I just came across this very relevant article on Real Clear Arts. The Plains Art Museum in Fargo is opening an exhibit that was curated by the public through multiple rounds of voting. The public will also be allowed to vote on art during the exhibit and will be allowed to place post-it notes in the gallery. The staff at the Plains also wants to display this works in different ways, including on the ceiling and at different angles. This article tears apart their exhibit concept and suggests that the Association of Art Museum Curators speak up about the curators at the Plains “devaluing the curatorial profession.”  The author understands the desire to involve people in art, but doesn’t find this method appropriate. He even compares it to voting on what is taught in schools and voting on medical treatment. I think he’s a bit over the top and assume I’m not alone here. What do you think?

http://www.artsjournal.com/realcleararts/2011/10/plains-museum-and-public.html

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