Thursday, January 29, 2009

Rosenbaum on Comforti

In early June, when Michael Conforti became president of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), no one could have anticipated the challenges that he and his colleagues would face just a few months into his two-year term.
Read Lee Rosenbaum on the WSJ here.


The creator of an inflatable artwork ignored safety concerns and blocked its evacuation shortly before the walk-in structure broke free of its moorings and soared into the sky with catastrophic consequences, a court heard today.

Two women fell to their deaths and others were injured when the giant PVC sculpture, hit by a gust of wind, became airborne as members of the public relaxed on a hot summer’s afternoon at a popular park in Chester-le-Street, County Durham.

Maurice Agis, the 77-year-old artist who designed and supervised the multi-coloured Dreamspace installation, is accused of manslaughter by gross negligence over an alleged litany of safety failings.
Read the article by Andrew Norfolk in the Times here.

Free Podcast Tonight and Tomorrow Night

I'm going to be doing a couple of free radio podcasts tonight and tomorrow night at 7PM talking about some of the issues from the Artists' Boot Camp Webminars and answering questions. Click on the image below for details and to sign up for these two free webminars.

Click here for details

Jury Duty

I'm jurying and curating nearly a dozen shows this year, but I wanted to let you know about this very special one that I will be jurying for The Fine Arts League of Cary in North Carolina.

Deadline is March 27, 2009 (postmark).

The Fine Arts League of Cary is seeking entries for its 15th Annual Juried Art Exhibition to be held from May 8th to June 27th, 2009 in Cary/Raleigh, NC. Show awards and purchase awards will total over $5,000. Entries can only be mailed via CD. The postmark deadline for the mail-in registration is March 27, 2009.

Full details and a printable prospectus are available
on the web at or call Kathryn Cook at 919-345-0681.

Show Highlights:

Location - Cary/Raleigh, NC
Awards and Purchase Awards total over $5000
Mail-in Registration (Digital images on CD) - Deadline: March 27 Postmark
Notification of accepted work: April 13
Receiving of shipped accepted work: April 27 - May 1
Receiving of delivered accepted work: Sunday May 3
Receiving of delivered accepted work: Monday May 4
Opening Reception and Awards - Friday May 8
Show ends: June 27
Pick up work: Sunday June 28
Pick up work: Monday June 29
Shipped work returned: June 29

Wanna go drawing tonight in Vienna, VA?

The Soundry's figure drawing open studio with a live model is tonight from 8pm-11pm. To register and ensure your spot, please call The Soundry at 703-698-0088. Cost for non-members is $15. They will have a large table or two in the room and a few drawing boards but feel free to bring your own easel if you prefer.

Also, absolutely no cell phones, cameras, or any recording devices allowed in the studio. Must be 18 years or older to attend.

The Soundry
316 Dominion Rd
Vienna, VA 22180