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Call for Curatorial Proposals

Here’s a really intriguing opportunity to the art-focused among us. Would love to see a Tufts student take advantage of this!

CALL TO ARTISTS & CURATORS: Deadline: April 9, 2012.

THE NEW ART CENTER in Newton’s fantastic Curatorial Opportunity Program (COP) gives you the opportunity to experiment in a large, unique and alternative space. The program encourages the development of curators, including artists as curators! You can create a curatorial proposal for a group show (2 or more artists) and collaborate with the artists you have in mind. You also receive a $1,000 stipend, administrative and installation support, and get to exhibit in a 1,800 sq. ft. space with 25’ vaulted ceilings in a converted church! Wow!

For application and guidelines visit

Ryan Gosling Loves Museums

Ah, the internet, which can take anything and turn it into an endlessly hilarious, self-replicating meme.

In other news, Ryan Gosling apparently really loves museums.

How to make a great museum? Make your staff happy.

The Happy Museum Project, which is putting together a really interesting assortment of studies, thinking, and initiatives (if you’re not getting their newsletter, go sign up!), just published an interesting article from Steve Gardam, Head of Live Programmes at the London Transport Museum.

Gardam went to an event called “Action for Happiness” at the Cass Business School in London, all about increasing happiness among employees at work. Economists have presented some pretty compelling evidence that workplaces with higher employee satisfaction are more productive and more successful. Gardam wonders if these same principles can be applied to museums: can we really substantially improve the quality of our programming and services by making sure that employees are fulfilled?

Read his entire article here, and don’t forget to sign up for The Happy Museum Project’s newsletter.

Museums in the Movies: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Continuing our fun series of museums featured in the movies, here’s a clip from the classic 1986 movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Ferris, his girlfriend Sloane, and his best friend Cameron, skip a day of school and cruise around Chicago. Hijinks ensue. This scene, set at the Art Institute of Chicago, is especially wonderful.

Museums in the Movies: The Thomas Crown Affair

We’re going to try an occasional series here of posting fun clips of museums in the movies.

Today’s is from my personal favorite museum movie of all time: the 1999 remake of The Thomas Crown Affair. For those of you who haven’t seen the movie, you really need to. It’s about an art heist at the Met, and the people behind the heist. It has Renee Russo and Pierce Brosnan at their most suave and elegant and sexy.

If you haven’t seen the movie, do not watch this clip. It spoils the ending. But if you have seen the movie, or you don’t mind being spoiled, enjoy!

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