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Edited by Meredith A. Brown and Michelle Millar Fisher

with contributions by:

• Fiona Anderson
• Claire Bishop
• Meredith A. Brown
• Andrianna Campbell
• Sara Catenacci
• Marci Muhlestein Clark
• David Kennedy Cutler
• Michelle Millar Fisher
• Oriana Fox
• Jacopo Galimberti
• Andrea Geyer

• Sofia Gotti
• Sharon Hayes
• Marko Ilic
• Frances Jacobus-Parker
• Liz Magic Laser
• Simone Leigh
• Richard Meyer
• Alexander Nemerov
• Sara Greenberger Rafferty
• Ileana L. Selejan
• Amy Tobin

Collaboration has been a component of art making for centuries—from ancient Greek potters and painters to nineteenth-century photographers Hill and Adamson to the contemporary Raqs Media Collective—yet it remains a complex topic for art historians of all periods. Taking its cue from Sigmund Freud’s 1929 publication, Civilization and its Discontents, in which the psychoanalyst wrestled with tensions between the individual and society, Collaboration and its (Dis)Contents: Art, Architecture, and Photography since 1950 asks what it means to produce work together as individuals and why this might matter for the creation of art and scholarship in the twenty-first century.

This volume stems from The Courtauld Research Forum’s 2013 flagship research initiative, led by Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow Meredith A. Brown, which brought together a group of early career scholars based in London and New York who spent the year engaged in transatlantic conversations about collaboration and its influence on the histories of modern and contemporary art, architecture, and photography. The resulting collaboratively written essays and artists’ projects are timely contributions to the growing art historical debates around collaboration and collectivity and their relationship to modernism, feminism, Marxism, and contemporary practice. Collaboration and its (Dis)Contents explores not only what constitutes collaboration in recent art globally but also opens up possibilities created by collaborative historical and artistic research in a field that historically has privileged the traditional single-author text.

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Foreword: The Social Turn Ten Years On
Claire Bishop

Introduction: Collaboration and its (Dis)Contents
Meredith A. Brown and Michelle Millar Fisher


Chapter 1: Exploring Collaboration in Architecture, Planning, and
Renewal in California, 1935–1965
Marci Muhlestein Clark and Michelle Millar Fisher


Chapter 2: Margin of Life: Post-war Concerned Photography in Mexico
and Guatemala, 1947–1960
Andrianna Campbell and Ileana L. Selejan


Artists’ Project 1: Work
A Conversation about Work
David Kennedy Cutler and Sara Greenberger Rafferty


 Chapter 3: Points of Origin: From a History of Alternative Art to a History of Alternative Institutions
Sofia Gotti and Marko Ilić


Artists’ Project 2: In Times Like These, Only Criminals Remain Silent
Andrea Geyer and Sharon Hayes


 Chapter 4: Deschooling, Manual Labour, and Emancipation: The Architecture and Design of Global Tools, 1973-1975
Sara Catenacci and Jacopo Galimberti


Artists’ Project3 : BREAKDOWN
Collaboration ‘Breakdown’: A Conversation with Liz Magic Laser and Simone Leigh
Andrianna Campbell


 Chapter 5: Making Art with Your Kids: Generation, Cooperation, and Desire in Parent–Child Artwork of the 1970s
Meredith A. Brown, Oriana Fox, and Frances Jacobus-Parker


 Chapter 6: Collaboration is Not An Alternative: Artists Working Together in London and New York, 1974–1981
Fiona Anderson and Amy Tobin


Afterword: Beginning ‘The Ends’
Alexander Nemerov and Richard Meyer


Front and Back Matter [2.25 MB]

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