Possibilities for Evolution: Artists Experimenting in Art Museums

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Paper presented at the 2013 International Museum Forum held in Yeongwol, South Korea, October 21-24, 2013.

Paper presented at the 2013 International Museum Forum held in Yeongwol, South Korea, October 21-24, 2013.

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  • 1. Possibilities for Evolution: Artists Experimenting in the Art Museum Michael Murawski, PhD Director of Education & Public Programs Portland Art Museum Founder/Editor, ArtMuseumTeaching.com
  • 2. “people today are increasingly refusing to be passive recipients…”
  • 3. Irvine Foundation, “Getting In On the Act,” 2011 report
  • 4. “I don’t think ideas are very valuable in themselves. It’s only in the DOING of the idea that you learn anything.” – Mark Allen
  • 5. “what does it mean to be creative as conscious social activity – to create a commons, rather than individualizing creativity?” – artist Josh McPhee
  • 6. FutureFarmers artist collective artists Marc Babuthi Joseph & Rick Lowe
  • 7. “Almost every day now I think about the power that INTIMACY can have, & that we don’t need to serve a thousand people with each project” – Allison Agsten, Hammer Museum
  • 8. “what seems most interesting about this project is not just what the public experienced, but everything that took place behind the scenes.” – Machine Project artists
  • 9. “Art and everyday life share a common and continuous border. They coexist in the same reality … and the edges of the museum are part of that border.” – artist Paul Ramirez Jonas
  • 10. “Shine a Light is a space where we co-produce museum experiences & adjust our perspective of where art, artists, and institutions intersect in our everyday lives.” – Stephanie Parrish, Portland Art Museum “Shine a Light is a platform that nudges us to wonder, to consider art museum spaces as flexible sites.”
  • 11. RAISING CORE QUESTIONS:
  • 12. Are museums doing this work to broaden our audiences, or serve existing audiences?
  • 13. What’s the difference between an artist doing this work versus an education department? Are museums doing this work to broaden our audiences, or serve existing audiences?
  • 14. What’s the difference between an artist doing this work versus an education department? Are museums doing this work to broaden our audiences, or serve existing audiences? What does success look like? How do we measure success?
  • 15. “Art is a space where we can cease to subscribe to the demands & rules of society. It is a space where we can pretend. We can play, we can rethink things, we can think about them backwards?” – Pablo Helguera