Why We Should Stop Trying To Justify The Arts (And Their Funding) With Measurable Data

“Underlying the development of quality metrics seems to be the question: ‘Are the arts justified?’ In other words, we are looking for evidence. This is the opening the quantifiers of the world need. Witness the attempts to find the value of the arts in their instrumental benefits to society, to the economy and to things […]

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‘I Went To As Many Instagramable ‘Museums,’ ‘Factories’ And ‘Mansions’ As I Could. They Nearly Broke Me.’

Amanda Hess visited the Museum of Ice Cream’s New York pop-up, the Rosé Mansion, Candytopia, Color Factory, 29Rooms, and even a preview party for the upcoming Museum of Pizza. “I realize that I have a ‘fun’ job that it’s annoying to complain about: Oh no, I have to drink free wine and eat ice cream. […]

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Russian Authorities Shut Down Gulag Museum — But What’s The Real Reason?

The volunteer-run museum in the city of Yoshar-Ola (roughly 100 miles from Kazan) was located in the erstwhile local headquarters — including the torture chamber — of the OGPU, an early Soviet predecessor of the KGB. The founder claims that a new regional governor wants to appease the Kremlin; a group of Russian museum professionals […]

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The Spirit Of Burning Man, And Why It Just Doesn’t Fit Into A Museum

For all of its insane growth, creeping capitalism, and occasional insufferability, writes Jillian Steinhauer, the desert festival largely continues to uphold its “‘radically participatory ethic,’ the idea that there are no spectators because everyone can and should be involved in building the contents of Black Rock City.” The problem, when you try to put art […]

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