Course Description


The Commercial Art Gallery – Art History 3570 Spring 2020 – Professor Pamela Fletcher

This class, comprised of nine Bowdoin Students, explores the commercial art gallery as a distinct institutional form, emphasizing its historical and functional differences from other exhibition venues. The class draws upon theoretical and historical scholarship on museums and exhibition theory, but the primary focus is uncovering the history of the commercial gallery in Europe and the United States from the late 18th century to the present, and developing a theoretical paradigm within which to locate the form.