links for 2009-08-13   08.13.09

Life, Art and Chickens, Afloat in the Harbor (
"For the last two months artists have been floating around New York City on the Waterpod, a 3,000-square-foot experiment in community living and artistry. Founded by Mary Mattingly, whose medium is mainly photography, it was envisioned as a self-sustaining living space, an eco- and art-friendly sphere that could be recreated in the future, when land resources might be scarce."

America is changing"but are its art museums? (The Art Newspaper)
"You do not have to look at major US art museums for long to realise that most of the senior management is white, unlike staff at comparable levels in corporations, universities and government offices. When is this going to change? Those leading efforts to diversify museums say the economic reality of who pays to support institutions has not evolved sufficiently to require any lasting push for change. But American demographics are shifting swiftly. US minority groups will become the majority in a few decades. And art museums will have to diversify to survive."
(tags: museum race arts.leadership)

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Links

links for 2009-08-12   08.12.09

ReBurbia: Top Twenty Finalists
"What would a McMansion become if it werent a single-family dwelling? How could a vacant big box store be retrofitted for agriculture? What sort of design solutions can you come up with to facilitate car-free mobility, burb-grown food, and local, renewable energy generation?"

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Links

links for 2009-08-11   08.11.09

Fragile art takes a hit in an interactive world (
"Why is this a surprise to anybody?" said Harriet F. Senie, an art history professor at City College in New York and the author of several books on public art. "The first thing people do with public art is they climb on it."

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Links

links for 2009-08-10   08.10.09

Room service: Berlin hotel tells artists to pay for stay with artwork, not cash (The Guardian)
"A five-star hotel in Berlin has opened its doors to cash-strapped artists, asking them to pay for bed and board not with money but with a work of art. The offer from the Hotel Marienbad in Auguststrasse is open to painters, sculptors or conceptual artists willing to "subject the hotel to permanent change" with their efforts."

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Links

SPACES is not located in New York city   08.10.09

When you walk into SPACES gallery you are not immediately met with a silent hush and if youre lucky, a haughty glance from the receptionist. The door isnt as tall as a house or as heavy as one nor is it made out of solid frosted glass. Upon entering SPACES you are met with the glow of natural light and, if its hot out, the warm rush of un-conditioned air. The natural wood floor will creak in an effort to immediately welcome you in.

Those creaks from the floor will mix with the various personal soundtracks playing at the staffs computers. Who knows, you might even be invited to participate in one of our spontaneous dance parties (weve been known to bust out to Beyonce). We may be Midwest but we know how to shake it down.

And yes, we have a bathroom (straight ahead and to your left). And yes, you may use it. But we also know interesting facts about the art installed and the artists who installed it (these elephants were delivered to us in boxes 2 hours before the exhibition opened). We may all wear trendy thick plastic glasses but were approachable (and smart) and happy to talk.

So next time youre in Cleveland or read a story on our blog take a second to introduce yourself. We're here for you and we want to know what you think. Because were located in Ohio, "The heart of it all, and SPACES takes heart seriously.

Contributed by: Susan Vincent, SPACELab Manager and front desk sitter

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

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