Confession. I’m not a blog reader. I’m not sure why. I think part of it is that there’s so much out there, and I’m just not interested in a lot of it. Makes me think about when you’re at one of those stores that has tons of clothes for way cheaper than a department store, but you have to sort through lots and lots of things that you’re not interested in, even some crap, to find that perfect piece. And you have to actually take it off of the rack and hold it away from all of the other crap to truly see it. Well, blogs are kind of like that for me. When I search by tag, or category, or google, I can’t wade through it all. A blog that might actually speak to me is lost amongst all of the rest. When someone sends me a link, or I’m at a site that recommends a blog that I can go right to, great. It’s now off the rack and I can actually look at it. I have a sorting problem. Or maybe it’s just a patience problem. Maybe I should get help.
So yesterday this non-blog-reader is looking through blogs, trying to find some that create a spark, and it occurred to me to look at some art museum blogs. Well guess what? Most art museums don’t have blogs. Missed opportunity #355, as far as I’m concerned. I looked at about ten museum websites, and only found one blog, at the Chicago Art Institute. After some more digging, I found more, but a lot of them are basically a venue for event and exhibit announcements, so I’m not sure what the point is. My favorite so far is the first one that I found, from The Chicago Art Institute. Their blog is written by more than one person (hooray!) and has a regular feature where museum staff (non-curatorial staff, like from IT and marketing) pick a favorite artwork and talk about it for 30 seconds to a minute in a video. I kind of love that. There’s also a post by a summer intern on what it’s like to be a summer intern and one about taking a Picasso painting to the art conservation lab. And a post from last July is called, “Last Chance for Renaissance Porn.” Nice!
I’ll find some blogs to follow. It’ll be good for me. And I’ll put them in a sidebar or something here so you can take a look, too. Suggestions would be appreciated. Is it obnoxious to say that I’d prefer to read a book, though?