Title

The Issue of ‘Timelessness’: Psychoanalysis and Queer Theory at the Ruth Fluno Retrospective

Abstract

My presentation focuses on the Sheehan Gallery’s recent exhibition, "Today Will Be Yesterday: A Ruth Fluno Retrospective." I consider the position of both spectator and artist in the gallery space, questioning how and when an artist’s work can be “timeless.” Through a discussion of display choices such as the retrospective format, use of wall text and inclusion of documentary footage, I examine how the exhibition encourages a psychoanalytic reading of Fluno through her work. I then suggest that a more productive mode for encouraging active viewer engagement with Fluno’s work might come from applying queer theory to its display. I ultimately demonstrate how examining exhibitionary techniques through different art historical theories illuminates the capacity for objects to continue living and changing within and between communities.

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Lisa Uddin

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Art Theory and Critique

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Olin 129

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Oral Presentation

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The Issue of ‘Timelessness’: Psychoanalysis and Queer Theory at the Ruth Fluno Retrospective

Olin 129

My presentation focuses on the Sheehan Gallery’s recent exhibition, "Today Will Be Yesterday: A Ruth Fluno Retrospective." I consider the position of both spectator and artist in the gallery space, questioning how and when an artist’s work can be “timeless.” Through a discussion of display choices such as the retrospective format, use of wall text and inclusion of documentary footage, I examine how the exhibition encourages a psychoanalytic reading of Fluno through her work. I then suggest that a more productive mode for encouraging active viewer engagement with Fluno’s work might come from applying queer theory to its display. I ultimately demonstrate how examining exhibitionary techniques through different art historical theories illuminates the capacity for objects to continue living and changing within and between communities.

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