Sunday, October 25, 2009

New York Times on the End of the Museum Boom

Museum boom ends.

With the end of easy money, comes the end of large donations in pursuit of "the edifice complex."

Which is why I am turning my thoughts to the idea that brought me to SL in the first place: museums. Specifically the display of art and other objects, which even if they are nominally 2D, have a 4D component. We do not grasp a painting instantaneously, nor as a flat object, but instead over time, from different vantage points. Looking at objects in 3D over time produces a different effect. It is time to have a boom in innovation and renovation, rather than excavation and self-glorification.

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