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

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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

Alan Read
The Dark Theatre:
Conditions of the Irreparable
11.-13.03.2020, 11 am, 2 pm

Auditorium Goethe-Institut, Lisbon

Independent Study Programme
Call 2022
Until 20.09.2021

Sjoerd van Tuinen

The Politics of Resentment

23, 25, 26.03.2021
12h–14h30, 15h30–18h


Sjoerd van Tuinen
The Politics of Resentment
12h–14h30, 15h30–18h

The seminar will take place online only.

Milan Ther

From One Institution to Another: Presenting Situated Aesthetics



Fogo Island Dialogues
Atlantic Codes
November 8–9, 2019

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Padrão dos Descobrimentos, Lumiar Cité

Lumiar Cité

Rua Tomás del Negro, 8A
1750-105 Lisboa, Portugal
Wednesday to Sunday, 15h00 to 19h00
and by appointment.
Tel: + 351 21 755 15 70 | 21 352 11 55

Ao descer a escada
Há um degrau p’ra me sentar.
Não há outro degrau
Onde descansar.
Não estou lá em baixo
Nem lá em cima estou.
Estou é na escada
Onde sempre estou.

Ao subir a escada
Não estou em cima, nem em baixo.
Não estou na creche,
Nem mesmo no sopé, acho.
Ideias estranhas começam a girar
Na minha cabeça
Fora do lugar!

Tonio Kröner
09.11.2019 - 02.02.2020

26.06 | 18h00 Online conversation with Sabeth Buchmann

Thompson, Jürgen Bock

26.06 | 18h00 Online conversation with Sabeth Buchmann

Judith Barry
All the light that's ours to see

Extended until 6 December 2020

In line with revised recommendations from the authorities, we are postponing the exhibition, which was scheduled to open on 28 March. A new date will be communicated in due course.

Loretta Fahrenholz
Circle Navel Nil
24.04. – 27.06.2021

24.06 | 18h00 Online conversation with Sabeth

Buchmann, Loretta Fahrenholz and Jürgen Bock

Veit Stratmann
13.11.2021 – 30.01.2022

Lumiar Cité is closed for the summer break between 16 and 31 August.

In cooperation with Lumiar Cité:

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

Johann Jacobs Museum

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

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