Date of Award
Master in Interior Architecture
The art world has historically been controlled by the wealthy and privileged. The institutions that have benefited the most have received criticism in recent years over the lack of diversity amongst their audience and artists represented on their walls. Community galleries can make up for the deficiencies of major art institutions and give voice to those who will not be noticed in traditional spaces (i.e. museums, galleries, auctions). This book details the process of creating a pop-up gallery that will serve the community through displaying, publicizing, and selling artwork. The process begins with organizing a committee to oversee the space, select artists, and offer support and guidance. Next, the ideal minimal spatial qualifications for the gallery are addressed along with promotional techniques. Finally, detailed instructions are provided to set up the exhibition system with illustrated potential uses and configurations.
To contextualize the system, a community building in Woonsocket, RI is used as the example site. The central location, positive reputation, and previous association with art aids to create an advantageous space for a community gallery. While Woonsocket is an ideal art setting, it does not define the characteristics necessary for success.
Iorio, Mary, "Community pop-up galleries : the instruction manual" (2020). Masters Theses. 534.
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