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Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 2042-793X
  • E-ISSN: 2042-7948


Adopting the form of a retrospective review of the temporary site-specific public art programme curated by Mary Jane Jacob at the Spoleto Festival in 1991, this article contextualizes the project with reference to both subsequent critical responses and the broader informal professional reception of the programme. Consideration is given to the contestation of traditional museum practices; the construction of counter-histories; questions of affect and ethical positioning; questions of mediation and the conditions of critique; and the reputational stakes involved in experimental public art outside the traditional centres of the contemporary art world. The article concludes by asserting the importance of attending to everyday operational and reputational practices in constructing critical accounts and analyses of public culture.


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