Current events

Those of you who were in class today but did not have a chance to discuss your article, please post a response here. I look forward to reading your news and others’ observations.

21 thoughts on “Current events

  1. Here is the link to the article I had planned to discuss in class:

    My article talked about how China and the Vatican are attempting to restore amicable diplomatic relations through the exchange of artworks that will be displayed in the Vatican’s Anima Mundi ethnological museum in March. The Vatican and China have previously come into conflict over whether it is solely the Pope’s right to name bishops. I think the exchange of artwork historically has been shoos way to restore diplomatic relations. This way a method particularly used by Khrushchev during his time as premier in the USSR.

    • I find conflict in the art world most interesting, though I believe much of it is driven by the art market and political tensions leeching into the art market. Great article to further ones thoughts on this topic!

      • It is nice that they are attempting to “contribute to the normalization of diplomatic relations” and sharing art is a good way of educating the public.


    My article was about the director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis stepping down. Recently there was some controversy over an artwork on display at the museum called “Scaffold.” The piece resembled gallows used to execute Native Americans in 1862 in that area. Although the director and the artist handled the controversy very well and took down the piece and apologized, some speculate that the incident could have bearing on the director’s departure.

    • As previously discussed in class, I find that it is still important to show controversial pieces in a museum, as it is a safe place to show them.

      • I disagree. Some art is just too controversial to show in a museum or gallery, although I honestly can’t think of any examples. But what it really comes down to is knowing your audience and the history of the area and that way problems like this could be avoided.

    • It was responsible of Viso to step down after such a huge controversy, that way, when a new director is appointed, any lingering animosity is not with the new director. A new start can happen.

  3. This is the current event I had planned to talk about:

    The article talks about how Curator Gavin Delahunty Resigned from the Dallas Museum of Art due to some accusations against him that were cited as being “inappropriate behavior”. I wanted to look at how even if you have a successful career rumors, whether true or not, can make or break a career and how that relates to others looking to get jobs as curators.

    • Interesting, it seems like scandals happen all the time these days. I wonder if there will be more as to what happened. The article stated that there was an investigation by an outside source too. It is sad that some things that people do ruin their careers and lives.

    • It is always a sensitive case when someone is accused of “inappropriate behavior.” The accused has a red mark on their name and that affects the institution they are in, and so with the reputation of either the museum or the accused, resigning may be the only option left for them.


    This article talks about an exhibit that is currently occurring in France about artifacts in the Middle East and how they can teach our current society about how people from the past tolerated each other. I found this article really interesting and how it talked about how the middle east did not have as much religious violence up until the 20th century.

    • It was a very interesting article to read. It is very interesting to think how different religions interacted with each other in history. The Romans adopted gods and made secret cults out of them, such as the Cult of Isis or Mitras. I think using the word tolerance is a bit crude when talking about someone else’s beliefs now. Religion is apart of someone and saying we tolerate it sounds like we tolerate the person for existing and that sounds very unfriendly.

    • The article discussed exhibitions to boost Germany’s cultural presence. The plan is to do world-wide loans to exhibit art work that shows Germany’s culture. The idea started with Martin Roth in 2007, and was later picked up by Andreas Görgen, the foreign office head of culture and communication. The goal of the global German exhibits is to increase German culture and to share the collections of German institutions with the rest of the world. The Goethe-Institut, where the plan originates, has already had exhibits outside of the country, and is still planning on having more. Recently €1m of funding from the German Foreign Office was approved for institution in Gaziantep, Diyarkabir and Izmir.

      • I think what Germany is doing is a great idea. The more culture spread, the more understanding and interest can be spread. I think all countries should do what Germany is doing, but only if they have the necessary resources, it is understandable the concerns of institutions have over their art, such as damage or threat of theft.

  5. I found an article from PBS asking if Instagram was killing our museum culture or just reshaping it. The article states that the new generation of museum goers would rather be entertained than be educated. Many museums are trying this new approach by not only allowing the use of cameras but also encourage their use as well. Museums like the Hirshhorn have been trying to display Instagram- friendly exhibits It is interesting to see how museums are evolving to cater to a new generation, wether or not this is good for the art a museum world is up for debate.


    • There is a pro and con to using a cellphone or camera. The pro is that the more pictures people take, the more they spread the pictures and influence their friends and family to go. The con is that some people are satisfied with just a picture and that is that. Also, incorporating technology in exhibits can be tricky, it can provide new interactions, or take away the art to person interaction. I think museums are reminders of the past and we should not be too swept up with our modern technology.

  6. What a cool idea! I think museums showcase a lot of European art, but never German art specifically. By loaning out these works and putting on events like the German Art in China event, many more people will be able to see the German culture and maybe even be interested in going to Germany to see more.


    On March 1st, the Washington Post wrote an article about Los Angeles-based art collectors, Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser, who donated hundreds of works by “influential 20th-century photographers” to the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. This specifically reminded me of when Margaret Winslow was talking about the contributions by Dorothy and Herbert Vogel to the Delaware Art Museum and others across the country. I think that these large gifts to different museums and collections across the country are important to continue to grow the number of works that are available to the public to be able to view. Rather than keeping many of these masterpieces for their own private viewing and use, these donations are enabling the general public the ability to further enrich their web of knowledge by having access to more works.

    • I think that is great. Art is appreciated more when it is viewed more. These influential works will help educate and rise new interests in viewers.

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