Bachelor of Fine Arts Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-6-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Art, Department of


Watkins College of Art

First Advisor

Judy Bullington


The popular sentiment in curation among contemporary British art institutions has emphasized the attempt to reconcile with the divide between public art and art presented in institutions. The globalization of Britain in contemporary times has led to the wide dissemination of shows curated by British institutions. The location artwork is exhibited can change the reception and interaction with the work. Artists who use their work as a means of activism can benefit from the perception of a global audience. The question arises as to how impactful activism art can be when exhibited within the contemporary institution versus when it is exhibited outside of the institution. In order to examine art within and outside the institution, particularly in regards to installation art, the work of Cornelia Parker and Céline Condorelli will be explored. Looking at these artists through the lens of Jurgen Habermas’s notion of the public sphere can help reveal how contemporary curation can use artwork to create dialogue between the work and the space it resides in.



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