Collections Policy Survey

joan jonas

“The Collections Policy Survey” is a public document that will be sent out to all modern and contemporary art museums approved by the American Association of Museums (AAM); the document asks museums about their policies toward collecting new media. Currently, many modern and contemporary art museums refuse to collect new media, as recorded in written collection … Continue reading

Ai Weiwei Is Not The Most Powerful Person in the Art World

Ai on Film

Ai Weiwei is giving Hirst a run for his money in what could be deemed 2012’s most ludicrous display of exhibition extravagance. Still, Ai didn’t deserve the #1 spot on ArtReview’s Power 100 list. In 2011, his auction results, number of solo exhibitions, and quantity of works in museum collections were merely middling.

Death of the Curator: Part One

Hairdresser

“Death of the Curator” is a series of posts devoted to curatorial problems.

Part One: If Curating is Like Cutting Hair, Then I Don’t Want Any Part of it

Museum Curators Aren’t Your Type of Curators

Curating in Progress

Get ready for a long post after the jump about how museum curators aren’t like independent curators.

Curators Exerting Too Much Control

Three_headed_sheep_chair

Art history is full of bad curators. This one tried to change the date of Joseph Kosuth’s chairs.

Curatorial Proposal for the Splinternet

Second Life Art Gallery

“The Internet” doesn’t exist and there should be an exhibition that proves it. Writing proposals is what’s called “chicken before the egg” curating. I want this to be my next big project, even if I don’t have a space yet.

Best Frenemies: Modernism and Postmodernism

mean girls

Modernism and postmodernism are frenemies. Art’s in a state of multiple modernisms, a modern-postmodern time. Before you groan and click on the next modern-postmodern blog, just remember what modernism said in “Mean Girls”: She thinks she’s gonna have a party and not invite me? Who does she think she is? I like invented her, you know what I mean?

What the What is Happening in New Jersey?

Ellarslie

When a mayor says that interns should run a city museum, it’s safe to say that we’re living in confusing times. Museums must seem like easy things to run. In the current climate, they’ve become disposable.

Myths About Curating Video Art

tv

In a recent show at MoMA, video art received less-than-preferential treatment, exhibited in a wedge-like corridor between an elevator and a wall. This thin walkway disguised as an exhibition acted as a curatorial dumping ground for video, a common fate for this difficult-to-exhibit form.

i am not jasmine, i am aladdin

here is a fantasy is looking for guest bloggers. if you feel ranty about an issue, saw something sublimely interesting/awkward/momentarily life changing, or just want to give the gallerina with a heart of gold a break, send something to me.

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