Everyone's a Curator: Do Museums Still Matter?
In the age of social media, everyone is a curator (or at least they think they are). Media-rich networks have empowered anyone with an interest in art to both disseminate and publish their own creative images and groupings of artworks—essentially, creative Internet users have the ability to assume the roles of curator, artist, and critic, all at the same time. Where do museums fit into this picture, and how can traditional museum curators align their practice with social media users to create meaningful cultural experiences with a public hungry for new ideas and personal resonance?
This panel will discuss the ways in which technology can enhance or strain against museum conventions, with a focus on digital projects that have fostered engaging art experiences. We will also examine how these projects point the way towards new methods of fulfilling the ultimate museum mission of being a place of insight and inspiration.
Additional Supporting Materials
- What is the responsibility of the a museum to balance an authority's perspective with public discourse?
- How can museums empower the user-curator?
- What kinds of projects are museum digital professionals implementing to catch the attention of a digital public, and what are ways to incorporate the surprise and delight that governs high quality digital experiences into cultural experiences?
- What can products and services that enable digital curation learn from the tradition of museum curation, and vice versa?
- In an age when access to information is expected 24/7 and high interactivity is a baseline, why should people still care about museums?
- Kathryn Jaller Contemporary Jewish Museum
- Willa Koerner San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
- Sarah Bailey Hogarty Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
- Jennifer Yin Asian Art Museum
Kathryn Jaller Contemporary Jewish Museum
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