A radical rethink on how to attract audiences

A radical rethink on how to attract audiences

Sometimes the more you know, the less you see. There are about 18 pieces of data that arts organisations typically gather from their ticketing systems – information such as age, gender, postcode and planning horizon.

‘It tells you the what, it doesn’t tell you the why,’ said Lucy Shorrocks, Senior Consultant with Morris Hargreaves McIntyre (MHM). ‘We work with lots of organisations that are snow blind with the data they have got but they actually are still trying to find insights into how to connect with audiences.’

Gallery Weekend Beijing Puts Focus Back on China’s Traditional Art Capital

Gallery Weekend Beijing Puts Focus Back on China’s Traditional Art Capital

As the art world geared up for this week’s Art Basel in Hong Kong, a number of international visitors and hundreds of locals made their way to Beijing’s 798 and Caochangdi art districts for the inaugural Gallery Weekend Beijing.

Launched by German artist and writer Thomas Eller, the weekend takes cues (and a strikingly similar typeface) from the gallery weekend in his former hometown, Berlin. In total, 14 of the city’s galleries and four of its museums took part in the weekend, which also involved a number of talks and performances. Read more

100 Years On, Why Dada Still Matters

100 Years On, Why Dada Still Matters

“How does one achieve eternal bliss? By saying dada,” proclaimed the poet, musician, and theater producer Hugo Ball in the summer of 1916, as World War I raged on. “How does one become famous? By saying dada…How can one get rid of everything that smacks of journalism, worms, everything nice and right, blinkered, moralistic, Europeanized, enervated? By saying dada.” In this spirit of anarchy, a new artistic and literary movement called Dada burst forth in Zurich 100 years ago. Read more

More Than 600,000 People Have Already Visited the Smithsonian’s African American History Museum

More Than 600,000 People Have Already Visited the Smithsonian’s African American History Museum

In the nearly three months since it’s opened, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has shown no signs of becoming any less busy. In fact, the Smithsonian says, more than 600,000 visitors have already passed through its doors, and those hard-to-obtain timed passes to get in are completely booked through next March. Read more

The Most Influential Curators of 2016

The Most Influential Curators of 2016

In 2016’s turbulent social and political climate, the exhibitions that resonated did not shy away from the fraught issues of our times. Informed by the insights of Artsy’s editors, and bolstered by data from UBS’s art news app Planet Art, the curators of these shows emerged as making the most impact on the institutional landscape this year. Presented here in no specific order, these curators created shows that reflected the nuances of human experience in today’s world, expanded the parameters of art, or engaged in revisionist histories, redressing systemic biases and enabling us to see past and present art practices anew. Many of those on the list also put the artist first, empowering creatives to do what they do best—helping us to see our realities, and each other, more clearly. Read more

Hong Kong’s Thriving Street Art Scene Risks Selling Out

Hong Kong’s Thriving Street Art Scene Risks Selling Out

In Hong Kong, buildings rise and fall daily in a jungle of bamboo scaffolding. Many are torn down and replaced within only 30 years of their construction. With the exception of the colorful high rises that light up the sky along Victoria Harbour, the architecture of Asia’s commercial center is defined by utilitarian shades of gray and beige. In reaction to their drab surroundings, a core group of local and international street artists have been making their marks on Hong Kong. Read more

Artist Sudarshan Shetty asks, “What is Contemporary art?”

Artist Sudarshan Shetty asks, “What is Contemporary art?”

The much-anticipated third edition of the Kochi- Muziris Biennale is poised to address the fundamental conundrum.

‘What is Contemporary art?’ is not a question easily answered. It’s an even tougher one to ask. Yet, it is what Sudarshan Shetty will attempt to address with his first curatorial venture, the third edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale opening on December 12.

In his vision statement, the artist says he drew inspiration from India’s historic designation as the “land of the seven rivers.” For him, it is the rivers that led to the premise: “What does it mean to be together in time—to be contemporary?”

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Workshop by curator and researcher Clémentine Deliss on “’Ambiguous Objects’ and the University Museum.”

Workshop by curator and researcher Clémentine Deliss on “’Ambiguous Objects’ and the University Museum.”

Join the workshop by curator and researcher Clémentine Deliss on December 13–15 from 2–5 pm on “’Ambiguous Objects’ and the University Museum.” The three-day program is directed to museum professionals, academics, and everyone interested in museum collection and invites you to take part in a transdisciplinary, experimental exercise divided in three sessions.

More information on: https://www.tba21.org/convening2kochi