Here is a fascinating look at the history of deaccessioning in Museums
. It wasn't always a negative thing but today it always seems to be some money grab letting the 1% pilfer the public good for profit.
Andrea Fraser has a new book exploring art and political contributions
The occult in art is an interesting curatorial exploration, for some reason we never see shows like this
in Portland, they would be incredibly popular but we just dont do that many interesting group show in Portland.
Brian Libby looks at the implications of Avantika Bawa's solo show at PAM's now rejuvenated APEX series
. Portland isnt good at valuing things of excellence in its midst unless you put bacon on it... PAM is starting to buck that.
PAM is looking at building an under the pavilion walkway
to keep from obstructing pedestrians with the Rothko Pavilion
. They should figure out a way to turn it into a window display venue. Design-wise it is a great opportunity to engage the city but often institutions in Portland never think outside the box... its odd because Portland loves breaking with formalities. Make the breezeway and exciting design element and turn it into a positive win-win.
Last but not least here is a great interview with an influential former Director of MOCA
. I agree MOCA needs vision... not just simple nuts and bolts type leadership. Museums are too caught up in their own administrative risk management and not in how they serve their communities... they gesture towards community and education but what they really should do is become talking points for larger ideas within civilization. Now celebrities are kind of a mcguffin... they dont all suck (only most of them). Some adventurous ones can help move things forward and MOCA needs to reinstitute a culture of adventurous expertise. The trick is to be rigorous and smart not pandering and cloying, nobody really wants a museum to be their friend. Instead we want it to be a gym for the mind and eyes, with some heavy equipment and kick ass trainers.
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