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This article was written on 04 May 2012, and is filled under experimental projects, Experimentalism, Museum projects, Recommended Reading.

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The Elastic Manfesto or Why Museums are Ripe for Experimental Projects

As most know, last week at #aam2012 a panel I put together presented an “Elastic Manifesto.” It was created to inspire, ground in reality and support museums and artists interested in experimental projects, and make the case that at this moment, museums are particularly ripe for this type of work. We’ll post the panel presentations online soon. I’ll continue developing and sharing my own thinking and related work here.

You can download it as a PDF handout.

It consists of 3 parts which are available as editable Google Docs with the links below. Please add to it or share freely:

  1. The Elastic Manifesto: why do it
  2. The Elastic Manual: big picture tips
  3. The Bibliography: a selection of reading resources organized by “Why” to “How” and “What Is It?” From contemporary art history to social engaging art to the 21st Century Skills report. For example:
  1. Huberman, Anthony. “Take Care.” In Circular Facts, by Mai Abu ElDahab, Binna Choi, Emily Pethick, 9–17. Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2011. ISBN 978-1-934105-65-8 http://www.theartistsinstitute.org/MEDIA/take%20care.pdf
  • Why: In this beautiful short essay, Anthony Huberman makes a claim for  why art organizations should take risks, not only questioning what they show and do but how they could behave better moving from a place of “knowing” to one of caring
  • Uploaded by Sarah Schultz

Chair:

Maria Mortati
Independent Museum Consultant
Sarah Schultz
Director of Education and Curator of Public Practice, Walker Art Center

Co-panelists:

Susan Diachisin
Kelli and Allen Questrom Director of the Center for Creative Connections, Dallas Museum of Art
Stephanie Parrish
Associate Director of Education and Public Programs, Portland Art Museum

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