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Mellon And MoMA: A New Kind Of Research Team?

Museums conduct all kinds of research, if sometimes fitfully. Recently, I learned of a new effort, though, which might break some ground. It brings graduate students and faculty to a museum’s collection. It’s happening at the Museum of Modern Art and funded by the Mellon Foundation, though neither one of them has published a press […]

It Pays To Nag: SMU Creates An Arts Research/Data Center

Someone’s listening. I’ve not been the only one who’s called repeatedly for more and better information — real data — on the cultural world, but I’ve been in that camp for a long time. (For example, see here and here.) Tonight, Southern Methodist University in Dallas is announcing an answer to those pleas: the creation of a National Center […]

Jim Cuno Takes On The Art History World

I’d never heard of an online publication called The Daily Dot until it was called to my attention yesterday because, of all things, the president of the Getty Trust — Jim Cuno — had written an op-ed piece for the site.  And in what seems strange to me, his piece has more Facebook likes (262 at […]

It’s Another Getty Coup: Big Acquisition

Buying an archive might not seem as sexy as buying a painting or a sculpture, but today the Getty Research Institute announced a wonderful acquisition: the archive of Knoedler & Company Gallery,  which is widely cited as New York’s oldest art gallery. It has operated here since the mid-19th century. The acquired records date from about 1850 to […]

Toledo Museum Calls Out “Hey, Baby, Wanna See My Paintings?”

Art museums everywhere are searching for and trying to appeal to younger audiences, but the Toledo Museum of Art may just have everyone beat. It’s offering “baby tours” designed for parents or caregivers with infants up to 18 months old — one baby per adult please. And no strollers. Now, many art museums have family programs, […]

Detroit Institute’s Facebook Experiment: The Results Are In

How good a marketing tool is Facebook? That question was posed in my Feb. 29 post here about the Detroit Institute of Arts, which offered Facebook fans free admission during March. Now we know, and the answer is pretty good. The DIA says that 3,335 visitors took advantage of the free offer — an average of almost […]

The Ghent Altarpiece: Ready For Its Close Up

Of all the art works in the world, the Ghent altarpiece is one of the most admired — and now it will perhaps be one of the most studied, certainly the most studied from afar. The Getty Foundation on Friday announced that it was making available a website that will allow deep technical study of the […]

The MacArthur Foundation, The Moth And The Arts

Last fall, when the National Endowment for the Arts announced the creation of an Interagengy Task Force on the Arts and Human Development, I didn’t pay too much attention. I should have. And what prompted me to reconsider was today’s announcement that, of all the creative activities being offered by all the creative arts institutions […]

Shocker News: Why Galleries Are So Empty

Today’s Telegraph contained startling news from the U.K. that makes me wonder about the U.S. …Four in 10 children have never seen the inside of an art gallery, while 17 per cent haven’t visited a museum with their parents. …a quarter of children haven’t been to the theatre, while six in 10 have never heard or […]

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