Saturday 16 January 2016

Reading List, 16 January 2016

By the numbers #1: Colleen Dilenschneider on 'optimal audience acquisition costs' for cultural non-profits.

By the numbers #2: The American Association of Art Museum Directors analysis of their 2015 members survey on topics such as revenue sources, admission charges, and objects borrowed > objects lent.

By the numbers #3: Carolina Miranda outlines 9 ways Helen Molesworth's hang of the permanent collection at MOCA in Los Angeles offers a different take on modern and contemporary American art history.

By the numbers #4: the British Museums Association annual survey indicates that 'nearly one in five regional museums has closed a part or branch of their museum to the public in the last year, or plans such a closure in the year to come' while 8% introduced entry charges last year and 12% intend to do so this year, due to funding cuts.

Plenty of numbers in Seb Chan's end of year round-up, but it's the differences he identifies between American and NZ/Aus museums that I find most fascinating.  And this:
... digital transformation efforts are really in the service of visitors wherever they might be. In that sense, ‘digital transformation’ follows in the footsteps of the education-led museology of the 1990s. You can sense this in Nicholas Serota’s recently published “commonwealth of ideas” speech about a new Tate.
Nothing to do with numbers, but this Reddit AMA on museum technology by Michael Edson, Eric Rodley and Emily Lytle-Painter is full of interesting nuggets. I'm finding myself increasingly drawn to the Reddit style of conducting these group conversations over the hashtag pile-ons of Twitter chats. I wonder what they're like as a respondent?

On Artsy, a site I've never really thought to read before, Meredith Mendelsohn and Tess Thackara on How Advocates of African-American Art Are Advancing Racial Equality in the Art World.

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