Can Cultural Institutions Operate Beyond Capitalist Realism?

In “After the White Cube”, Hal Foster argues the role of art museums is to be ‘a space-time machine’ where ‘different constellations of past and present are crystallised’, to ‘transport us to different periods and culture’, and in return, transforming our own perspective on the present condition[1]. Foster’s main criticism of art museums constructed post-1960s is their excessive investment into creating ‘spectacle’ in formal architecture, which subsequently defined the art practices to follow — to place entertainment experience above historical and aesthetic contemplations. Foster points out the urge for museums to ‘activate’ not…

Cherry Cheng

Sotheby's Institute of Art, MA Art Business