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Museum Trends: Yoga in the Galleries

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Yoga at the Brooklyn Museum. Image from http://museeum.net/article/215/yoga-in-museums-around-the-world.html.

Art museums are catching up with one of the latest fitness trends — yoga. Museums around the world are teaming up with yoga professionals and offering classes in their galleries. The Brooklyn Museum offers one of the biggest classes, accommodating around 300-400 people in a single session, but smaller yoga classes are also available at nearby museums such as the Columbus Museum of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Art. At the Columbus Museum of Art, yoga lasts for an hour, followed by thirty minutes of meditation. The Cleveland Museum of Art offers a tour of the gallery, followed by a yoga class. Each session has a different theme, and it costs about the same as going to a traditional yoga studio.

The goal of practicing yoga among the art is to promote a deeper and more meaningful connection to the works. By hosting yoga classes in a museum space, it also highlights how yoga practice is an art form in and of itself.

For more information about this trend, please visit: http://museeum.net/article/215/yoga-in-museums-around-the-world.html.

For more information about yoga classes at The Columbus Museum of art, please visit: https://www.columbusmuseum.org/?post_type=cma_event&p=20272.

For more information about yoga at the Cleveland Museum of Art, please visit: https://www.clevelandart.org/events/other/yoga-museum.

Amy Shirer ’18

Gund Associate Team Spotlight: Social Media Promotions

This has been a big year for the Gund Gallery’s social media promotions team! From creating the student-run blog to connecting with other art institutions across the country via our Instagram page, there has been no shortage of things to do for this group of Associates.

The Gund Gallery Associate Blog went up in September of 2016, and is centered around highlighting the many roles of Associates and members of the Kenyon community within Gund Gallery. The main focus of the blog this semester is the Student Artist Spotlight, written in part by Herbert Matthew Dittersdorf, ’19. As the annual end-of-year student exhibition for senior studio art majors draws near, this glimpse into the lives, inspiration, and work of our featured artists works as an online preview into what will be showcased when the exhibition opens to the public, from April 24 to May 20, 2017.

Jess Lane ’20

Student Artist Spotlight: Anastasia Inciardi

Anastasia Inciardi is an Art History Major and Studio Art Minor from Brooklyn, New York.

Why Studio Art?

For her entire life, Anastasia has been surrounded by art and music. Her mother used to be what Anastasia described as a “corporate art curator,” and now works for The Rolling Stones. Her father is currently serving as the head curator of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. As she explained, Anastasia, “always made art.” But she “wasn’t really focused on it” until she enrolled in free art classes at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. After taking those classes, she became more committed to her art and began working at museums including the Museum of Modern Art.

image1Anastasia’s dorm/studio.

Medium of Choice?

At first, in high school, Anastasia mostly practiced photography. Eventually, she discovered a passion for illustration which she retains today. She particularly favors turning her illustrations into stop-motion animations. In her words, she likes to make her illustrations “come alive.” In addition to her stop motion animations, Anastasia has started a small T-Shirt business. In an improvised studio in her Mather dorm, she designs and uses wood block prints to create unique T-Shirt designs which display a range of subjects, mostly relating to people and buildings which she has carried with her from her hometown of Brooklyn, New York. She donates all of the profits to Planned Parenthood, and has collected up at least 60 orders so far.

image3One of Anastasia’s original prints.

Who are Anastasia’s Inspirations?

Anastasia particularly enjoys the work of illustrator Julia Rothman. As Anastasia said, “I’m obsessed with her.” Rothman illustrates for publications such as the New York Times. She also designs wallpapers, books, and other goods. Better yet, Anastasia got to meet Rothman at a gathering of illustrators. Besides Rothman, Anastasia also gains inspiration from video artist Hannah Jacobs, whose music videos on Vimeo have inspired Anastasia’s stop-motion animations.

232Julia Rothman’s rendition of both Brooklyn and Philadelphia.

by Herbert Matthew Dittersdorf ’19

Museum Trends: Large-scale Online Photo Archives

16DIGITIZE-COMBO-superJumboAn online art database aims to link works such as Hans Holbein the Younger’s 1527 portrait of Sir Thomas More (left) with similar pieces. Image from the New York Times Online.

Currently, the Frick Collection has around 20,000 boxes in storage, filled with folders of photographs that depict works of art. Typed pages of information accompany each photograph. More than 1 million individual works are documented in the collection. Instead of continuing the old analog system, the Frick Collection recently teamed up with fourteen other art institutions to create a union database that will eventually hold twenty-two million images from across the partners. Of that, seventeen million will be photographs of artworks, and the rest will be supplemental materials. The database, Pharos, is already in beta testing and can be accessed at pharosartresearch.org.

The intended audience for Pharos is art historians, but anyone can utilize the resource. Through the Pharos database, users will be able to see a work’s restoration history, previous ownership, and information about similar works that have been destroyed or lost.

The motivation for the project came from the fact that analog photographs cannot last forever, and museum officials are worried that certain pieces could disappear. The creators also acknowledge that younger art history scholars often start their research online and they don’t want the photos to become underutilized because they aren’t available digitally.

For more information about Pharos, please visit: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/14/arts/design/art-history-digital-archive-museums-pharos.html.

Amy Shirer ’18

Favorite Contemporary Artist: Robert McCurdy

Robert Mccurdy is an American painter and photographer born in Pennsylvania in 1952. He earned his BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland and worked on an Arts Fellowship at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. His work has been shown in over 30 galleries since 1976. I first saw his work this year in a portrait painting exhibit in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. My favorite of the paintings I saw was his portrait of the writer Toni Morrison, pictured below.

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I greatly admire his realistic style and creative use of color. His portraits strongly resemble photographs and have a striking use of thick layer work that creates practically invisible strokes. At the exhibit I leaned in dangerously close trying to figure out how he managed to master the two very different textures of the sweater’s knit fabric and Morrison’s skin while seamlessly blending the piece into one spectacularly composed whole.

Here are a few of his wide variety of amazing oil paintings:

Lucy Irwin ’20

Museum Trends: Adjusting Admission Fees to Increase Accessibility

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The exterior of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
Image from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Children’s_Museum_of_Indianapolis.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is changing its pricing. For a long time visitors have had to purchase tickets for a standard fee, no matter if they ordered them ahead of time online or at the box office as they entered.  To visit the museum now, people will log onto the museum’s online calendar, where prices vary each day. There they choose the day they want to visit and purchase the number of tickets they will need. The farther ahead the tickets are bought, the cheaper they will be. If buyers are unable to make the day they already paid for, they can call the museum to exchange it for a different day. Visitors expected to cover any price difference.

New prices will be available March 13, just in time for spring break. As of now, tickets are $23.50, but the new average price will be $21.75. Currently, there are 40 days where tickets are $16 or less, and the museum hosts four free days each year. To set the daily fees, an algorithm takes into account multiple factors, including school calendars, customer demand, even weather. The most expensive days could reach $35, but a spokeswoman for the museum said she does not believe any day will be that expensive.

This “plan-ahead pricing,” as the museum calls it, is similar to the Indianapolis Zoo’s model. The museum recognizes that this move will increase accessibility to the exhibits, making a trip to the museum affordable for many more community members and their families.

For more information, please visit: http://www.indystar.com/story/news/2017/02/01/childrens-museum-indianapolis-changing-its-pricing/97291828/.

Amy Shirer ’18