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          A Conversation with CCA Curator Howard Shubert on Collecting and Exhibiting Architectural Models

        Abstract
        When collecting and exhibiting architectural models several questions arise. What happens exactly when the model enters the museum? Which role does it need to assume when exposed and made public? How can we consider its exhibition when taking into account the shift from working instrument to autonomous object? And what about the model’s significance and its role both in demystifying the architect’s work and mystifying his importance? Véronique Patteeuw opens up some of these questions in an informal talk with Howard Shubert, curator of the drawings collection at the Canadian Centre for Architecture. A CCA staff member for 25 years, Shubert is a privileged observer of the institute’s developing acquisition policies and curatorial programmes. Discussing the CCA’s acquisition policies, and the difficult role of the model once exposed, Shubert and Patteeuw ended up talking about Eisenman’s working models, Hejduk’s drawings for models, and on how to expose these models without losing their significance. 
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        Citation
        Patteeuw, V. (2011). Miniature Temptations. A Conversation with CCA Curator Howard Shubert on Collecting and Exhibiting Architectural Models. Models. The Idea, the Representation and the Visionary, OASE, (84), 123–127. Retrieved from https://oasejournal.nl/en/Issues/84/MiniatureTemptations

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