Curatorial Rationale – the Universe at Large Essay

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Curatorial Rationale – The Universe at Large
At present, in today’s world, a pattern of an increasing disconnect between society and scientific discovery has begun to arise. As of July 2011, the United States, being a prime example due to the similarities and ties Australia has with its ally, have shutdown their space shuttle program, which was accompanied by a an opinion poll detailing that just 10 percent of American citizens believe there should be more spent on space exploration, 49 percent thinking the same should be spent, 23 percent believing they should spend less, with 6 percent believing NASA and the space program should be scrapped altogether (Whittington, 2011). This was followed by the unsuccessful motion made in the U.S.
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To achieve this, the gallery will remove everything that would detract from an art works appraisal of itself by cutting off all connection to the outside world to create a completely immersive experience. (O'Doherty, 1986).
The gallery in which this exhibition is taking place, The Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), though initially open and welcoming, does present some challenges within the physical structure of the gallery itself. The space has large glass windows surrounding the gallery which allows for excess light to filter into the rooms, which in addition to having large entry and exit ways, can subtract from the visual stimuli of the works. These challenges, however are minimal, and in the case for this particular exhibition, The Universe at Large, the themes of the group of works can work with this source of natural light to add other elements to them. In addition to this, the walls and roof of GOMA are white and the floors grey, which creates a clean, industrial aesthetic. Taking what O'Doherty talked about into consideration this successfully allows the art to speak for itself by allowing little interference between the gallery itself and the works arrangement and display.
By using an institutional gallery, such as GOMA, the focus of the exhibition the audiences allowed to observe on the works themselves rather than being caught up in the commercial sides of art. The physical attributes of the gallery correlates with its intended focus, in regards to the

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