The second segment of this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Indianapolis Museum of Art conservator Richard McCoy talking about the International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art-North America’s Tony Smith Artist Research Project.
McCoy and his colleagues have created project on which they’re trying to use Wikipedia to document all 83 of Smith’s outdoor sculptures, making pictures, available technical documentation and information about the works publicly available, and for free. Anyone may contribute an entry on one of Smith’s outdoor works, so check out the list of outdoor Smiths to see if there’s one near you! (Bonus: If you complete an entry, INCCA-NA will send you this kick-ass t-shirt as a thank-you.)
This is Moondog (1964) at the National Gallery of Art. It’s been documented on Wikipedia here.
Moondog. Tony Smith.
The International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art – North America has launched a project this summer to document all of the Tony Smith outdoor artworks around the world using Wikipedia and Flickr, two free web-based resources. This is part of INCCA-NA’s “Artist Research Project” for which Smith was chosen as the inaugural artist in part with recognition of his 100th birthday this September.
No doubt, many of you visit or even work for institutions that have Tony Smith sculptures on view, and you could help create up-to-date documentation of all of the sculptures in the world. Here’s a link to the list of his sculptures so you can find one near you, and here’s a link to a page in Wikipedia that provides good instructions on how to write a Wikipedia article about a Tony Smith outdoor sculpture.
Please get involved and help us document all of his outdoor artworks in recognition of one of US’ most-renowned artists!
I’m always happy to be talking about WikiProject Public Art. This time I discuss how it might be applied to help document contemporary public artworks in the International Council of Museum’s (ICOM) Modern Materials Working Group Newsletter. Download the newsletter here.
I was thrilled to discuss my conservation work at the Indianapolis Museum of Art with Jeffrey Inscho at Static Made for this week’s Podcast. In this podcast I discuss technology and conservation at the IMA, and also chat about my work in Wikipedia. I’ll be giving a presentation about WikiProject Public Art at the upcoming American Institute for Conservation’s Annual Meeting in Albuquerque next week, which has the theme Connecting to Conservation: Outreach and Advocacy.
Go have a listen and give us some feedback!
Standing on the head of van lieshout sculpture Funky Bones in the art and nature park of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. This sculpture features prominently in The Fault in Our Stars.
Indianapolis-based author, John Green, standing on Funky Bones. One of my interns wrote the Wikipedia article for the artwork this summer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funky_Bones
"Research proves gender imbalance on Wikipedia" by the University of Minnesota.
It’s interesting to see a major university investigating this question, and just as interesting to see an article about an Indianapolis Museum of Art artwork that was just created this month by one of my talented interns, Katherine Langdon: The Three Graces
This article, which was created as part of the IMA e-volunteer program and supported by WikiProject: Public Art, was just on the Main Page of Wikipedia in the “Did You Know” section, receiving more than 2500 views in one day.
Consider volunteer for the Indianapolis Museum of Art and creating articles in Wikipedia (even if you’re a male):
The Public Catalogue Foundation, a project to catalogue all of the paintings in public ownership in the United Kingdom. Such a great project!
WikiProject Public Art is basically the same idea, except that it is without institutional support and is built to scale on a global level.
Milwaukee’s public art is getting worldwide exposure!
Oh, this ought to be a good week!
Richard Serra, “Tilted Arc” (1981)
Serra’s “Tilted Arc” is one of the most controversial pieces of publicly funded and displayed artwork, ultimately dismantled after public outcry — employees of the federal building the sculpture stood in front of found it disruptive, among other things. This week on Hyperallergic LABS, we look at art supported by government funding.