Title: “Museum Highlights: A Gallery Talk”
Artist: Andrea Fraser
Location: Philadelphia Museum of Art
Date: February 1989
Format: Performance


Andrea Fraser delivers a gallery talk as museum docent Jane Castleton, with a citational script compiled from a wide variety of institutional documents and philosophical texts (Kant’s Critique of Judgment among them). Fraser conceives of Castleton as “a site of speech constructed within various relations constitutive of the museum” (Fraser, “Museum Highlights: A Gallery Talk,” 107). The performance hints at how the didactic figure of the docent might be constructed otherwise and, in so doing, points to the otherwise opaque strategies of knowledge production deployed within the discursive apparatus of the museum.

See Also:
Fraser, Andrea. “Museum Highlights: A Gallery Talk”. October. 57 (1991): 105-122.

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