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Edible Art: Mark Rothko Cookies

Amazing. I see a lot of potential for the Pop Tart people. CC @museeYUM


Mark Rothko’s color field paintings take up entire walls, but my renditions of his iconic masterpieces fit on one plate! I made Mark Rothko cookies that re-created six eye-catching works. Graham crackers and icing replaced canvas and paint, and art never tasted so sweet!

Check out my digestible designs below:

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Fighting the Good Fight… But Better


by Jen Oleniczak @TheEngagingEd


I was ready to start addressing #EduTues next week – then remembered it was National Arts in Education Week. Museum Education Bat Signal, especially with this week’s topic. Queens Museum asked the everlasting question “What’s the value of Arts in Education and how would you convince a non-believer?” While the value is discussed constantly, can we ever really answer this question? And is it worth the soapbox?

To all of us reading this article and supporting museums, of course the arts are important. We exist in a world where art and art education is imperative to development, creativity, advancement and existence. The #edutues conversation reflected this – the art and non-art educators (me included) hopped up on their soapboxes, made statements how important the arts are in education and went back to fighting the good fight. But what about the second half of the question? How do we convince the non-believers?

The first step – know what we are fighting. We are fighting budget cuts, people who think art education isn’t necessary, people who think art museums should be hands off places of worship. The people we need to convince are not the people already teaching art history, working at museums, showing students of all ages how to create. We need to convince the people outside of our art nerd world. And we need to convince them that art education isn’t just an elective or a ‘fun’ class. Through integration, it can enhance core subjects, increasing the value of education as a whole.

STEM to STEAM is the idea of arts integration within the STEM model – and not just tacked on to the side, dead in the center.  Some cities are already embracing the trend, but all – even NYC, a city based in the epicenter of art – need work. Art shouldn’t just be another elective and add on class, it should be integrated through every subject. By integrating art into subjects like science and math, subjects whose value hasn’t been questioned, its’ worth becomes exponential, especially in reaching a wider range of students.

Museums and universities are teaming up to contribute to the ‘proof’ that the arts are essential to all fields. The careful observation required in art looking is being used to increase observational skills in medical professionals. Spending time with an art work indefinitely flexes critical looking skills that are not necessarily developed in other areas – and it’s amazing to think that doctors are using masterpieces like Rembrandt’s Self Portrait to help them diagnose patients better. It’s also creating an appreciation of art that people didn’t necessarily have before they started med school. And don’t we all want our doctors to pay more attention?

I usually shy away from politics, but business guru turned NYC Mayoral Candidate Jack Hidary has got some great views about arts and education. In his conversation with ArtsEdTechNYC last week, he talked about how companies are looking for employees with creative problem-solving skills. His statement of “I urge us to think beyond arts education as secondary,” made me want to jump on his political bandwagon and fix the $2 spent per student (down from $65!) on arts education. While he’s quietly maintaining his under-the-radar philosophy, he’s a force to watch in our fight. A believer in arts education and Bloomberg-esk businessman sense? Watch the whole conversation to make your own choice, but I’m sold.

Ignorance isn’t the answer. I was talking to a friend of mine about the Times article on museums that-must-not-be-named. He’s a museum lover and told me not to pay attention to the nay-sayers, just keep on dancing my dance. While there is merit in not letting critics get you down, being aware of the argument and the other side is imperative. If we aren’t listening to the critics, why should they listen to us?

So what of the rest of us? Aside from continuing to fight the good fight – we need to continue to raise awareness of the good that comes from art education. Contribute to the proof. We need to tweet, Instagram, blog about amazing teaching moments – we all have them and we talk to one another about them ALL THE TIME, but we need it to go further than our community. Find those brilliant cross connections and don’t let art just be an additional perk – ingrain it.

Any other amazing examples of art integration? Share away!

Robin Hood the Art World [Edited – Museum Name Removed]

Working on this…

Wealth is in all the wrong places in the art world. Let’s give it back to artists, museum workers, art handlers (these all overlap like crazy), and the good guys/gals in general.

Mission: Save the art world from greed. Save the museum world from greed. Redistribute wealth to those who have earned it.

Method: Start with crowd-sourced donations that will go to museums. (I’m doing this now and have raised $700 since Saturday.) This will empower them to be able to say NO to corporate interests, foundations who want to pander to minority children in a belittling way that doesn’t really serve their interests, wealthy donors who want to show their art in museums. (See [unnamed trustee]’s upcoming show at [unnamed major art museum] for an example, unless he’s planning on giving it all to the museum which would make it totally kosher.) This would otherwise be the New Museum fiasco or Sensation or the BMW motorcycle show at Guggs all over again.

Artists don’t make anything after selling works. They should. Let’s register art works like guns and track them and their sales. Maybe ARS can help in ensure that artists get some $$$ for resales of their pieces. Why should Charles Saatchii or Dakkis Jannou be able to buy up a bunch of an artists’ work, make them famous, and resell it for a huge profit without the artist seeing a penny. Let’s change that. Now.

Best Lunch Near MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art) by Museum Nerd & @MuseeYUM

Best lunch for Art Collectors (high-rollers): The Modern at MoMA ( (

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The Modern is one of the top 5 restaurants in NYC. I’ve eaten at Per Se and the Modern was better. Amazing. Amazing Amazing.

Starving Artist Lunch: The Halal Guys (


Tip: There are two food carts across the street from each other at 53rd and 6th. One has a long line and the other has a much shorter line. It’s the one closer to MoMA!

Secret: Their myster4-940x300iously delicious secret “white sauce” is ranch dressing. Pretty sure from my experience in Colorado where they put it on everything. It is super f***ing delicious. H/T to Dave Wharton for turning me on to The Halal Guys.


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10 Famous Artists on Twitter

[Updated 8/14, 10AM]

In no particular order, but the order I thought of them:

1. Richard Prince — 960 Tweets including:

See? Famous!

2. Vito Acconci — 1 Tweet:

Superfamous, but alas it’s unlikely that it’s Acconci who made the clever account. He hasn’t owned up to it that I know of. Maybe I’ll ask him at this.

3. John Lurie — 3,201 tweets including:

John Lurie just kicks ass. Example Example Example
I wanted an example from a Jim Jarmusch movie, but there weren’t even clips on YouTube. Someone tweet me something great and I’ll add it.

Here’s a great John Lurie clip:

4. Marilyn Minter — 410 tweets including:

How awesome is that? I thought I knew Marilyn Minter’s work pretty well, but I’d never seen anything like this before.

5. Hank Willis Thomas — 8,142 tweets including:

This guy is prolific in his art and prolific on social media. Mostly tweets about his own work, but his work is great so we forgive him.

6. Raymond Pettitbon — 9,860 tweets including:


Have fun deciphering! I once spent about an hour with a friend working on one of these. It’s like cryptic crossword clues in the London Times. BURMA SHAVE!

7. Yoko Ono — 5,630 tweets including:

Ooooooooh, Yooooookooooooo.

8. Queen Latifah — 921 tweets including:

(Kidding, but does anyone read past the first couple?)

8. Nayland Blake — 6,434 tweets including:

(That was the real 8 for those paying attention.)

9. Bo Bartlett — 3,318 tweets including:

(And now I’m just shouting myself out. Shameless.) Bo’s rad though. Paintings all over the US in probably a dozen twenty-three (23) museums and public collections. His sweet and lovely wife Betsy Eby is also great on Twitter! I’d have included her outright, but Bo’s more famouser. For now.

10. William “G.E.N.I.U.S.” Powhida — 19,564 tweets including:

(Bill’s famous, right?)

10. AA Bronson (What? I had two 8’s, I can have two 10’s.) — 582 tweets including:

Hasn’t tweeted for a month or so since arriving in Germany, but he’s definitely super famous from when he was in that bluesy American rock band from Houston with Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard.

Update 1 – 2am-ish.

Who am I missing? So far, I’ve gotten a few suggestions on Twitter. Still editing. Maybe.

Update 2 – Added blurbs about Marilyn Minter, Raymond Pettitbon, Hank Willis Thomas, and Bo Bartlett. Other famous artists will be in a forthcoming 10 (More) Famous Artists on Twitter if you put them in the comments, I’ll credit you! I’ve definitely got to add Mickalene Thomas, Tom Sachs, and others…

10,000 Best Museum Apps for Android

App-DowloadsSo I downloaded a bunch of museum apps (15, not 10,000) I’d never tried before…

ADHD synopsis: Elles at Seattle Art Museum was my favorite. What’s yours?

These were all actually pretty good as I’d downloaded them based on favorable reviews in the electronic store. Note also, that I’ve had apps from MoMA, LACMA, Guggenheim, etc.  on my phone for a while. This is just a roundup of what I found that I hadn’t seen or tried before.

I found that some of my favorite apps were no more than an illustrated audio tour, but the content was well-written and compelling. In short, you don’t need to wow me with your newfangled app technologies, just give me information presented in a compelling way and show me what you’re talking about and I’m happy.

High marks for High Museum of Art “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” Rodin Museum, Museum of London (Google maps-based; cool esp. if you’re in London), Istanbul Modern, and all of the Korean museum apps (these and several others produced by the Korea Tourism Organization), which have some of the highest production values and are definitely worth checking out.

The “Smart Museum” is only a smart choice if you want museums in Russia. It’s a pretty solid seeming listing of hundreds if not thousands of Russian museums and has nothing to do with the Smart Museum of Art in Chicago, as I had thought it would. It definitely made me long for an exploratory spelunk in the museums of the former CCCP.

83° – Haze.

Random, possibly helpful, screenshots:

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Curate Award: Anyone’s Curatorial Project Can Be a Reality (If Their Idea Is Good Enough)

Curate Award, “a global search for curatorial talent,” co-presented by Fondazione Prada & Qatar Museums Authority, was announced this morning in Venice as thousands flood into the city for the 55th Venice Biennale. Curate is a broadly defined competition that’s open to the public to apply. Whoever submits the most compelling idea in a two-minute video will have their project become a reality!
The award was announced by Jean-Paul Engelen, Head of Public Art, Qatar Museums Authority; Astrid Welter, Project Director, Fondazione Prada; Abdellah Karroum, newly appointed Director of Mathaf (Modern & Contemporary Art Museum in Doha); and Serpentine Gallery’s Hans Ulrich Obrist, who is one of the Curate judges. (L to R in the above photo)Speaking about the evolution of who’s played the role of curator over the years, Obrist hoped that the Curate Award might push it further. “There are relatively few curating prizes which allow the project to become real,” he said.
For inspiration, Curate Award shared artist Bill Viola’s idea for “The World as a Living Organism” on their Facebook page:
A curator to send a selected group of artists, musicians, poets and dancers into outer space to orbit our planet so that they may see themselves and the entire world as one single living organism and share their experiences through their creations.

Looks like this one is wide open folks. I would’ve said the sky was the limit, but if Bill Viola’s idea is any indication… Good luck curatin’!

428079_336362599823719_1586457009_nDeadline December 31, 2013. More info and application details:

2012 in Review – Some Unwanted Search Traffic


Some visitors came searching, mostly for museum nerd, ass women, brooklyn museum, museumnerd, and museum websites.

Writing about “bad ass women” museum directors seems to have gotten me some unwanted search traffic. Oh well.

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,500 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 9 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.


James Huang The Gospel of Skills at AUXILIARY PROJECTS

Great “Rough Cuts” by James Kalm on James Huang’s brilliant sculptures at Auxiliary Projects in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Watch more on MUSEUMNERD TELEVISION here: