“Moves”

I am not a great fan of the fad for guestcurated exhibitions culled from a museum’s collections. How vain is the notion of the curator-as-artist that they convey! There are exceptions, of course: the “Artist’s Choice” series at MoMA, for example, was unexpectedly lacking in pretense while providing valuable information about the way artists thought.

But what if it is the very form of the exhibition, the exhibition as form, that is at stake rather than the subjectivity of the curator? The first guest-curated show to have been conceived in such reflective, typically Modernist terms was “Raid the Icebox I with Andy Warhol” at the Museum of Art of the Rhode Island School of Design in 1969 (it also traveled to Houston and New Orleans). Warhol not only pulled things out of storage, but also foregrounded the storage itself—its absurd accumulations, its dormancy in oblivion. He zoomed in on series,

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