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Jaffee, Barbara

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School of Art


Through primary and secondary resources, research was conducted to examine the influence of alternative spaces on the modern day styles and processes involved in the curating of artistic exhibitions. Research focused primarily on the revolutionary alternative art exhibitions and the extraordinary talents of alternative curators to create venues for an alternative art realm. The historical details of alternative spaces delves into curators’ abilities to exhibit local and minority artists and cutting-edge artwork, in a not-for-profit atmosphere. Non-commercialized markets were explored through the investigation of the National Endowment for the Arts and its ability to financially support alternative spaces across the country. These historical events were then compared to the responsibilities and techniques of modern day curators through the investigation of alternative and modern supplementary materials, artist-curator relationships, and exhibition processes. The conclusion of the research focused on the Northern Illinois University Art Gallery in Chicago and its continuing support of alternative artists and exhibitions.


Includes bibliographical references.


23 pages




Northern Illinois University

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