Within the Pale in from: Beyond the Pale: the construction of femininity in the curating of an exhibition season at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

Robinson, Hilary (1997) Within the Pale in from: Beyond the Pale: the construction of femininity in the curating of an exhibition season at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. Journal of Gender Studies, 6 (3). pp. 255-267. ISSN 0958-9236

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Abstract

In the winter of 1994-1995 the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (IMMA) held a season of exhibitions under the umbrella title "from: Beyond the Pale". The publicity for the season high-lighted two issues in particular: the English colonial concept of 'the pale' as it was developed in Dublin, and the positioning of irish culture in relation to this in a post-colonial period; and the importance of the concept of 'the feminine' in contemporary art practices. This paper explores how women and 'the feminine' were positioned by 'from: Beyond the Pale'. It does this in two ways: by analysing the 'framing' of the season - in particular, the publicity leaflets and the catalogue; and by then attending to the curating of the two main exhibitions of the season. Through focussing on this framework (rather than particular exhibits) the paper argues that the season, despite its intentions to the contrary, re-built its own 'pale' and located women and 'the feminine' as occupying an emblematic, 'other,' or 'primitive' position beyond it.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Art and Design > Visual Arts > CREATE/Feminisms cluster
A. > School of Art and Design > Visual Arts > Visual Culture and Curating cluster
Item ID: 12921
Depositing User: Hilary Robinson
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2014 05:47
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2017 12:09
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/12921

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