Systems of categorization and inevitable mislabels, material preservation and eventual degradation, and an impulse to record in the face of inherent forgetfulness—these contradictions feed Gala Porras-Kim’s (b. 1984, Bogotá, Colombia) interest in museums and their practices. Thinking alongside Carnegie Museum of Art curators who are reimagining the museum’s collection for a major reinstallation in the coming years, Porras-Kim explores the institution’s historical and present-day practices of caring for and presenting works of art. In the process, the artist surfaces the subjectivities and values of the institution in its efforts to steward histories of art—both intended and unintended.
The exhibition is organized by Liz Park, Richard Armstrong Curator of Contemporary Art, and Cynthia Stucki, curatorial assistant.