This week we went on a Museum themed TedTalk spiral starting with Museum Hack Founder Nick Gray's lecture on how he began loving museums. Side note: If you haven't been on one of his interactive tours of the Met, we recommend this as a great thing to do when your skeptical and not-art minded friends come to visit. They're guaranteed to leave the city with a whole new perspective on what a museum is and have a lot of fun along the way. If your friends and family aren't flocking to visit, and next week is all about you - we collected a line-up of artist lectures, tech symposiums, and women networking panels for you to attend. More good news in our reads round-up, it looks like our jobs are the least likely to be taken over by mindless robots. Apparently creativity can't be hard-wired - go figure. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Reads and Feeds: Words that Lingered
Going to Art School Could Help Save Your Job From the Robots, Sarah Cascone, Artnet News; A future full of automated artificial robots may not be so bleak for the art-minded individual, studies show art related jobs are the least at threat in the technological age.
What It Costs to Have a Gallery in New York, Isaac Kaplan, Artsy; Finally, a comprehensive dollar / per square foot / per neighborhood guide to operating an art gallery around the city.
A Responsibility to Light: An Illustrated Manifesto for Creative Resilience and the Artist’s Duty in Dark Times, Maria Popova, Brain Pickings; A colorful, fearless sentiment of resistance and strength delivered in poster form by Illustrator Wendy MacNaughton and writer Courtney E. Martin. Find yours at a shop near you and repeat after us!
What We Heard, Create NYC - A Cultural Plan for NYC; 180,000 people polled to form a comprehensive report mapping the arts and cultural industry. From the issues that matter most to the nearly 250,000 arts workers in NYC, like affordable housing and gentrification, to actionable steps that can help build a more supportive community, this colorful guide is as informative as it is instructive. Enjoy :)
This Week Around Town
MONDAY, MAY 22
Women You Need To Know
A unique networking event for top-level women executives working within the media industry. An unconventional panel and Q&A aimed to break the mold of conventional networking events.
6:30pm; Request an invite, Squeaky Wheel Media, 640 W 28th St, 6th FL, New York
TUESDAY, MAY 23
TimesTalks Downtown: Ryan McGinley and Marilyn Minter
Two powerful provocateur photographers discuss their recent exhibitions, how their voices are leading a generation of art-makers and the relationship between the body and cultural anxieties.
7:00pm; Cadillac House, 330 Hudson St., New York; $40
WEDNESDAY, MAY 24 - THURSDAY, MAY 25
LDV Vision Summit 2017: Innovations and Trends in Visual Technologies
Tech workers, investors, entrepreneurs, photographers and design creatives unite for the annual vision summit that is jam packed with hopefully productive conversations sparking the next wave of tech and design start-ups.
All day; SVA Theater, 333 W 23rd St, New York; Prices vary
SATURDAY, MAY 27
High Line Tour: From Freight to Flowers
Spend a quiet Saturday morning waking up with the High Line, NYC’s above ground park learning about how it was developed and the stories behind the art and agriculture. We also recommend checking out their stargazing tour offered throughout the summer.
10am - 11:15am; On the High Line at Gansevoort St.; Free, no RSVP
Jeff Koons: Seated Ballerina
Only two weeks left of the third Jeff Koon's residency at 30 Rockefeller Center made possible through the Art Production Fund. Love him or hate him, this monumental 45 foot inflatable ballerina glistening in the sun surrounded by some of our favorite art deco clad buildings in the heart of the city, is a sight to see.
Through June 2, 2017; 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York; Free
FOR THE HOMEBODY
Five Awesome TED Talks About Museums
From how to weave narratives across a museum, to finally cutting loose and enjoying your next trip to a museum more, these five TED Talks are the perfect background inspiration while getting stuff done around the house.
- Project Manager, Novo Arts, NYFA Classifieds
- Communications and Design Assistant, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Art Frankly
- Community Impact Theater, The Public Theater, NYFA Classifieds
- Administrator, Photographs, Sotheby's, Linkedin
- Senior Proposal Writer, Phillips, 20th Century and Contemporary Art, Art Frankly
- Assistant/Associate Museum Educator, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, AAM
- Program Officer, Asia Society, LinkedIn