Essay – The looming Arms Race in the Cultural Experience Economy

Over the last ten years, there has been a substantial growth of “culture as an experience.” The movement beyond the white wall started over forty years ago with artists like Yayoi Kusama and her Infinity Rooms, light and space artists like James Turrell, the large wrapped spaces and floating islands by Jean-Claude and Christo, but also artists emerging…  [ READ MORE ]

Essay – Art, Culture, and Entrepreneurship

Recently, the New York Times published an article about how entrepreneurs are redefining what a museum is, how art can be experienced, and what a cultural moment is allowed to be. “While traditional museums are discussing closings and mergers, the for-profit industry around experiential or immersive art is investing hundreds of millions of dollars into a business…  [ READ MORE ]

Essay – Online Photography Exhibitions

If you’re a fellow photo art geek you await The Museum of Modern Art‘s bi-annual “New Photography” show with great excitement. We all read John Szarkowski’s Looking at Photographs in art school, and he launched this exhibition program over forty years ago. The MoMA’s regular show made him to photography what John Peel’s Sessions were to music. Not every inclusion…  [ READ MORE ]