by editor Phillippa Pitts Games have been on my mind a lot this week. I know a lot of people who spend their incredible brainpower building games for museums, like Kellian Adams Pletcher with Murder at the Met, or Susan Edward with the Getty’s Switch (which I admire for its incredible simplicity!). I’ve even built a few games […]
Check out this amazing story from the Sunderland Museum. In 1913, their curator came up with a program for blind visitors–adults and children–to let them explore objects. Architectural columns, historical gas masks, and scores of natural history specimens were included. Make sure you scroll to the end of the article to see the clay models […]
Here’s an interesting piece by GalleristNY about “Hack the Met,” a highly unauthorized tour operating inside the Met, drawing new, young, often-techie New Yorkers into a dialogue that covers everything from medieval armor and musical instruments to Thomas Gainsborough…. with flasks. Mr. Gray, who grew up in Georgia and moved to New York in 2007, discovered […]
Watch it online and don’t forget to read the comments. They’ll boost your spirits back up.
Rainey Tisdale, one of our own professors here at Tufts, has been agitating for a museum to step up to collect the objects relating to the Boston Marathon bombing before they disappear. Listen to her in this interview on WBUR, which aired this morning: http://www.wbur.org/2013/04/23/saving-marathon-memorial-items.
by editor Phillippa Pitts Museums talk a lot about being members of their communities, meeting niche needs and providing unique third spaces. Today, some of the museums in Boston stepped up beautifully. Below is just a rough screen capture snapshot of how our community responded to the Marathon Monday bombings. Starting with the Boston Children’s […]
by editor Phillippa Pitts We’re all familiar with the well-intentioned but poorly executed museum YouTube video, Twitter stream, or online publication. Some of us are even guilty of creating them. We work hard, even with limited resources and training, to keep pace and keep creating high quality products. However, there might be a problem even […]
A user’s guide to artspeak Why do so many galleries use such pompous, overblown prose to describe their exhibits? Well, there’s now a name for it: International Art English. And you have to speak it to get on. Andy Beckett enters the world of waffle. Read more on The Guardian’s website
Got a good idea? Add your comment to the MuseumNext conversation post below… Last week my two-year-old son was admitted to hospital, and for the past week he has been confined to a ward. Brody is crazy about dinosaurs and animals, and much of the time has been spent watching The Land Before Time and playing […]
Check out this article by Slate on art that has been “written off,” “devoid of value,” “destroyed,” yet still here and now, on exhibit again. Read the full article.
This weekend, the Tufts Museum Studies blog will be joining the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders in a global discussion. This 5-day conference brings together 50 young leaders from across the arts (dance, theater, and museum) to meet with experts. Three of the questions on the table have been sent out for bloggers in the […]
The New Yorker Wades into “Curator” Confusion
Go and read Suse Cairns‘s fascinating exploration of native digital objects and art, and how museums can think about them and deal with them. Bonus interview with Tom Woolley, New Media Curator at the UK National Media Museum. (He’s responsible for a Life Online gallery that has a constant video of memes on it. If […]
Initial reaction: OMG COOOOOOOL. More measured response from Max Van Balgooy of Engaging Places: Google Launches World Wonders Project.
In case you haven’t seen this, Ed Rodley at Thinking about Museums has had a really, really fascinating, thoughtful, and thought-provoking series of discussions lately. He’s playing out a thought experiment that starts with a basic premise: how would you create a museum from scratch? That is, how would you incorporate all of our current […]
The third Monday of April is recognized in Boston as Patriots Day. On paper, it’s a commemoration of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, one of the major events – perhaps THE major event – during the beginning of the American Revolution. Every year, there’s a large reenactment in Lexington and Concord. Local Minutemen reenactors […]
If you’re looking for fascinating and thoughtful reading about social innovation and the future of nonprofits, look no further than the Stanford Social Innovation Review’s blog. A recent post on that blog, “A Platform Worth Spreading,” discusses the decentralization of the TED conferences and how sharing has actually strengthened, rather than diluted, their model. How […]
I’m going to make what I think is a fairly safe assumption and call most of you overachievers. Grad school is tough. Museums are tough. People who do both have a lot of passion and a lot of talent. Probably you’re not thrilled about the idea of screwing up. What if someone gave you a […]
Merriam-Webster’s defines inflation as “a continuing rise in the general price level usually attributed to an increase in the volume of money and credit relative to available goods and services.” We’re most familiar with the concept in an economic context. Each year, a dollar buys less. In times of high inflation, it buys a lot […]
We’ll call this an occasional series, which means when we have content, we’ll run it. The basic idea is to present a quick idea and get you thinking. If any of our suggestions catch your eye, and you’d like to write a response post, we’d love to publish it. Leave a comment and we’ll be […]