An exhibition catalogue is a printed book produced to accompany a temporary exhibition or installation at a gallery or alternative space. It documents the contents of an exhibition, providing a forum for critical dialogue between curators, artists and critics.
It can take many forms from "descriptive catalogues," or large-format "coffee table" books with high resolution images and academically researched essays, to small informal pamphlets, or "handlists," that only include a citation for artworks exhibited, often without accompanying images.
Exhibition catalogues can be used as a generic term that refers to:
At the OCAD University Library, exhibition catalogues are usually treated as books and are assigned call numbers and included in subject order in the collection. Many are available as circulating copies (for you to sign out), but larger catalogues--especially catalogues raisonné--are reference only, meaning that they cannot be signed out of the library over night.
Given that they are treated as books, it can be difficult determining if you are sourcing an exhibition catalogue, but try to identify if:
Can I cite from an EXHIBITION CATALOGUE in a research paper?
Any source used to research an academic paper should be included in the Works Cited List/Bibliography. Be aware, however, that:
Despite these issues, in an art and design educational environment it is important to recognize the integrity and scholarly purpose of:
If you are still uncertain, you can use an exhibition catalogue in a similar manner to reference books, serving as a guide to your topic for sourcing: