The General Accounting Office reports that the Smithsonian's physical infrastructure is in even worse shape than previously believed. Each Smithsonian museum has created plans to close three days each week in an effort to save money. And it gets worse from there.
Last month I started talking with several of America's top contemporary art curators about artists' responses to 9/11. Here are the posts I did with MOCA chief curator Paul Schimmel. This is the final part of my chat with MoMA curator Ann Temkin, with links to the first two parts included therein.
I've posted a good bit about how I don't buy into the 'crisis in criticism' theory. I think that the bigger 'problem' is in arts reporting. The Guardian's Jonathan Jones begins the discussion here. He could have added plenty more tired tropes: Auction stories, market stories, outsider artist stories, artist-makes-art-on-a-corn-chip stories...
And so it has degenerated to this: Christoph Buchel finally speaks about the MASS MoCA mess. And how? With a childish retort. MASS MoCA speaks too: Through a blog post that should be required reading for any grad student that is considering being a curator. Oh ye young Harv(B)ard-ians, learn from their experiences.