Pick 'N Mix #52Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Tuesday, July 24. 2012 • Category: Pick 'N Mix
- First, welcome to the new members of the Editorial Team: Mariana Aguirre, Agnes Gryczkowska, Charu Maithani, and Sophia Zhou! You can read all about them here.
- After more than two decades, Paul Schimmel is no longer chief curator at L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art. In the wake of this, there have been several resignations from the Museum's Board and much commentary, most of it excoriating Museum Director Jeffrey Dietch. One of the best summaries of the situation was written by Roberta Smith at the New York Times. A notable thread emerging in the conversation is the intention not to replace Schimmel but to rely on freelance curators (which seems to mirror moves in the global economy in general -- as just one example, more and more often in academia, instructors are brought on as sessional with little or no hope of ever achieving tenure.) This is explored in Ms Smith's article as well as in an article entitled Paul Schimmel leaves, or is fired, from MOCA: "Longtime gallery owner Louis Stern said there’s a trend that’s affecting all art institutions: the independent curator that packages an art show and shops it around to museums. "It’s cheaper in [the] sense that you don’t have to depend upon a full-time curator to go after creating these types of shows to bring to the museum," he said." Cheaper, but certainly with long term consequences.
- For the curators/archivists among us: Suzanne Fischer wrote an article entitled: "Nota Bene: If You 'Discover' Something in an Archive, It's Not a Discovery" and Helena Iles Papaioannou wrote a retort: "Actually, Yes, It Is a Discovery If You Find Something in an Archive That No One Knew Was There". Interesting debate.
- Clare Lawton asks "Can/Should Anyone Curate an Art Exhibition?", with many respondents commenting mostly on the dilution of the word "curator". Related: Sharon Heal writes on the Museums Journal blog about the proposition to get more museum visitors doing the curating and the reaction this garners: "Although nobody on the top table mentioned getting rid of curators, speaker after speaker from the floor jumped to the defence of the role."
- Lastly, something fun: The role of Crayola Crayons in the history of color: "The crayola-fication of the world: How we gave colors names, and it messed with our brains (Part I)". Enjoy summer!