One of the most interesting things to happen in the museum world on Twitter was buzz around a hashtag initiated by the NYC Museum Educators Roundtable. On Halloween, the organization tweeted from @NYCMER that they would be retweeting museum educator “horror stories” with the hashtag #MuseumHorrors. You don’t have to be on twitter to click the link and see what people wrote. Some of the responses were truly horrific.
@nyc8675309 tweeted: Let’s not discuss why I have “snake wrangler” on my résumé. #MuseumHorrors
@alllllie5Ls tweeted: While working at a museum in Italy, a child grabbed Giacometti’s “Woman with Her Throat Cut” and PICKED IT UP. Yup. #MuseumHorrors
@krhumphreys said: woman licking hand then touching tromp l’oiel on wall… I don’t know why.
My own contribution: I once had two different kids faint and drop to the ground in an un-air-conditioned gallery on the same tour! #MuseumHorrors
My personal favorite summarized a lot of the others when @Jennifer_Foley said, “I had no idea how. much. kids. throw. up. #MuseumHorrors”
More of this week’s highlights and museology:
- Lots of neat stuff in Christoph Schifferli’s Books on Books show at Swiss Institute. #booknerd
- BAM’s benefit print by Marcel Dzama is surprisingly racy! And this BAM contest has some pretty excellent prizes. I love that place.
- Metrotech has some funky new stuff! Guessing Public Art Fund has something to do with this.
- Discovering the Circle Museum on the roadside while zipping back from MASS MoCA was a surprise and a delight!
- Emilio Sanchez at the Bronx Museum: beautiful, lean, architectural representations of quieter moments in the city.
- This little alcove on Greene Street has always had interesting street art. Now there’s a new little sculpture guy!
- I find I can’t get up from my seat… Frances Stark’s My Best Thing at MoMA PS1 is “the Entertainment”! #DFW
- My visit to Alexis K. Manheim’s gorgeous art-making place.