I rarely write pieces that are part of the “news cycle” or are timely to current events because, I don’t get paid to do this and so there’s no incentive for me to carve out time in my schedule to react to something in the media. But BITCH, if you think I wasn’t going to…Read More
On Finding Hope in the “Youth”: How Are We Leaving It Better Than We Found It?
Content warning: the first paragraph contains references to traumatic events, both recent and from the past 20 or so years. I have elected not to name certain events and refer to them by date so if you need to look up what happened, please do so with care or perhaps ask a friend first. Please…Read More
Art is Fun and Serious
Wow, what a title. All I can hope is that one day I do this for money which comes along with having an editor which will add snappy, less literal titles to my writing. Anyway. Hi! I took a week off, which was really weird. It’s weird how fast we get used to things –…Read More
Art Museums: Is Education the Objective?
In the spirit of the crisp back-to-school air, let’s talk about education in the art museum today. If you’re already an art museum educator, you’re probably aware that there is already a whole blog called Art Museum Teaching. It’s a great space for in-depth analysis of some of the points that I want to raise…Read More
Can You Name 500 Women Artists?
The National Museum of Women in the Art launched the hashtag #5womenartists in 2016, challenging museums and/or art lovers to name 5 women artists over the course of Women’s History Month. Many museums have adopted this as an annual tradition. In the fifth year of this social media campaign, dozens, maybe even hundreds of museums…Read More
American Art is Native American Art
Last time we met, I promised to dig in deeper on what American Art is, since it’s more than just paintings of horses, ships with sails, or men holding swords staring off into the distance. Art world “insiders” and academics might be unimpressed with this series as Art History 101 survey courses move into more…Read More
American Art Isn’t What Men like Jack Donaghy Want it to Be
Well, it is paintings of horses and ships with sails, but it’s also many other things. I created this space to drag out the small moments and long-standing traditions that seemed beyond question. We consider and investigate how things that are “how it’s always been” came to be that way. At times it can feel…Read More
In 2019 I visited 27 museums. This is the first year I haven’t spent at least one day of my holiday break visiting a museum for as far back as I can remember. In 2020, I visited 4 museums, and Museum Drip was born in the vacuum. In the absence of critiquing label copy and…Read More
Can You Explain this to Me?: Nicole Byer and Museum Interpretation
How much do you know about Star Wars? If the answer is very little, do you have any desire to know more? Probably not? Do you find yourself cornered by people who want to explain to you WHY YOU SHOULD? Does that make you want to know more about it? No? Yeah. Now, substitute “Star…Read More
Do We Have to Make it Political?
Nearly every time I speak about art to adults, at least one individual in the group makes this comment. Notably, not so much from kids. If I tell kids that Hudson River School painters wanted to preserve the environment but they also edited out indigenous people, kids are like, yas bitch, let me go draw…Read More