Perry, L (2013) Feminism in and out of the art museum. In: Elke Krasny (Ed.) Frauen:Museum. Politiken des kuratorischen in feminismus, bildung, geschichte und kunst (Women's:Museum. Curatorial politics in feminism, education, history and art) (pp. 100-108). Vienna: Löcker Verlag
This essay was commissioned by the editor for the volume, who developed it as an outcome of an EU-funded programme for international networking between women's museums. The collection is chiefly comprised of papers delivered at symposia on women's museums, which were held in Vienna and Italy in relation to the European-funded project, and Perry was invited by the editor as the lead applicant in the Leverhulme network on 'Feminism and curating' to write a brief essay that communicated the developments within their parallel but independent network.
In the essay Perry attempts to consider the nature of the relationship between feminism as a political movement and the museum as an institution, as evidenced in projects from the 1970s up to the present; and makes specific reference to some of the key examples that were examined in the Leverhulme network seminars.
The essay was commissioned and delivered in 2011, and represents an early attempt to formulate some of the focused and scholarly discourse that later appeared in the introduction to Politics in a Glass Case, specifically the conflict between commercial and ethical imperatives within museums, especially since the 1980s, and the different and sometimes competing feminist perspectives on the validity of different feminist curatorial strategies.