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Social Media

As museums look for different ways to engage the public, here’s the story of Adam Koszary, the social media editor for the Royal Academy of Art—”whose flippant, conversational approach to Twitter has gotten him so much attention over the past two years that one of Silicon Valley’s biggest companies briefly lured him away.” [The New York Times]

Kelly Crow has the story of a security guard at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City who became an internet star when the institution charged him with taking over its social-media feeds. “The museum said its Twitter following has grown 2,637%, to more than 268,000 followers.” [The Wall Street Journal]

Museums

While it remains closed, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has committed to paying all its employees until May 2 and is exploring ways to dip into its $3.6 billion endowment in the future. [The New York Times]

In an open letter addressed to James Cuno, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles, art writer Jori Finkel wonders “why the Getty has not stepped up” to support artists, art workers, and cultural institutions struggling for survival because of the coronavirus. “Where is the Getty’s sense of civic responsibility today during this unprecedented health and financial crisis?” [The Art Newspaper]

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit put together a new platform through which artists can sell work to support themselves during the coronavirus crisis. [ARTnews]

With expansion plans being hotly contested around the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Apollo magazine pits two authors—freelance writer Matt Stromberg and former LACMA curator J. Patrice Marandel—to consider the pros and cons of “either a disaster which will bankrupt one of LA’s most venerable cultural institutions or a fitting transformation that will further the city’s ascendance as a world-class art capital.” [Apollo]

The Art Newspaper released its 2019 museum attendance survey, with an exhibition of work by Ai Weiwei at the top. [The Art Newspaper]

Artists

“From Martin Parr’s indoor photography challenge to Martin Creed’s guitar-playing tutorial, artists are showing how the coronavirus needn’t mean an end to creativity.” [The Guardian]

Watch the first episode of “Artist’s Eye,” a new video series from Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac debuting with a first episode featuring Antony Gormley waxing poetic about a favorite belonging: “a smooth, calcified fossil made from ancient single-cell organisms.” [ARTnews]

Misc.

Albright-Knox Art Gallery curator Tina Rivers Ryan wrote about “Net art in the age of COVID-19.” [Artforum]

Sharon Stern devoted herself to the study of the Japanese dance form of Butoh. But “did her mentor”—one of the foremost masters of the art—”lead her down a dangerous path?” [The New Yorker]



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