition ‘Silent Explosion: Ivor Davies and Destruction in Art’ at National Museum Cardiff.

In conversation with her guests, and in the presence of the artist, Judit Bodor, co-curator and doctoral researcher of ‘Silent Explosion’, explores the internal processes of exhibition making in museums especially when it comes to presenting 1960s performances alongside art objects in traditional media.

The seminars will build on the experience of a three-year process of preparing the exhibition to explore how archival and curatorial practice, the institutional context of the museum, the nature and materiality of artworks exhibited and the close working relationship with a live artist together influenced the presentation and mediation of historical and intentionally destructive artworks in contemporary museum context.

The aim of these seminars is to investigate the importance of the mediation and exhibition process in our understanding of contemporary art. They also made publicly available the research undertaken as part of an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award between Aberystwyth University and Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales.

Judit Bodor is an independent curator, researcher and educator currently Associate Tutor at the MFA Fine Art at Cardiff College of Art and Design and doctoral researcher at Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth University.

Seminar 1:
25 February 2016, 2-4 pm
Conservation Conversation: How to ‘conserve’ material transformation and destruction?
With Emily O’Reilly (Principal Conservator Paper, Amgueddfa Cymru) and Rose Miller (Senior Conservator Easel Painting, Amgueddfa Cymru).

Seminar 2:
3 March 2016, 2-4 pm
Remembering Performance – Performing Memory: Using oral history to document performance histories.
With Professor Heike Roms (Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Aberystwyth University)

Seminar 3:
10 March 2016, 2-4 pm
Towards Silent Explosion: Curatorial dilemmas, processes and decisions in exhibiting historical performance 
With Nicholas Thornton (Head of Fine Art, Amgueddfa Cymru).

FREE Admission