Co-hosted by Rebecca Taylor, external strategist and consultant for museums, galleries, art fairs, and luxury brands in activating the arts. Formerly in house communications for MOMA PS1, The Getty and MOCA Los Angeles.
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Speaking of art world giants, the documentary “Aggie,” examined the life and work of Agnes Gund, former President of the Museum of Modern Art. (This is old news but we wanted to talk about it anyway)
The film details her relationships with some of the most prolific artists and curators of our time. As well as the establishment of her Art for Social Justice Fund. Inspired by Ava Duverney’s movie “13th,” Gund sold her cherished painting by Roy Lichtenstein for over $100 million dollars to fund her contribution to the fight for social justice.
Museums struggle to determine the best approach to handling the pandemic as the rules for opening and closing vary from state to state.
The room agreed that art plays an underrated role in supporting the mental health of the community in a very trying time. Studies have shown that people regard museums as relatively safe gathering spaces considering the size and ease of social distancing while enjoying a stimulating form of outside engagement.
A rule change by the governing body of museums, the American Association of Museum Directors, is allowing museums to sell works to support operational shortfalls.
While this is a welcome life preserver during the pandemic, the room discussed the fact that it is a measure that should not stay in place. Liquidating collections to fund operational shortfalls is a slippery slope that could become an easy escape route for poor museum managers to make up for bad decision-making.
A new shade of blue was discovered by a scientist at Oregon State University. The new blue will be catalogued in the Forbes Pigment Collection at Harvard Museum along with 2,500 recorded pigments. The color blue does not show up in nature and is traditionally manufactured through a series of chemical processes.
Like the Yves Klein blue that came to be when the artist worked with a chemist to craft his specific desired shared, so are other shades created through a process. This new shade of blue marks a potential addition to the palette in a variety of industries including art, fashion and beauty.
A new show at the International Center for Photography re-examines the tradition of documentary photography. Eight artists’ have work on display in this exhibition.
Discussion revolved around the different types of photography and how they are perceived in the art world. The age old question of, “Is photography art?” We also discussed, the difference between fine art photography and documentary photography from both the artist’s and the collectors’ point of view.