Claire Bishop
White Cube, Black Box: Fifty Shades of Grey


Trisha Brown, Walking on the Wall, Part of Another Fearless Dance Concert, 1971. Photograph from the WMAA archives. Photo by Peter Moore © Estate of Peter Moore/ VAGA, NYC

A lecture by Claire Bishop, moderated by Nuno Crespo and Jürgen Bock, organised by the Instituto de História da Arte da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Maumaus and the Museu de Serralves with the support of the Goethe-Institut Portugal.

The staging of performance in the museum has recently come under fire from a number of art historians and critics, who argue that it is a misguided fad and has a cynical marketing gesture. Performance theorists, by contrast, have tended to analyse performance in the museum in terms of post-Fordist theories of labour. Both these approaches create a reductive bond between contemporary performance and neoliberal economics. This paper seeks to shift the discussion away from questions of spectacle, marketing, and labour, and instead to position performance more dialectically in relation to contemporary experience. Key to this argument is a discussion of live performance in the museum and its relationship to ubiquitous portable technology, particularly its impact upon temporality, attention, and the public sphere.

Claire Bishop is an art historian and critic based in the PhD Program in Art History at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is the author of 'Installation Art: A Critical History' (Tate/Routledge, 2005) and 'Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship' (Verso, 2012). She is the editor of 'Participation' (MIT/Whitechapel, 2006) and '1968/1989: Political Upheaval and Artistic Change' (Warsaw, Museum of Modern Art, 2010), and co-curated the exhibition 'Double Agent' at the London ICA in 2008. She is a regular contributor to Artforum and writes occasionally for October (MIT Press).


Avenida António Augusto de Aguiar, 148 - 3º C
1050-021 Lisboa, Portugal
Monday to Friday, 10h00 to 13h00,
14h30 to 19h00

Tel: + 351 21 352 11 55


Independent Study Programme
Call 2023
Until 04.09.2022


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Sharjah Biennial 15
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Amanda Boetzkes
Realism Without Authority
01.04, 04.04.2022
10h–13h, 14h–17h

Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Registration is free but limited to the number of seats available. Please send an email with a short CV to admin@maumaus.org by 24.03.2022. Confirmation of registration will be sent by email. The seminar will be in English.

Lumiar Cité

Rua Tomás del Negro, 8A
1750-105 Lisboa, Portugal
Wednesday to Sunday, 15h00 to 19h00
or by appointment.
Tel: + 351 21 755 15 70

Loretta Fahrenholz
Circle Navel Nil
24.04. – 27.06.2021

24.06 | 18h00 Online conversation with Sabeth

Buchmann, Loretta Fahrenholz and Jürgen Bock


Anna Schachinger
08.10. – 11.12.2022

07.10 | 18h00 Circulating Salt, Ayami Awazuhara
08.10 | 16h00 Opening of the exhibition


Willem Oorebeek
17.12.2022 – 19.03.2023
extended until 26.03.2023


Cosima von Bonin
Boy at Work
15.04. – 23.07.2023

15.04 | 17h00 Opening of the exhibition

20.07 | 19h00 Talk by Diedrich Diederichsen


Alejandro Cesarco
Other Recent Examples
Artium Museum, Vitoria-Gasteiz
24.03. – 24.09.2023


The Educational Web
Kunstverein in Hamburg
01.04. – 06.08.2023

Closed 24, 25, 31 December and 1 January

Arne Kaiser and Jürgen Bock

In cooperation with Lumiar Cité:

Tiffany Chung
Thu Thiêm: an archaeological
project for future remembrance
08.06. - 08.09.2019

Johann Jacobs Museum

In co-production with Lumiar Cité:

Alejandro Cesarco
Other Recent Examples
24.03. - 24.09.2023

Artium Museum

The Educational Web
31.03. - 06.08.2023

Kunstverein in Hamburg

Maumaus/Lumiar Cité is funded by República Portuguesa – Cultura/Direção-Geral das Artes. With the support of Câmara Municipal de Lisboa and Junta de Freguesia do Lumiar

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