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March 03, 2009

Brooklyn Museum and the Crowd as Curator


If you haven't already heard of the Brooklyn Museum's Click! exhibition, you might want to check the website out. The show sprung from the ideas around the intelligence of large groups laid out by the book, The Wisdom of Crowds. The Brooklyn Museum allowed users to log in and vote on images one time and without knowing how others were voting. Based on the results, the museum printed the images to mirror its popularity with the online users. On the results page you can see the images and graphical data on how votes were cast based on location and expertise. Reviews of the show are definitely mixed, but whether you agree with the crowd's selection, what remains regardless of are important questions about how we digest art in the 21st century, the differences between curatorial expertise and the average person, and where the failures of current curatorial practices might be.

Listen to a discussion of the exhibition below:

Image above: screen shot of the virtual tour of the Click! Exhibition available of the Brooklyn Museum's website

Posted by hthrlowe at March 3, 2009 05:37 PM

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