Oh, art museums. You’re so fickle — like a guy who sends a charming message on Tinder and then disappears after the first tryst.
Well, it was nice while it lasted. After revising its policy in April to allow photography inside the permanent galleries, the Frick Collection has once again changed course.
Add the Frick Collection, one of New York City’s oldest and most staid museums, to the list of art institutions that have begun allowing visitors to take photographs in their permanent-collection galleries.
One of the stories making the rounds in the art blogosphere at the moment is an article from LiveScience, which details a study that found people were less likely to remember artwork they saw in a museum if they photographed it. The findings dovetail nicely with an essay by Eric Gibson in the current issue of The New Criterion.
The museum has quietly gone and changed its photo policy.
After numerous nasty incidents post-9/11 when the US government’s rush to take away rights caused countless problems for people taking photos in public, today we have good news for photographers, artists, tourists, and camera enthusiasts across America.
Photographer Thomas Hawk visited the World Erotic Art Museum in South Beach took photos, he claims he didn’t see the no photography sign. Now the South Florida institution filed “fradulent” DMCA notice with Flickr and Yahoo, which owns Flickr, has threatened Hawk’s entire account with permanent deletion without future warning.
Another New York museum has removed its photography ban in galleries. This time the Museum of Arts and Design (aka MAD) is the latest institutions to join the ranks of MoMA and other major art institutions that welcome photography in their galleries, though some restrictions may apply to specific works or exhibitions. I asked Marisa Bartolucci, MAD’s director of public affairs, about the policy change and why it happened …