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Ian Padgham of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Erin Coburn of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Robert Stein of the Indianapolis Museum of Art and Shelley Bernstein, chief technology officer at the Brooklyn Museum (image via nytimes.com)

In the mood for some museum news? You’re in luck, because the New York Times has more than you could EVER READ. Their annual special “Museums Section” was just published, and we sorted it for you. Check out a selected list of their stories here, plus stay tuned for an NYT Twitter chat this afternoon about museums and social media.

NYT Museums Special Section

  • Private collections in public spaces: This article examines the increasing prevalence of collector-based shows in public museums, noting that they’re often cheaper and easier to pull together than a normal curatorial effort (plus they please donors!).
  • Christopher Knight on private collection issues:
  • Airport art: Did you know airports make ideal spaces for art viewing? Meaning that you’re stuck in one area for a long period of time? I identify, there was a great Noguchi sculpture in Dulles that occupied my wandering attention.
  • Underdog ambition: Long Island’s Parrish Art Museum is chomping at the heels of larger institutions. With a new building by Herzog and de Meuron and a newfound energy, will this be the museum to watch in the next decade?
  • Asian art historiography: Charting the development of the Met’s Asian art collection. Now possibly the best in the world, it barely existed 60 years ago. Plenty of juicy trustee stories, quite a good read. Money quote:

    The skylight was soon exposed, and 26 Chinese craftsmen, accompanied by a personal cook, were imported from the garden city of Suzhou to create the Astor Court.

  • Museums for kids: The Long Island Children’s Museum is trying to get kids to play, whether its inside or outside, on a playground or… looking at poop. The museum has a whole poop collection! How did we not know this?
  • Art tasting: Director of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City Julian Zugazagoitia is hosting monthly art chats with his curators in an attempt to broaden the museum’s appeal. He looks like an up and coming museum guy, and the events sound pretty fun.
  • Digital Participation: Museums are increasingly taking advantage of social and digital media for publicity and visitor interaction, but if you read Hyperallergic, maybe you already knew that. Anyway, a good overview. Add to that a fantastic story on museum tech and outreach directors that’s much more informative. How can museums become personal, strong communities?
  • Cyborg museums: Nope, not robot overlord armies of museums. There are some museums that exist mostly online— niche collections supported by niche communities. Ever heard of the Fitness Museum? Me neither, but it’s out there.
  • Museum gadgetry: A tiny new computer is making digital interactivity even more accessible, affordable and installable for museums. Check out the Arduino is changing exhibition design.
  • Art and dance: Merce Cunningham’s dance company has traveled with a staggering array of museum-quality art objects, but these are for using, not hanging in a gallery.

Twitter Conversation

Had enough museum stuff? Of course not! Right now, a conversation is going on on Twitter under #nytmuseums, hosted by the New York Times’ Jennifer Preston (@NYT_JenPreston) and featuring such museum social media stars as Shelley Bernstein, of the Brooklyn Museum (@shell7), Ian Padgham of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (@origiful), Erin Coburn of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (@metmuseum) and Robert Stein of the Indianapolis Museum of Art (@rjstein).

Watch the conversation on Twitter or through the New York Times’ website. We’ll have highlights collected on this post as they come, so stay tuned! Here come the tweets:

http://twitter.com/#!/MuseumofEmily/status/48433410951217153
http://twitter.com/#!/ClevelandArt/status/48432993286623232
http://twitter.com/#!/magur/status/48432969148411906
http://twitter.com/#!/AudienceDevSpec/status/48432959216295937

Museums are talking about how Groupon has helped them with membership:

http://twitter.com/#!/dtrevisani/status/48432610527031296
http://twitter.com/#!/museumnerd/status/48434478154137600
http://twitter.com/#!/MetEveryday/status/48434458629644289
http://twitter.com/#!/the_clark/status/48434476224753664
http://twitter.com/#!/Artseeka/status/48436151555600384
http://twitter.com/#!/TheWarholMuseum/status/48437223389007873
http://twitter.com/#!/middartmuseum/status/48437512259108864
http://twitter.com/#!/MuseumofEmily/status/48438146043625472
http://twitter.com/#!/EvolvingCritic/status/48438463183323136
http://twitter.com/#!/metmuseum/status/48439042995523584
http://twitter.com/#!/micahwalter/status/48440310929424384
http://twitter.com/#!/origiful/status/48441026985205760
http://twitter.com/#!/newmuseum/status/48441054357229568
http://twitter.com/#!/USNatArchives/status/48441264449916929
http://twitter.com/#!/NYT_JenPreston/status/48441715727679489

Re: How do museums use YouTube?

http://twitter.com/#!/shell7/status/48441998092414976
http://twitter.com/#!/chelawhita/status/48442416373563392
http://twitter.com/#!/MetEveryday/status/48443055841349632

Official chat is over, but the tweets keep flowing…

http://twitter.com/#!/shell7/status/48443955553120256

On art video aggregating website ArtBabble:

http://twitter.com/#!/rjstein/status/48443928038481920

And of course, the original is best:

http://twitter.com/#!/nyc8675309/status/48444626222325760

UPDATE: #nytmuseums is trending in NY and DC! Congrats guys!

http://twitter.com/#!/artfagcity/status/48446336261029888
http://twitter.com/#!/johnpyper/status/48446569544024065
http://twitter.com/#!/ParkAveArmory/status/48447580304183296
http://twitter.com/#!/Kre8ivMona/status/48448876516085761
http://twitter.com/#!/jstackhouse/status/48449682409660416
http://twitter.com/#!/CCSFundraising/status/48450864800731136
http://twitter.com/#!/museumnerd/status/48451635306971136

Kyle Chayka

Kyle Chayka was senior editor at Hyperallergic. He is a cultural critic based in Brooklyn and has contributed to publications including ARTINFO, ARTnews, Modern Painters, LA Weekly,...

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