Curated by Matthias Michalka, to expose… is a comprehensive survey of critical art practice in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Featuring pivotal installations, publications, objects, projects, films, and interventions by more than fifty artists and artists’ groups, the exhibition focused on investigative, socially engaged work that also questioned inherited modes of display and conditions of reception.
Project Projects developed an identity for the exhibition, which was first conceived with the catalogue in mind. Referencing the design trends of the exhibition’s historical moment, it is starkly textual. Through the juxtaposition of a typeface native to that period—Citizen by Emigre Type Foundry—with a modified version of Kurt Wiedemann’s Corporate S, it self-consciously performs the typographic stylings of the period, while embodying the mode of critique that the work pursued. Its body text, Tiempos Headline, is an aggressively heavy serif, emphasizing the materiality of the written word.
In keeping with the research-driven practices of the exhibition, the catalogue compiles many different types of texts, from essays and interviews to original project texts and exhibition documentation. The catalogue features an color-coded indexing system, which allows works to be associated through various themes.