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Visit Rome’s Landmark Raphael Exhibit Virtually
2020 marks 500 years since the death of Rennaissance genius Raphael. After years of planning, Rome was set to mark the anniversary with a landmark exhibit of Raphael in Rome. This is the largest-ever exhibit of Raphael anywhere in the world, but it was sadly opened for just a few days before all cultural institutions were forced to close as part of Italy’s national lockdown. One bright moment to come out of this is a virtual tour of the Raphael exhibit which might not otherwise have been made available.
The Raphael exhibit officially runs from March 5th – June 2nd, 2020 (though it cannot reopen until at least April, with the exact date TBD).
Titled RAFFAELLO, the show is being hosted at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome in collaboration with the Gallerie degli Uffizi in Florence. The free virtual tour is now available to anyone with an internet connection. It is a wonderful way to experience the beauty of the Renassaince master while it is locked away (or if you are unable to be in Rome when it finally does reopen).
Raphael  Roma  Art  Exhibits  Museums  Painting  Drawing  Sculpture  Architecture  Renaissance  Italy  Italiano 
4 hours ago by dbourn
Michelle Millar Fisher & Andrea Fraser, "Why Are Museums So Plutocratic, and What Can We Do About It?," Frieze
MMF: "Museums with self-selecting, self-perpetuating boards can be just as plutocratic with public funding as they are with private funding – if not, in some ways, more so.

MMF: "Nevertheless, in most cases they were governed by wealthy individuals sitting on self-perpetuating boards in a structure that was modelled on private, for-profit corporations. That represented what the historian Peter Dobkin Hall called ‘civil privatism’ in his book Inventing the Nonprofit Sector (1992). It resulted in urban public spheres in which the most prominent ‘public’ institutions were fundamentally private and plutocratic in their governance structures. That, to me, is what is very specific about the US model: not so much that many museums were founded by individuals or that they depend on private funding, but that the system supports the non-democratic and often plutocratic governance of putatively ‘public’ institutions."

AF: "I think it is different because of the new focus on governance. In the 1980s, the focus was on corporate sponsorship. In the 1990s, it was on the corporatization of public and non-profit organizations in terms of privatization, professionalization, the shift towards corporate populism and the embrace of spectacle culture: blockbusters, starchitects, merchandizing, et cetera. But I can’t recall anyone – except, of course, Hans Haacke – really looking into governance structures."

AF: "Donors give and trustees serve because artists and museum staff beg them to do so. This has become the primary job of directors of institutions in the US. The rising costs of museums, which necessitate huge gifts from wealthy donors, are not primarily driven by board members. They are driven by the ambitious expansion plans of directors, the grand visions of starchitects and the skyrocketing prices of artists’ work. This growth is driven by competition and ambition, not by need."

MMF: "I am interested in figuring out how we foreground, amplify and listen closely to art workers who are not curators, directors or well-known artists. They’re the majority of art workers, and they’re the thousands of people who have, in the last year, shared their salaries anonymously on the Art + Museum Salary Transparency spreadsheet, or attended weekly meetings to coax into life a union to implement better working conditions. But I think the dawning realization that I’ve had over the past 15 years of working in different museums is that I’m not sure they’re spaces that can fundamentally be changed."

AF: "The challenge today is not to open boards to the non-rich, but to get people who are used to being clients, customers and contractors of organizations to step into governance roles. It’s a lot of work. I don’t think many artists see it as valuable, or see themselves as candidates for such roles."

AF: "The biggest challenge for museums in adopting the kinds of changes I’m proposing is that board dues are basically the only reliable source of revenue that they have. To eliminate board dues requires a shift in the economic structure of museums, which would have to include not only finding alternative sources of revenue, but also dramatically reducing costs."

AF: "The big shift is that the non-profit art sector in the US has become industrialized and this has changed labour relations in the field. Artists are now more likely to see themselves as underpaid gig-economy contractors than heroically deprived autonomous producers; museum staff are more likely to see themselves as underpaid workers than contributors to a philanthropic cause. That also implies an acceptance of a non-democratic, hierarchical corporate structure. The idea of organizing to participate in governance is almost harder to imagine in that context."
2020  2020-02  MichelleFisher  AndreaFraser  interview  ArtistInterview  museums  nonprofits  fundraising 
yesterday by briansholis
10 of the world’s best virtual museum and art gallery tours – The Guardian
Art lovers can view thousands of paintings, sculptures, installations and new work online – many in minute detail – as well as explore the museums themselves. There are various platforms: from interactive, 360-degree videos and full “walk-around” tours with voiceover descriptions to slideshows with zoomable photos of the world’s greatest artworks. And many allow viewers to get closer to the art than they could do in real life.
art  galleries  museums 
yesterday by terry
‘The Order of Multitudes’: Mellon Foundation funds new Yale Sawyer Seminar | YaleNews
The need to design large-scale frameworks for organizing the data explosion of the digital age is perhaps the central problem facing interdisciplinary research in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences today. A team at Yale proposes to confront this problem by examining how large bodies of data have been managed, analyzed, disseminated, and made legible both in the past and in the present.

The two-year project, titled “The Order of Multitudes: Atlas, Encyclopedia, Museum,” has received funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Sawyer Seminar on Comparative Study of Cultures. Slated to begin in 2020, the project will bring together Yale humanities, social science, and science scholars to think about the long histories of information management across the globe dating back to the late medieval period. They will study the history of these systems through a range of practices and disciplines — from Renaissance cosmography to modern linguistics, anthropology, evolutionary biology, Wikipedia, and virtual reality — emphasizing both the theory and the practical means and methods of system-building....

The project has several parallel goals, including enhancing the ties between the teaching that takes places at Yale and the vast resources and collections it houses, say the Yale scholars. It is partly inspired by the unexpected conjunction of opportunities and challenges at Yale: the renovation and restructuring of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, which is slated to close in mid-2020 for renovations; the recent opening of the Margaret and Angus Wurtele Study Center on Yale’s West Campus, a 40,000-square foot space where over 33,000 objects are available in open-stack display; and the expansion of the Digital Humanities Lab, which forges connections between the humanities, computer science, and the statistical social sciences....
organization  epistemology  archives  collections  museums  exhibition 
3 days ago by shannon_mattern
RT : Yesterday, we shared that we are urging Congress to provide $4 billion in economic relief for and…
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5 days ago by edsonm
Collections — Google Arts & Culture
Google Arts & Culture features content from over 1200 leading museums and archives, which have partnered with the Google Cultural Institute to bring the world's treasures online.
art  collection  google  museums 
7 days ago by Aoterra
IperVisioni - Le Gallerie degli Uffizi a Firenze
Scopri i capolavori delle nostre collezioni e la loro storia, navigando tra gli spunti suggestivi e le immagini ad alta definizione delle mostre virtuali proposte dal nostro staff
Italy  Firenze  Art  Painting  Museums 
9 days ago by dbourn
Collections — Google Arts & Culture
Free virtual tours of 2,500 museums around the world (
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10 days ago by pivic
RT : Holy cats. "1/3 of surveyed in the US were operating in the red or close to it before COVID; 3/4 have now…
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