Simon Knell, The Museum’s Borders: On the Challenge of Knowing and Remembering Well (London: Routledge, 2021 ). Included in this examination of the role of disciplines and institutions in bordering the world is reflection on the ethics of the discipline of art history (ch. 3) and an investigation of the border formation and negotiation associated with Black art and artists in the USA (ch. 4).
Simon Knell, ‘Modernisms: curating art’s past in the global present’, in Simon Knell (ed.), The Contemporary Museum: Shaping Museums for the Global Now (London: Routledge, 2019 ), 13-36. This paper reflects on art historical attempts to embrace the new global reality and proposed situated modernities and situated modernisms as an ethical response.
Simon Knell, National Galleries: The Art of Making Nations (London: Routledge, 2016). The first global study of national galleries (or national museums of fine art). It examines the nature, history, architecture, curatorial practices of these institutions, looking particularly at how they construct the nation, as well as international and national art.
Simon Knell, ‘The gift of historical consciousness: museums, art and poverty’, in Viviane Gosselin and Phaedra Livingstone (eds), Museums and the Past: Constructing Historical Consciousness, (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2016), 206-222. A study of social boundaries in Vancouver and the transgressions of museums and artists.