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Museum Highlights: A Gallery Talk
For Museum Highlights: A Gallery Talk, a performance held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1989 and recorded on video, Andrea Fraser assumed the role of a museum docent, under the name Jane Castelton. She conducted a tour of the museum galleries, cafeteria, and lobby, making comments that were, in fact, largely drawn from institutional publications. For Fraser, Jane Castelton personifies a non-expert volunteer from an upper-class background who possesses "the leisure and the economic and cultural capital that defines a museum's patron class."
Andrea Fraser.
Museum Highlights: A Gallery Talk. 1989.

Video, approximately 29 minutes. Collection the artist. Photo: courtesy the artist

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