Museums

LACMA with Snapchat logo

Social media has become a staple of museum communications plans, so we weren’t surprised to learn that the Los Angeles County Museum of Art became the first museum to join the Venice Beach–based social network last month.

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Post image for Gallery Whispers and Lunch in the Cafe: Mapping Museums Through Their Sounds

“There are so many sounds in museums that we usually ignore that are absolutely engrossing once you take the time to focus on them,” says artist John Kannenberg, who’s been recording museum noise for 15 years.

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Post image for The United States Has More than 35,000 Museums

You might’ve suspected that there are a lot of museums in the United States, but would you have guessed that there are over 35,000?

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Post image for Ikea to Open Ikea Museum

The Swedish retail giant is opening a museum dedicated to itself. Because capitalism!

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Post image for End of the Corcoran? New Plan Would Dissolve the Gallery

After years of financial crisis, Washington, DC’s Corcoran Gallery of Art — the city’s largest and oldest private museum, which focuses on American art — has announced a plan that would see it “cease to exist as an independent institution,” the Washington Post reports.

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Post image for African Artists Protest “Indentured Servitude” at Korean Museum

African artists hired by a Korean museum have been laboring under conditions “similar to indentured servitude,” South Korean newspaper the Hankyoreh reports. Their allegations about the circumstances under which they lived and worked at the museum are appalling.

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Post image for Using New Media to Shed Light on Old Art Narratives

The internet is a visual space, where virality comes most frequently to media rich in images, whether videos, animated GIFs or simple memes. Connecting these new forms of media with all the classic ways that human beings have told visual stories is a powerful way to reanimate them, sometimes literally, for the digital age.

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Post image for On Saturday, 20 SoCal Museums Will Be Free

It’s a Museums Free-For-All!

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Post image for Jeju Island, Land of 100 Museums

On beautiful Jeju Island in South Korea, you can see one of the longest lava tubes in the world, visit the crater of an extinct volcano, and watch a fire festival … or you can stop in at the Museum of Sex and Health, the World Seashell Museum, and the Teddybear Safari. Your call.

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Post image for Nuclear Wintour at the Metropolitan Museum

It’s clear that money is the ticket to fame and success in the world of culture, even — OK, maybe especially — if you’re not an artist. Cue the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s renaming of the newly renovated, soon-to-be-opened Costume Institute as the Anna Wintour Costume Center.

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