Thursday, November 16, 2000

Museums gathered in a Gallery

  ,, and were well represented
            by illustrious figures and moderated by Actually, it
            was the (e) fusion: art + the alley connect panel series on Museums in
            the New Millennium. NYNMA and Thundergulch, in association with Location
            One, brought together the Whitney's Maxwell Anderson, the American Museum
            of the Moving Image's Carl Goodman, the Guggenheim's Jon Ippolito and the
            Museum of Modern Art's Astrida Valigorsky to discuss art, installations
            and the future of all these heady topics on Thursday night. Standing in
            the spacious, cool, white, loft gallery of Location One, Unified Field's
            Eli Kuslansky moderated the witty, intellectual discussion. In response
            to questions, Ippolito stated that he would buy art on a CD, citing
            Jeremy Blake's works (on DVD) as an example. There was discussion about
            how the Internet has changed art and the way people view it - from public
            art-public space (ex. the Pyramids) and art in churches to capitalism's
            push to make art available to the general public. Finally, we're now at
            the point where the Internet has made it possible to view art globally.
            This is one medium where artists have been experimenting since the
            beginning. Video and television artists came to the Internet much later,
            but artists have been creating and experimenting with art on the Internet
            since its very early days. A final question was posed: "How do you
            collect art on the Internet?" While the question hung in the air, I
            thought: bookmarks. Or if each "piece" has its own domain, you could buy
            the domain name and the entire site. Hmmm. A whole new meaning for "ghost