I started using Foursquare because people seeing my tweets about art and museums were saying, “I want to see that, where is it?” A Foursquare check-in with a note attached creates a tweet that solves this problem, because Foursquare automatically attaches a link telling people where you are. When you click the link, you see the name of the place, its address, and other people’s comments and recommendations about the place.
A tweet with a Foursquare link:
And what you see when you click the Foursquare link:
Recently I’ve started using Foursquare to simplify my museum and gallery hopping life. I’m a glutton for art, and when I have that spare thirty minutes, I want the fastest tool to find art viewing opportunities nearby. Foursquare’s “Explore” feature was a big enhancement for searching. When you search for “museum,” you can click through to a map that shows a lot of neat little tabs with your Explore results. It’s the fastest way I’ve found to see what’s right nearby and even see what friends have to say about the galleries, museums, public art installations, etc.
There are also concrete benefits to using Foursquare. Props to Public Art Fund, whose social media maven, Nora Gomez, created a special offer for their new installation at the MetroTech Center in Brooklyn. I checked in a couple times, became the “Mayor,” and won free tickets to their spring talks series. Then I left a tip for future visitors. You can see it online here without having to sign up for anything. Now my only problem is how to accept without revealing my secret identity!
More of this week’s highlights and museology:
- Not sure if the question was answered, but I quite enjoyed reading “Can Bob Dylan Paint?” in The Brooklyn Rail.
- Another appearance of Bob Dylan in the art world: Jim Lambie
Vortex (Bringing It All Back Home) at Anton Kern Gallery.
- First time the Guggenheim has had WiFi available on the ramps!
- One pony trick ≠ one trick pony. #Cattelan
- Best street food near MoMA. The Argentinian empanada guy is awesome too.
- Had the loveliest chat with the Director of the Homeless Museum of Art (by the 20th St. entrance to the High Line).
- This Short History of the Lightbulb show at The Pace Gallery is a lot of fun!
- The music and randomness make this Public Art Fund piece delightful. Call 646.862.0937, press 5# for audio tour.
- Don’t miss James Cohan Gallery’s video installation in the window at Russ & Daughters on Houston. Kate Gilmore, John Baldessari, Gordon Matta-Clark…
- Fascinating story: portrait of an unidentified woman long (mistakenly) identified as Lord Cornbury. (via @NYHistory)
- There are Brooklyn Historical Society exhibition cases by the bar on the lobby level of this Marriot. Do other museums do this?
- Most obscure museum exhibition in NYC? Known only by tourists, Brooklyn Historical Society’s Coney Island.
- BRIC + El Museo del Barrio = Fantastico! When you come to this collaboration at BRIC Rotunda Gallery, don’t miss Jessica Mein’s animation tucked away in the back.
- Best little-known place to see art in Chicago with an amazing history.
- Oh my goodness, this is brilliant and hilarious art.
- The new website for the museum of the Brooklyn Navy Yard has launched! Looks like the museum is going to be RAD!
- Man kneels before mariachis at MoMA PS1 during the Francis Alÿs exhibition.
- Raise your hand if you’re going to the Flux Factory silent auction, Dec. 20! (Great deals on art abound!)