tagged: museums

One Year On, Is Theaster Gates Reimagining the Modern Museum at the Stony Island Arts Bank?

by Lindsey Anderson
I first visited the Stony Island Arts Bank about six months ago, on an unseasonably warm Saturday afternoon in April. As I approached the building, I was struck first by the sunlight slanting through its massive stone columns, second by how much it stood out from its surroundings. It looked as if the Field Museum had a child—a rebellious teenager—who snuck away from Chicago’s Museum Campus in the middle of the night to start a new life on a sleepy South Side street. And, in a sense, that’s kind... [more]
Posted by Lindsey Anderson on 9/22/16

No Photos Please: Finding Respect and Value in Museum Communities

by Adriel Luis
  I’d be lying if I said that I’ve always held a deep respect for museum guards. That I’ve reflected deeply on those who stand and sit for hours on end, thanklessly serving as the human buffers between the world’s greatest treasures and greasy fingers or forbidden selfies. The truth of the matter is, most of my interactions with guards throughout my life of visiting museums have been at best aloof, and at worst contentious. This is perhaps the residue of growing up brown, adapting a... [more]
Posted by Adriel Luis on 6/17/16

Memory and the Museum: We Need Artifacts to Live

by Rachel Elizabeth Jones
There is perennial tension between the line of “progress” and infinite irretrievability and the circle (cycle) of repeating patterns; humans, in ongoing rebellion against the forward arrow, use all available tools to create and preserve the always-receding past. Closing on January 10, two exhibitions at Montreal's Musée d'art contemporain (MAC) work together to acutely frame their own dialogue about time, materiality, and the role of the museum in protecting and destroying it. Camille... [more]
Posted by Rachel Elizabeth Jones on 1/3/16

Top 15 Exhibitions in Europe and the Middle East This Fall

by The Artslant Team
It's time to emerge from our summer carapace and get on the gallery trail again. ArtSlant's editors and writers have been sifting through the torrents of press releases and Facebook events to find the best September has to offer—from the big institutes to the alternative art venues that might not be on your radar. How do we decide what makes it into our top 15? Of course, there are many good exhibitions to be found outside of this necessary reduction, but our editorial staff have an eye for art... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 8/30/15

Los Angeles to Open Its Largest Free Contemporary Art Museum

by Kimberly B. Johnson
Los Angeles’ latest contemporary art access point, The Broad Museum, will officially open its doors to the public on September 20. This is exciting news for Angelenos, as the 120,000-square-foot structure will house more than 2,000 works from the Broad Art Foundation and the personal collections of long-time philanthropists and art enthusiasts, Eli and Edythe Broad. According to Joanne Heyler, founding director of The Broad and chief curator of The Broad Art Foundation, this means access to... [more]
Posted by Kimberly B. Johnson on 7/23/15

Coming and Going: Staging Semiotics in Contemporary Performance Art

by Vanessa Gravenor
A young-girl enters the room, she gives a speech, she engages with the audience, she exits. Her acting double, an identically looking young-girl, enters the room after her. She performs the same speech in German with a slight variation. Both girls perform the same character—a character modeled after manga character Ann Lee. In their combined acting, they agree to share the personality of a constructed character schizophrenically. They (she) perform an idea of identity that has been crafted by... [more]
Posted by Vanessa Gravenor on 7/22/15

The Place of the Museum: Jacob Lawrence at MoMA

by Joel Kuennen
That was Michelle Obama at the opening of the new Whitney Museum in New York last week. Racist right-wing rags decried the missive as "race-baiting" but the message is indeed very needed and a short trip uptown to MoMA will show you why.  MoMA has been a contentious site. Contended by tastemakers and aesthetes for its iconic nature and its ability to direct attention and generate conversation in the art world. Controversies and failures, of one kind or another, dot its recent history but... [more]
Posted by Joel Kuennen on 5/7/15

Exploring Art Dynasties

by Leah Abir, Orit Bulgaru
The co-curators of a new exhibition in Israel write about their approach to tackling the permanent acquisitions at their institute, forging surprising new connections between works from different eras.  The collection of the Haifa Museum of Art was accumulated in two defining periods in the country's history: first, in the 1950s, and later in 1970s—two Postwar periods in Israel, which relate in art to the Israeli painting movement "Ofakim Hadashim" in the 1950s, and then to Israeli conceptual... [more]
Posted by Leah Abir, Orit Bulgaru on 1/11/15

Art, Alcohol, and Fundraising: Match Made in Heaven or a Doomed Relationship?

by Yoli (Yoanna) Terziyska
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) have taken on a novel approach to programming in the last year with two common purposes: to increase institutional relevance and popularity, and as a fundraising strategy. Both institutions organize frequently scheduled parties; AGO has First Thursdays and ROM hosts Friday Night Live. They are certainly not the first museums to develop programming that entices patrons and a larger audience with attractive parties featuring... [more]
Posted by Yoli (Yoanna) Terziyska on 12/16/14

How Many Photography Museums Can a Country Have?

by Edo Dijksterhuis
Suppose you’re a collector of Dutch photography, you have no kids (or they are uninterested barbarians), and you’re reaching that age when you start thinking about your legacy. Which institute would be most suitable for a donation? Which museum would be the best new home for your collection? The Netherlands has the luxury of having not one, not two, but no fewer than four museums dedicated solely to photography. That’s an unusually large number for such a small country. A Swiss collector... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 11/4/14
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