Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2017 Mary R Chawaga
Museums are culturally constructed as places dedicated to tastemaking, preservation, historical record, and curation. Yet the contemporary isn’t yet absorbed by history, so as museums incorporate contemporary art these commonly accepted functions are disrupted. Through case studies, this thesis examines the successes and failures of three New York museums (MoMA, Dia:Beacon and New Museum) as they grapple with the challenging, perhaps irresolvable, tension between the contemporary and the very idea of the museum.
Chawaga, Mary, "The Cube^3: Three Case Studies of Contemporary Art vs. the White Cube" (2017). Scripps Senior Theses. 1066.