Reinventing Museums — Panel at NADA New York, Sunday, March 5

How are artists, curators, and cultural workers reinventing the idea of the museum to mean more to more people? At 2:30pm on Sunday, March 5, I’ll be moderating a panel at NADA New York with Alex Kalman of Mmuseumm, Ayodamola Okunseinde and Salome Asega of the Iyapo Repository, and Nico Wheadon of The Studio Museum in Harlem. The panel is part of Kickstarter’s partnership with NADA to present events, discussions, and workshops… Read More →

In the Zeitgeist: Art in Ad Spaces

Recently, a number of projects have launched with the intent of bringing art experiences to ad spaces. Art Everywhere, Art City, The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project, and even SFMOMA’s #PlayArtfully campaign (which I have worked on extensively) all seek to insert art into the everyday by making creative use of the spaces that normally assault us with calls to consume. Many of these projects seem to have the goal of pushing art-viewing… Read More →

Big news! I’m becoming a free(lance) agent.

In a month, I’ll be leaving my position at SFMOMA in order to pursue creative projects and freelance work at the intersection of art + technology. This is a big change, but the time has come for me to shift gears, and I couldn’t be more excited about what’s next. During my time at the museum, I have worked on so many fulfilling projects. I began as an intern in what… Read More →

Unpacking Our SXSW Panel, “Everyone’s a Curator: Do Museums Still Matter?”

In just a week, I’ll be presenting the panel, Everyone’s a Curator: Do Museums Still Matter? at South by Southwest Interactive with Kathryn Jaller of the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Sarah Bailey Hogarty of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and Jennifer Yin of the Asian Art Museum. Woooh, deep breath! In preparing for this opportunity to represent a museum’s perspective at SXSW Interactive–a predominantly tech-focused, innovation-obsessed conference–it has been interesting to think about… Read More →

Copyright/Social Media FAQs: Defining Best Practices for Museums

As our culture of social sharing has reached its boiling point, the lid has officially been blown off of traditional notions of copyright and intellectual property law. From the get-go, social media sites have imposed opaque policies that make it nearly impossible to understand exactly what is happening when you publish a post to their platform. While some extreme legal cases involving social media and copyright law have been settled in court… Read More →

SXSW Proposal: “Everyone’s a Curator: Do Museums Still Matter?”

In the age of social media, everyone is a curator (or at least they think they are). Media-rich networks have empowered anyone with an interest in art to both disseminate and publish their own creative images and groupings of artworks—essentially, creative Internet users have the ability to assume the roles of curator, artist, and critic, all at the same time. Where do museums fit into this picture, and how can… Read More →

Why don’t techies care about art?

Recently I’ve noticed the relationship between the art world and tech world becoming a bit strained. As techies earn more and more money at younger ages, the established art world looks older and stiffer by comparison. Of course, the art world is old – a visit to almost any museum will prove that, and any liberal arts graduate will remember the likely pairing of the two words art and history. When put in… Read More →

THE MYTHOLOGY OF LOST ART

“What the Photograph reproduces to infinity has occurred only once: the Photograph mechanically repeats what could never be repeated existentially.” ― Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography With an infinity of images at our fingertips, how has the value of the original work of art evolved/devolved? I’ve just finished The Gardner Heist, one of the most thrilling books I’ve read in quite some time. Reading the book has gotten me thinking a lot about… Read More →

And now, for the 2012 archives…

This year I’ve had the pleasure of being ridiculously busy. Lots of productive things have happened in the meantime, and I wanted to use this space as a repository for bits of text/media that are currently scattered across the Internet that I would like to keep around. If I had a more dynamic tagging structure for this blog, I would tag this post RELENTLESSLY SELF-CENTERED, so be warned. I was… Read More →

Participation = Success?

Today I was re-visiting a piece in the Wall Street Journal about Anne Pasternak, Creative Time‘s president and creative director. While explaining the success of Creative Time’s 9/11 memorial, Tribute in Light, Pasternak calls out the fact that the piece was heavily talked about, saying, “We fail when nobody pays attention.” This quote struck a chord with me. In this day and age, how do we measure “attention?” It goes without saying… Read More →