#AskACurator Live Blog4
#askacurator @MUDI_museum #Italia As a newer museum, what have been the challenges you have faced? A .@mardixon A lot… the main one is connect in the right way the museum (object, spaces)…..and its digital extensions. Let’s go digital, but objects are our roots! | #askacurator #italy
8:52 #askacurator Photography seems to be a hot topic. Are photographs allowed? Why/Why Not.
9:20 +1 RT @CVersailles #Askacurator Juliette Trey, curator, Palace of Versailles who answers you this morning! youtu.be/7Rraz5jwjRo
9:32 #askacurator @JewishMuseumAT #Austria I like the blog area. Do you allow Guest to blog or only staff?
9:55 RT @melenabig: #Askacurator Do you use or plan to use soon an #ebook version for exibition books and other stuff (i.e.guides or professional studies) ?
10:04 RT @AskACurator: Anyone? RT @5hvz: #askacurator how do you deal with dust? @PooleMuseum: Museum vacs, brushes and microporous dusters. :: @Pitt_Rivers: @MarDixon @NGIreland We use brushes & special sponges on a rota. But depends on materials & how fragile, or if it should be dusted at all!
10:05 and we have 3497 Tweets via Archivist
10:20 on BBC Shropshire Radio talking #askacurator
10:44 #Askacurator @museumtoulouse #France What one object in your collection represents the Natural History of France?
RT @QWoo: ➜ 3.500+ #askacurator tweets worldwide so far. TOP5 twitterians are @erikajoy @museumsmatteroz @MarDixon @Artwrite50 and @Museumsheld ✔ #20
11:00 RT @AskACurator: #askaCurator is now trending in the UK
Oh I Love this! RT @artinfo24com: And here live visualization for #askacurator Day http://bit.ly/Uc59ng
11:20 RT @MarDixon: #Askacurator Just been on a French radio program to be aired at 3 today @AskACurator
11:12 RT @dannybirchall: #AskACurator Are people who look after collections of objects necessarily better at making exhibitions?
11:46 That’s great! RT @museupicasso: @AskACurator also trending topic in spain! #askacurator
11:55 @ssGreatBritain Yes please – how did digitalise ship plans and how long did it take? #askacurator
12:19 #askacurator How much time do curators spend ‘on the floor’ and listening to visitors? @Tate @museocasalis @ChildrenMuseum A. @museocasalis: All the time it is possible.Never it is enough, but we try do it more and more time @MarDixon @Tate @ChildrenMuseum #askacurator
I asked for links for those blogging.
@liberatetate: @MarDixon Here is one question that has been blogged http://bit.ly/RvoLwL we will storify later too
12:39 @CVersailles Thanks for taking part! Hope you enjoyed it? Hello to Hélène who is taking over #Askacurator A. @CVersailles: @MarDixon I lot! Thanks! #askacurator
Archived tweets, over 6K now and trending in the UK and Spain
13:02 Digitalize collections and what to do with duplications being asked.
13:18 RT @euradioenglish: At around 1515 we’ll have an interview with @MarDixon explaining the fantastic #askacurator initiative – find out how museums really work!
13:41 @MB_Museum #askacurator How do you determine what goes into the museum?
#AskaCurator Q’s Open to all: How to engage #TeensinMuseums. Do curators get social media? Most significant object that tells a story.
#AskaCurator Popular questions: Favorite /Funny exhibition/piece, are photos allowed, & thought process behind display.
13:55 Object that tells a story RT @MuseumRotterdam: @MarDixon #AskaCurator Sign. obj. white flag used in vain by negotiator to ward off destruction of the city in WW2. http://bit.ly/OED86z RT @MuseumRotterdam: @MarDixon There´s lots of story in it too, f.e. there are bloodstains from when the negotiator stopped to tend the wounds of a Marine.
14:05 RT @dannybirchall: From the archive — #AskACurator 2010 http://museumcultures.wordpress.com/2010/09/02/twenty-questions/
14:16 @polkium: #askacurator Is it that difficult to place the paintings or photos so that no reflections are seen?
14:25 RT @comburo: #askacurator @PostalMuseum has any mail (or maybe postage?) ever brought any of the curators to tears? Thank you in advance for your reply
14:33 #askacurator Do you see digital tools as a positive or negative? (QR, Apps, social media…)
RT @HolocaustMuseum: @MarDixon Re: Digital tools: positive, but a new challenge as it takes time+$ to make a good digital experience. #askacurator
15:45 USA and Canada are now taking part and the tag is moving quickly.
RT @SumoJim: #AskaCurator is the UK’s top trending subject on Twitter. Take that pirates!!!
RT @BaysideScience6: Thank you @AskaCurator and all the museums involved. Bayside 6th Grade is loving their “Create-a-Question” Science Starter! #askacurator
Question at 16:28
@bearsinmuseums: Do you have any bears in your museum? #askacurator
Ha! RT @CVersailles: @bearsinmuseums But I’m sorry to tell you that the bear looses against the tiger : ( #askacurator
RT @ColbyMuseum: @bearsinmuseums Does a Polar Bear Teapot count?! Have a look and tell us what you think: http://bit.ly/OEWQiB
RT @quaibranly: @bearsinmuseums We also have a few, among them is this one: http://ow.ly/dPIUo, a toy that keeps bad spirits away from kids #askacurator
Mexico Do you ever work with museums in other countries? #Mexico RT @3museos: ¿Dudas sobre museos?, #askacurator bit.ly/OZPGkJ
#askacurator Have you had to adjust the way you curate during the recession?
RT @OhioHistory: @MarDixon So it’s a matter of doing what you can and taking things one object at a time #askacurator BL
Andy Warhol is a personal hero to me so being able to tweet with Warhol Foundation is extremely exciting for me:
#AskaCurator Open data/source is growing into a hot topic. What are curator’s views or do we need more items digital before we worry?
RT @quiltstudy: @MarDixon As an international museum, it is one of our goals to share our collection and research worldwide. #askacurator
17:31 RT @MuseumsHeld: BÄMM! #AskACurator ist Trending Topic in #Deutschland. http://t.co/C9awvGkW
RT @bannedlibrary: @smithsonian #askacurator Can you not loan out Indiana Jones’s hat and jacket so they won’t make any more movies? http://www.smithsonianlegacies.si.edu/objectdescription.cfm?ID=125
That’s dedication: French medieval museum @museecluny are staying at work late to answer your questions! (And @CVersailles Bienvenue au château de Versailles)
17:52 #askacurator taking photographs still seems to be a hot topic. Majority seem to embrace it except for copyright issues (and no flash).
RT @ani_DB: #askacurator day has been my favourite day on twitter ever. wonderful to interact with underappreciated safekeepers of wisdom & perspective.
A few Europe museums are staying late:
@MNAC_museu @CVersailles @museecluny You guys are brilliant! Any challenging questions today? #askacurator
RT @CVersailles: @MarDixon @MNAC_museu @museecluny Yes ! Not that simple to find a bear in our collections ; )
18:12 #askacurator Another popular question. Glad we have next generation ready to go RT @Alli187 Any tips for those wanting to work in a museum?
18:27 RT @chasmuseum: Oldest *artifact* on exh = 1 million y.o. hand ax http://instagram.com/p/Pw-PDfASa-/ RT @explorechs: #askacurator #Charleston
RT @skhan92: How many museums in the US have Egyptian artefacts? #askacurator
RT @OhioHistory: @abeesmom Our oldest human-made object is a 13,000 yo Clovis spear point in our Archaeology exhibit’s “Masterpieces” case #askacurator BL
18:33 Bears! +1 RT @HolocaustMuseum: @bearsinmuseums We’ve discovered many bears in our collections & photo archives: http://ow.ly/dPSXu #askacurator
18:44 RT @PostalMuseum: @strip_tees #askacurator The most interesting part of the job is being able to touch stuff “behind the velvet ropes”! But we do use gloves.
Next Generation is a hot topic
RT @RiciNiSaorsa: @MarDixon @UDMuseumStudies With practical activities,making them learn info by discovering them with just little guideline
RT @Jewseum: @MarDixon Sure do! Through our Teen Art Connect internship program, and an installation highlighting teen photography CS/JG #AskaCurator
19:05 Web Trends
19:17 RT @mamont_perm: @AskaCurator @MarDixon An AskaCurator Day have mooved to America. An AskaCurator Night has begun in Europe! Thank you all #askacurator
RT @GettyMuseum: @Pralinerie Image search (Google Goggles + @TinEye) has had a huge impact – can like genius when researching unknown work #askacurator
New to Twitter?
Has anyone else signed up for Twitter just for #askacurator? I know @RenoMayCenter has (loving their tweets!)
RT @ayahyounis: @MarDixon yes @SSabanegh did too
RT @jennifuchs: @MarDixon Yes, @Picassomuseum did but they did not get many questions. #AskaCurator
19:52 #askacurator in 4 hours there have been approximately 4000 tweets. Amazing. And Thank you!
Charlotte asked Guggenheim: @Guggenheim Charlotte, DD age 10 asking: How many visitors do you get each day? How often do people ask you questions? #askacurator
RT @Guggenheim: @MarDixon Our museum gets about 1 million visitors a year. Our Gallery Guides answer questions everyday! http://bit.ly/MyRvrR
20:00 #AskaCurator Popular Questions: How to become a Curator? Oldest artifact(s)? Best exhibition you installed. No bears.
20:05 RT @celkingston: @chateaumuseebsm: @MarDixon @Alli187 “Be connected to the world !” much better advice than “get an unpaid internship.”
20:31 #AskACurator How do you determine what to dispose of from your collection?
RT @haslemeremuseum: @MarDixon #askacurator thorny ?, depends on acquisition conditions, duplication, condition etc but should always be offered to other museum
RT @SSabanegh: @MarDixon Not easy, in our case we decommission exhibits if we can’t save them. #askacurator
RT @fortyork: @MarDixon Deaccessioning is tough & usually only happens w repeat objects and objects way outside our purview. Committee decides in the end. No doubt. It’s hard to rid of artefacts, particularly those that have been donated. Plus, most cannot be sold for legal reasons!
20:32 RT @SFMOMA: Great #AskACurator advice to aspiring curators from @SFMOMA_Curator: Go see as many exhibitions at museums + galleries as you possibly can!
RT @deyoungmuseum: A1: (2 of 2) Developing basic business skills & working knowledge of social media & web is essential these days #askacurator cc: @dadalinski
20:39 RT @BuildingMuseum: Most unusual in collection? Old shoes found under the floor boards from Museum’s construction in the 1880s #askacurator http://ow.ly/dQa0b
20:46 RT @wepples: Ask a Curator Day is probably the best thing that’s ever happened to Twitter. #askacurator #Sothankful
RT @airandspace: @heydola Astronauts can take real ice cream (not freeze-dried) into space in a refrigerator these days, but no hot fudge yet. #AskACurator
20:54 @jannersdaughter: #askacurator What is the spookiest thing in your museum .???any museum please
RT @haslemeremuseum: @MarDixon @jannersdaughter #askacurator our mummy’s toes
RT @MAM_Chelsea: @MarDixon @jannersdaughter At @MilwaukeeArt there’s a super lifelike sculpture that always makes people jump: http://bit.ly/OFIIQo
RT @nature_jcp: @jannersdaughter We have a sheep tapeworm carefully wound around a glass frame inside an antique square jar @MuseumofNature
RT @LegionofHonor: @jannersdaughter Our Mummy of Irethorrou, of course! http://yfrog.com/eshyhiuoj #askacurator
RT @PeaceMuseumUK: @MarDixon @jannersdaughter kinder transport suitcase not really spooky very atmospheric and sad..
RT @arthostess: @mardixon @jannersdaughter
@askacurator Is a skull as exhibit spooky enough? But that s Vienna. Deathmasks can be bought on flea markets…
RT @arthostess: @mardixon @jannersdaughter @askacurator it s the skull of Kara Mustafa – lost the battle of 1683 for the Osman Empire against Austrian Emp.
RT @capefearmuseum: @MarDixon We have a 1920s wicker body basket from a local funeral home, used to transport corpses. That one keeps us all awake at night
RT @sjmusart: @MarDixon #askacurator Most recent strange but cool collection discovry – Moon Museum work, lmtd ed of 1st art in space
21:06 RT @MarDixon: #askacurator Curators – what have you learned from today?
RT @haslemeremuseum: @MarDixon #askacurator that the museum world is thriving with dedicated people keen to ensure museums move with the times
RT @S_Tudor: @MarDixon That there is a hunger for info re: the #collections stored in museums and this was a great way to get it out there #askacurator
RT @lapopessa: #askacurator has taught us that there are many unrecognized artists out there. Possibly for good reason.
RT @PostalMuseum: @MarDixon #askacurator A couple of things. 1, lots of people want to be curators. 2, lots of enthusiasm for museums in world.
RT @MuseumModernArt: @artfwd There’s “curating” & curating. 1 is choices, other is choices informed by scholarship. #askacurator
21:53 @philamuseum Silly question – do you have any Mummer items? (Grew up near Philly & watched Mummers every year!) #askacurator
RT @philamuseum: @MarDixon Some…interesting photos! There may be a costume or 2 not yet online – we’ll find out for you #askacurator
22:08 Silliest question received (not TODAY) RT @PostalMuseum: “Is the flight suit you have at the Postal Museum the one Amelia Earhart wore on her final flight?” Seriously, it’s been asked! #askacurator
Great, isn’t it? RT @HeidiMalagisi1: i love the fact that i am talking to museums around the world at the comfort of my home #askacurator
22:28 Strong words: RT @Frenchybutchic: Really have to go now, but I’d like to inform the public at large museums are for collections, NOT about only organizing shows #askacurator
23:30 Signing off for the night. One last graph. Please note: Tweets will be archived tomorrow.
Articles & Blogs on the web
- Ask a Curator day takes Twitter by storm
- Painting About.com
- American History Smithsonian
- Science Museum Blog
- Zapatos Rosas Blog
- Getty Museums We Answer Your Questions
- #Museums are Fun What makes object/artwork in your collection makes you laugh? @erikajoy
- Staatl Museen Berlin @smbmuseum summarised their day beautifully
- Ken Newman Ask a Curator take from Idaho
- How to #askacurator – 10 tips for museums Exactly suggestions for all museums.
(312 page pdf, available in Excel).
Interview with @euradioenglish http://tinyurl.com/bupg676
No mention of Tate and BP sponsorship despute more than 50 questions being asked in the 2 hours that Tate Curators were online? Doesn’t this merit as a ‘popular question’?
All the questions have been storified on this blog post: http://platformlondon.org/2012/09/19/tates-near-deafening-silence-on-askacurator-day/
Your response implies that we had a ‘hidden agenda’ – what was hidden about lots of people wanting to ask questions on the subject – it looked like a pretty open agenda, surely?
Sometimes omitting things from blogs like this that aim to reflect the proceedings makes as much of a political statement as including them.
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