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100th Post! MJ Writes Guest Blogs on New Curator Today!

My post is up on New Curator today–click here to check it out ! I’m so grateful to add my voice to this fantastic blog, and encourage you not only to check out my post but the blog in general. Plus, New Curator is the genius behind my favorite web forum, Museopunk. What’s not to love about this post, which just happens to be the 100th post on MJ Writes!!


Museums and controversial exhibitions – Add to the discussion!


I am loving the Museopunk forum! I just opened up the following question for discussion, and encourage you to add to the conversation and join Museopunk if you have not had the chance yet!

For those who have worked or currently work in the museum field, have you had any dealings with exhibitions that turned out to be controversial, or planned exhibitions that addressed contentious topics? What did the museum do to address concerns from the public and funders, and did they put extra measures in place to encourage constructive dialogue about the topic or the art?


Are You a Museopunk?

New Curator has launched a fantastic network, Museopunk, with a pretty active forum that needs more voices! What is a museopunk, you ask? From the New Curator blog, here is the scoop:


A DIY attitude is very Museopunk, and kind of makes sense for a start-up Metrocurator. But if MOMA released a bunch of Metrocurators into New York with a ton of cash behind them, they could probably get the job done. Same thing with bureaucracy; a Metrocurator wants to deal with as little as possible. A Museopunk wants to change bureaucracy to allow for greater freedom of innovation, especially in reaction to failing “cookie-cutter” models or corporate interests.

Museopunk borrows from, and probably partially overlaps, Edupunk. This word encompasses all museum parts with a punk notion. Prezpunk, a punk outlook on conservation. Who ws it it that said “Curatopunk”? Sorry to who said it but I’ve lost where that came from. I came up with Registrapunk to cover the punk approach to collections management.

Personally, I’m seeing the best of Museopunk innovative thinking coming from the wannabes, the bottom rungs or the outsider freelancers. I suppose these are the people who want it the most and want to succeed and see an entrepreneurial approach as the way to do it. That is to say that there isn’t a lot of things going on in museum institutions that could be considered Museopunk. Involvement in the Creative Commons for one. Putting CC licenses on photos or entire documentation records. Building your own software. Not getting overly involved in these ready made blockbuster exhibitions that are put together and sold as a packages (I want to call them “Microwave Exhibitions”).

In my opinion, Museopunk is a reaction and a desire for museums to regain some of that soul.

I just signed up and I am excited to swap ideas about innovating our organizations with people from both the U.S. and abroad. I encourage all museum leaders to join the conversation!