July 11 | Text Me Art
In a world full to the brim with oversubscribed “Like” buttons and junk mail mayhem, perhaps San Francisco’s MOMA has found the perfect solution to overshared, unfiltered, algorithm-driven art data circulation with an old school “Send Me…” text service.
San Francisco’s MOMA launches “Send Me” art text service
San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art has launched a new text service — “Send Me SFMOMA” — in an attempt to “generate personal connections between a diverse cross section of people and the artworks in our collection” in a world that is oversaturated with information and images. Simply text 572-51 with the words “send me” followed by a keyword, a color, or even an emoji and you’ll receive a related artwork image and caption via text message.
With 34,678 pieces in its collection, only 5 percent of which is on show at any given time, the service has the potential to be surprising as it is illuminating. As organizers explained, "Send Me SFMOMA was conceived as a way to bring transparency to the collection while engendering further exploration and discussion among users.”
Valuing Artists launched by a-n
The UK’s a-n has launched (in partnership with AIR Council) a five-year strategy called “Valuing Artists” to tackle the growing challenges its 21,000 artist members face in sustaining their careers.
The strategy will tackle issues concerning shifts in tax credit regulation, the continued reduction in arts budgets, self-employment constraints, Brexit concerns, and diversity in the visual arts sector.
Armory Week to be split in two
It seems Armory Week 2018 will be split into two this spring — with the Armory Show opening one week later than expected. The week’s marquee fair has decided to open on the first full week of March — with its VIP Preview on Wednesday 7 — rather than the usual week bridging February and March.
NADA and Independent have followed suit, and both will open Thursday, March 8. Unable to push back its booked slot at the Park Avenue Armory, the ADAA Art Show will hold its gala preview on February 27, and stay open through March 4. Details via artnews.
The Armory Show 2018 ©
Dallas Museum of Art acquires Yayoi Kusama Mirror Room
The Dallas Museum of Art has acquired Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirror Room” installation All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins (2016) — in joint ownership with the Rachofsky Collection, also based in Dallas.
Originally on view last year at Victoria Miro Gallery in London, the work, valued at $800,000, will make its debut at the Dallas Museum of Art on October 1. The acquisition is notable in that no other museum in North America has a similar work. Details via artnews.
Yayoi Kusama, All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins (2016) ©YAYOI KUSAMA
Dia Art Foundation to expand Asian art collection
Dia Art Foundation has announced the expansion of its collection of Asian art from the 1960s and 1970s — adding two new artists to its collection where previously the only Asian artist represented in the collection was On Kawara. Three artworks by Lee Ufan and five by Kishio Suga. Details via artnet NEWS.
Kishio Suga, Diagonal Phase (1969/2012). © Kishio Suga.