The rise of made-for-Instagram exhibits: How social media is shaping art and the way you experience it (Forge Today)

Forge Today: The rise of made-for-Instagram exhibits: How social media is shaping art and the way you experience it. “The desire for content has contributed to the recent success of ‘experiences’ within the industry, where exhibitions are judged for their ‘Instagramability’ and how well they photograph. The general rule appears to be the more aesthetic or interesting the exhibition, the more traction it receives, with the worldwide success of Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms (there are currently 838k photos with the tag #yayoikusama on Instagram) or the Guggenheim’s America (a golden toilet recently stolen from Blenheim Palace after 100,000 people waited to use it) often used as prime examples.”

Herald-Dispatch: Online database allows visitors to explore museum collection

Herald-Dispatch: Online database allows visitors to explore museum collection. “The Huntington Museum of Art has added the PastPerfect collections database to its website so that visitors can explore thousands of objects in HMA’s permanent art holdings. ‘The Huntington Museum of Art owns more than 16,000 art objects and the PastPerfect collections database will allow visitors to search for individual pieces of artwork to learn more about each one,’ said HMA Registrar Linda Sanns, whose job duties include maintaining records and locations for the thousands of objects in HMA’s care.”

The Globe and Mail: When art becomes a hashtag, do museums lose their meaning?

The Globe and Mail: When art becomes a hashtag, do museums lose their meaning?. “The experience that insta-museums offer is perhaps actually not such a new idea; not unlike a prop-filled turn-of-the-century portrait studio, they provide imaginative and surreal backdrops for staged photographs. Instead of wearing formal attire and pretending to board a steamer to cross the Atlantic, people today stick their heads through a giant pizza-slice cutout that stands in a landscape of toppings and mozzarella. These attractions are also there to make money – a number of pop-up experiences are themed according to a sponsoring brand’s identity and are heavily badged with company logos and hashtags. Theirs is an act of consumptive reification rather than one of enquiry – of entertainment and not art.”

The Great Wave: what Hokusai’s masterpiece tells us about museums, copyright and online collections today (Open GLAM)

Open GLAM: The Great Wave: what Hokusai’s masterpiece tells us about museums, copyright and online collections today. “When museums digitise their collections and put them online, they take a range of approaches to copyright and licensing the digital surrogates they have created. While some museums adopt open access policies to encourage the reuse and sharing of material, most choose to use copyright to regulate and monetise their digital images. So how do museums holding an impression of [Katsushika] Hokusai’s iconic work make it available? To find out, let’s compare fourteen cultural institutions that have digitised and published their ‘Great Wave’ online.”

Forbes: Finding A Way To Make Digitizing Art Collections Profitable

Forbes: Finding A Way To Make Digitizing Art Collections Profitable. “Institutions that hold the world’s art have often been slow to create user-friendly digital databases and websites to display their collections (not to mention their retail). The challenges are clear: collections are vast with a majority of works in storage, building new websites and painstakingly cataloging photos of pieces is expensive, and keeping these colossal digital collections up-to-date technologically is difficult.”

‘It’s Helpful to Know All Scales’: Online Spreadsheet Discloses Museum Workers’ Salaries (Art News)

Art News: ‘It’s Helpful to Know All Scales’: Online Spreadsheet Discloses Museum Workers’ Salaries. “In another sign of increasing demand for transparency at art institutions across the world, museum workers have begun making public their salary rates via a Google Spreadsheet document that began circulating on Friday morning. Titled ‘Art/Museum Salary Transparency 2019,’ the document allows users to add information about the terms of their employment and their rates of pay at some of the biggest museums in the world.”

Artforum: Leonard A. Lauder Research Center For Modern Art Launches Digital Archives

Artforum: Leonard A. Lauder Research Center For Modern Art Launches Digital Archives. “The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art has established a new initiative to make inaccessible or rare documents available online. The project, created in collaboration with the Met’s digital department, seeks to advance scholarship through digital access to primary-source materials.”