Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
This New York Times article discussed all the new and contemporary changes that new Director of the Hirrshorn Museum here in DC, Melissa Chiu, has in the works. The first exhibition under her new leadership with be of an Iranian video artist and she plans on having more interactive video exhibitions in the future. She also created a new position, Curator-At-Large being filled by Gianni Jetzer, that will be based in New York as opposed to DC, to help the museum position itself and draw from the resources of the epicenter of the visual arts world that New York is. It’s interesting to think about how a major museum such as the Hirshhorn will strive to push a very traditional, and quite frankly, uninspiring museum into a 21st century a true player in the contemporary art world. Also, the decision to have a curator based in a city other than where the organization is based is also a bold move. The Times article notes the failures of the previous director to modernize the museum, especially in such a conservative city as DC, maybe the curator-at-large position being based in New York is the best decision? Thoughts?