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What are museums hiding in their pasts and inside their collection storage vaults? Some of those secrets (or just lesser-known facts) are being shared by institutions around the world this Museum Week through the hashtag #secretsmw.

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The Superscript conference convenes a diverse array of writers, editors, artists, curators, and theorists to address questions around online art publishing’s present and possible futures.

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The Redemption of Ron Athey

by Abe Ahn on March 20, 2014

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LOS ANGELES — Twenty years after performing at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Ron Athey has come a long way from art world pariah to celebrated performance artist.

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A week ago Wednesday night, I sat down in a green metal chair at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand and watched an hour and a half of Internet cat videos on a giant screen alongside 10,000 people. When this little guy licked a vaccum cleaner, 10,000 of us chuckled together; when these sad cats lamented their plight, we all LOLed; when “Lil Bub & Friendz” came on, we cooed over her sweetness.

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Over 1,500 US Museums Are Free This Weekend

by Kyle Chayka on September 27, 2012

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Looking for a good opportunity to go check out some art this weekend? Smithsonian magazine, affiliated with the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C., is sponsoring Museum Day Live!, an event that sees hundreds of museums across the United States opening their doors for free. Just fill out a ticket, pick an institution from the list, and go.

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Here at Hyperallergic we remember the days when The New Museum, and their then chief curator Richard Flood, were most commonly associated with an unfortunate statement that equated bloggers with prairie dogs. Those out-of-touch days are no longer and as fate would have it, Mr. Flood even blogs!

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Post image for Museums Get Creative with Their Permanent Collections

Museums are turning more, and with more creativity, to their own permanent collections. Is necessity the mother of invention once again, or is there a real interest among museums to breathe new life into their own holdings? (Or both?) Either way, the public is reaping the benefits. Today viewers have more opportunities to see important works recontextualized by enterprising curators who are themselves reexamining the ways we construct and perceive our art histories.

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Post image for Joining A Contemporary Art Biker Gang With John Waters

Pope of Trash, filmmaker John Waters, who is known for his filthy classics like Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble and Hairspray, has joined a biker gang. Surprisingly, it is a contemporary art biker gang.

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Post image for Walker Art Center Snags Merce Cunningham’s Art Collection

The Star-Tribune has the story of how Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota purchased a treasure trove of American art accumulated by dance legend Merce Cunningham. The stash “includes at least 150 major objects and perhaps thousands of smaller items,” according to the newspaper.

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Does Anyone Actually Like Crowd-Sourced Shows?

by Kyle Chayka on February 16, 2011

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When I heard about the Smithsonian’s upcoming video game exhibition, I was filled with a sense of dread upon reading the press release’s bolded title: “Smithsonian American Art Museum Invites Public to Vote on Games to be Featured in “The Art of Video Games” Exhibition”. They tout the voting like it’s something to be proud of, but honestly, I am totally sick of crowd-sourced shows. For how historically unsuccessful they have been, crowd-sourced shows seem to be written up as critical novelties, and then recycled throughout the art and museum world. The novelty is way past over.

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