Where did you spend the COVID-19 quarantine?

The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, a 28,000-square-foot Greek-Revival estate in a forested area of Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx. Antonio Cruz, the resident caretaker, has lived in an upstairs apartment in the mansion with his wife and family since 1999, rent free. Mr. Cruz, with their French bulldog Dexter, gets some air with his wife, Mary Janet Cruz, and their sons Scott, 21, and Joseph, 17. The couple raised both of their sons on the property.

“The resident caretakers of some of New York’s cherished landmarks may have the city’s strangest work-from-home assignment.” Read more in Stefanos Chen’s article from the New York Times, June 5, 2020, “Quarantined in a museum.”

Collecting COVID-19

What object(s) would you contribute to a museum to represents your experience of the COVID-19 pandemic? Read Adam Popescu’s article from the New York Times (May 25, 2020) to see what museums are collecting and the questions that arise from the act of collecting and deciding what is collected.

Ruben Natal-San Miguel’s “Toilet Paper Hoarder, Manhattan NYC” was submitted to the Museum of the City of New York‘s #CovidStoriesNYC project.
Credit: Ruben Natal-San Migue, via Museum of the City of New York
How Will We Remember the Pandemic? Museums Are Already Deciding

Deaccessioning to add new works

The Baltimore Museum of Art (photo by Mike Steele, via Flickr)

Benjamin Sutton, “Baltimore Museum of Art Acquires 23 Major Works…” Hyperallergic, June 28, 2018.

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, “Dwell: Aso Ebi” (2017), the Baltimore Museum of Art, purchased as the gift of Nancy L. Dorman and Stanley Mazaroff, Baltimore, in Honor of Kristen Hileman (courtesy the Baltimore Museum of Art)

Announcement fro the BMA

And the earlier story:

Cara Our, “Artists and Curators Weigh in on Baltimore Museum’s Decision to Deaccession Works by White Men to Diversify its Collection.” Hyperallergic, May 8, 2018.