Let’s catch up on a little news from the Smithsonian, announced in mid-November, but which got very little attention. That’s when it revealed the “Smithsonian X 3D Collection” and “state-of-the-art 3-D explorer.” Essentially, this device makes use of new 3D scanning and printing technology, with an eye toward making much more of its gigantic collection accessible to schools, researchers and the public at large.
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PINTA NY — the six-year-old Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art Fair — is more than a month away, but I’m writing about it now because it has what I think is a unique part called the Museum Acquisitions Program. Through it, a group of museums chosen each year work with PINTA NY and exhibiting galleries to select and acquire artworks by artists represented at the fair, and — the good part — PINTA NY provides matching funds to the museums to make the deal.
The Founding Fathers have had better days: After reaching a zenith in popularity some years ago, historians lately are again pointing out the feet of clay on them (well, on some of them — most notably, Jefferson).
Museums have increasingly shown fashion exhibitions in recent years, often in efforts to draw crowds and to attract a new kind of visitors. Now textiles are coming out of the storerooms far more often, too, I think — though I don’t have statistics to prove that.
For this week. Although I am unlikely to post while I am gone, if I see something on my travels and have access to a good computer (it’s very hard to post on an iPhone), I will. You might check back from time to time.
Two bits of news this week got me thinking about the Hopper market. First, Crystal Bridges Museum announced that it had purchased Blackwell’s Island, which will soon go on view in its early 20th Century gallery. Great addition, I thought. Painted in 1928, it is a view of what is now known as Roosevelt Island, just off midtown Manhattan in the East River. It’s a sizeable piece, measuring 34-1/2 inches by 59-1/2 inches.
I stopped in at the Guggenheim Museum yesterday to see the James Turrell exhibition and to see how other people were observing Turrell. Surprisingly, there was no line to get in, even on Sunday mid-afternoon — it wasn’t raining, but it wasn’t sunny either. Just a normal museum weekend day. So maybe the show isn’t as popular as I had heard.
For those of you who may have missed it, the front page of the Sunday New York Times’s Review section this week carried an essay I wrote, headlined High Culture Goes Hands-On. Print readers also got a deck: “Visitor engagement and participation are changing the nature of museums. And not always in good ways.”