Amid a resurgence of interest in the New York art scene of the 1990s, the recent reappraisal of the work of feminist artist Ellen Cantor feels particularly timely. Born in 1961 in Detroit, Cantor studied at Brandeis University and Skowhegan before…Read more
As I downloaded the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s new visitor app to my phone, I paused to savor my final moments of one particular innocence. In three decades of museum-going, I had never downloaded a museum app before. I hadn’t even used an…Read more
Engagement is a hot topic in the museum world. Buzzwords like “collaboration,” “participation,” and “inspiration” are used often across the sector, from grant applications to professional conferences. In today’s connected and fast-paced cultural…Read more
This week, as part of Frieze Live 2016, the events program for the London art fair, California—born, Berlin—based artist Christine Sun Kim is presenting a new performance piece, Nap Disturbance. Born deaf, Kim explores the materiality of sound through…Read more
AMONG THE SUBTLER indications that technology is driving profound changes in cultural institutions are the new words and symbols that have cropped up in museums’ communications to their visitors. A curator’s introduction, printed in vinyl on the wall,…Read more
Beyond exhibiting design objects, the Cooper Hewitt seeks to transform museumgoers into designers, a tech-driven approach that is creating a new role for cultural institutions.
FROM BEHIND the sleek thermoformed desk that curves through the wood-paneled…Read more
Hosting an incubator for creative start-ups, the New Museum has embraced the age of the entrepreneur.
In a 1953 profile of Alfred H. Barr Jr., Dwight Macdonald used an economic metaphor to explain the position of the young Museum of Modern Art. The…Read more
As digital technologies enable increasingly accurate reproductions of artworks, museums are grappling with the complex aesthetic, legal, and political implications of copying.Museum Without Walls
I may enter the Metropolitan Museum of Art,…Read more
ON SEPTEMBER 12, 1970, PepsiCo president Donald Kendall made two urgent phone calls to the company’s former lawyer, President Richard Nixon. Kendall was alarmed about the results of the recent presidential elections in Chile, where Salvador Allende had…Read more
THERE'S A CHAIR in artist Willie Birch’s studio in New Orleans’s Seventh Ward. I can’t remember if he ever told me it was “his” chair but, in my many visits to his studio, I’ve never sat in it. I met Birch when I first moved to New Orleans six years…Read more
“After Belonging,” the title and theme of the current edition of the Oslo Architecture Triennale, explores contemporary conditions of domestic life, questioning the notion of fixed residence and location-based identities. Migration and refugees, house…Read more
For legendary mail and collage artist Ray Johnson (1927–1995), any ephemera of everyday material culture he encountered could potentially be art—including the bottle caps, abandoned toys, tennis balls, fragments of fractured ceramics, stickers, gloves,…Read more