A Brand New View: Google’s Art Project

Van Gogh, Close-Up, Eye

Google's new Art Project gives viewers a new look at some of the greatest works of art from around the globe.

I’ve been kicking around a few ideas for my return blog post for awhile, but I was having trouble deciding on something.  As if it could hear my internal hemming and hawing, Google recently announced the launch of its Art Project– a joint venture between Google and 17 of the world’s top museums.   Details about the exciting project and what it may mean for museums, after the jump!

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One More Time…

So it’s almost a year later, but I am BACK, I promise!

It’s going to be a very busy semester, but I am missing the heck out of writing my heart out about current issues and trends in museum PR.

Stay tuned, everyone!

Have No Fear!

Hey readers!

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but don’t worry!  Following the end of finals week, (and a killer semester) I’ll be back to posting.

If you have any ideas about what you’d like to read, or any suggestions for me, you know what to do: Leave me a comment or send me an @ reply on Twitter.

See you soon!

No Touching!: Crisis PR at the MoMA

Pre-school children with teacher

I hope Mr. Grabbyhands learned his lesson. (Image source: http://tinyurl.com/yyqvyjg)

We all learned the phrase “keep your hands to yourself” pretty early on in life, right?

Apparently, some visitors at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City missed that day of pre-school.

Find out what has MoMA patrons more handsy than usual after the jump.

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“Work of Art”: Fine Art, Reality TV, and the Brooklyn Museum

Bravo's new show "Work of Art" host China Chow and mentor Simon de Pury

Bravo's new show "Work of Art" host China Chow and mentor Simon de Pury (Image Source: REUTERS/Phil McCarten)

Leave it to the programming masterminds at Bravo to give me one more show to add to the TV line-up on my dry erase board.  (Not as sad as it sounds, trust me!)

The cable network will premeire its newest reality show, “Work of Art” on June 9.  The show will be executed in the style of former Bravo show “Project Runway”: one host, one mentor, 14 contestants and three judges.  Artists will compete for  $100,000 and a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum.

Seems like an interesting, if not familiar, premise, right?  I feel like I may be the only one who thinks so.  More on the backlash and what this means for the Brooklyn Museum after the jump!

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Successful Art Museum Podcasts: What Makes One and Who Is Making Them Now

Girl wearing headphones

How I feel about most museum podcasts. (Image Source: http://tinyurl.com/ybse5tv)

As I scrolled through my Google Reader, hoping to find some inspiration for this week’s blog post, I came across an interesting headline: “Art museums and their lousy podcasts.”

I have to say I agreed with author Modern Art Notes author Tyler Green already.  I’ve been hard pressed to find many consistent, interesting museum podcasts to subscribe to via iTunes for my PR Online class.  (You know, the one I’m writing this blog for!)

Green shares my problem and categorizes podcast failures into several different categories including “too public relations-y,” “too dumbed-down” and “just plain silly.”  After the jump, check out my perspective on what makes a successful podcast and find links to museums who are on the right track! Continue reading

Social Media at IMA: They’re Doing it Right

LOLcat, I Can Has Cheezburger?

Definitely not useful. (Image source: http://tinyurl.com/5g9vx9)

The Internet has given us many things: some useful (Google, Wikipedia) and some not (LOLcats, this awesome GIF of Liz Lemon.)

One of the most difficult things for institutions to do is discern what online tools are relevant for them and their audiences.  In the museum world, it’s hard to do better than the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Though I’ve never been there, IMA has quickly become one of my favorite museums to keep tabs on simply because they provide interesting and consistent content across several different interactive platforms.  Take a look at my favorite aspects of IMA’s social media, and tell me about your IMA (or any other museum) favorites after the jump!

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