A Global Museum
“Global” is a word that is now frequently referenced in art discourses, just as the call to include an international perspective increasingly has become an articulated goal for art history and institutions. Nevertheless, how a global approach is manifested remains contested. Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives (C-MAP), the self-described “global” program at MoMA, focuses on examining how a global perspective might be achieved in art history and the museum.
This Theme researches notions and practices of the global by juxtaposing different situated perspectives within a related or shared thematic framework––a methodology that elucidates both actual relationships as well as chance similitudes. Scholars, artists and curators from around the world engage with issues that have been taken up internally within the C-MAP research program, underlining the importance of a plurality of viewpoints for a geographically-inclusive approach to the study and exhibition of art.
Achille Mbembe reflects on the global present and observes a recurring demand for durability in a planet in need of political and aesthetic repair.
How does art history deal with the radical diversity of objects it encompasses?