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Allan McCollum
Allan McCollum.
Plaster Surrogates 1982/84.

Enamel on cast plaster, various sizes, 4 x 5 to 16 x 20". © Allan McCollum 1984.

Exhibition Credits
The exhibition is organized by Kynaston McShine, Senior Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture. The exhibition is made possible by the Contemporary Exhibition Fund of The Museum of Modern Art, established with gifts from Lily Auchincloss, Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro, and Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder. The artists' commissions are made possible by The Bohen Foundation. Additional support is provided by The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art. The accompanying publication is supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.This exhibition subsite and the online artists' projects by Allan McCollum and Fred Wilson are made possible by The Contemporary Arts Council and The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art.

Exhibition Subsite Credits
Greg Van Alstyne, Co-producer
Lilian Tone, Co-producer
Kristen Erickson, Co-producer
Isabel Hernandez, Designer
Joe Hannan, Editor
Patterson Sims, Deputy Director, Education and Research Support
OVEN Digital, Production

The public museum, since its founding in the late eighteenth century, has enjoyed a complex, interdependent, and ever-changing relationship with the artist. This Web site was created to accompany the exhibition The Museum as Muse: Artists Reflect, which explores this rich and varied relationship through a broad-based, international survey of works about museums and their practices and policies. Focusing on the postwar period, the exhibition also features earlier artists such as American painter Charles Willson Peale, several nineteenth-century photographers, and Russian Constructivist El Lissitzky.

The artists in The Museum as Muse: Artists Reflect have studied nearly every aspect of museums--from their curatorial and administrative policies, to their exhibition strategies and priorities, to their fund-raising practices--using a range of mediums, including painting, sculpture, photography, installation, audio, video, and performance art, to frame their critiques. Many have appropriated aspects of museum practice as a conceptual or formal strategy, and some have even constructed their own personal museums.

The word museum stems from the Greek museion, meaning "house of the muses," the nine goddesses of creative inspiration. During the twentieth century, the museum has expanded its function as a home or repository for the arts to become a locus for artistic inspiration and activity.


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Christian Boltanski  
Marcel Broodthaers  
Daniel Buren
Sophie Calle  
Janet Cardiff
Henri Cartier-Bresson
Joseph Cornell  
Jan Dibbets  
Lutz Dille
Mark Dion  
Herbert Distel  
Marcel Duchamp  
Kate Ericson and
   Mel Ziegler

Elliot Erwitt
Roger Fenton
Robert Filliou
Larry Fink
Gunther Forg
Andrea Fraser  
General Idea  
Hans Haacke  
Richard Hamilton  
Susan Hiller  
Candida Hoffer  
Komar and Melamid
Louise Lawler
J.-B. Gustave Le Gray
Jac Leirner  
Zoe Leonard
Sherrie Levine
El Lissitzky
Allan McCollum  
Christian Milovanoff
Vik Muniz
Claes Oldenburg  
Dennis Oppenheim
Charles Wilson Peale  
Hubert Robert
Edward Ruscha  
David Seymour
Robert Smithson
Thomas Struth  
Hiroshi Sugimoto
Charles Thurston

Jeff Wall  
Christopher Williams  
Fred Wilson  
Garry Winogrand

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