The Blessings Of Quarantine

Art gal friends at the opening of Homeward Bound. Suzanna Fields, Susan Jamison, Fiona Ross and me. (Left to Right)

In these strange times, one of the wonderful things that have come about is reconnecting with colleagues: other museum leaders, curators, artists and creatives. Albeit on Zoom, FaceTime or Whats app, I realize that during normal circumstances, being so busy with the day to day has limited my interactions. This time quarantined away, has allowed the blessings of friendship to re-bloom (virtually). My goal once we can move about a bit more freely is to make sure to strengthen those bonds even more- in person (with social distancing and a cool face mask). (Image pictured left to right: Suzanna Fields, Susan Jamison, Fiona Ross and me at the Homeward Bound exhibition opening.)

The Last Art Fair

The Last Art Fair

This time two months ago, I was at the Armory Art Fair in NYC. I can’t believe how much can change in just two months. Thinking back on my time there, it was strange. Realization had just hit that the virus was a real thing and we were all in trouble. My friends and professional colleagues and I didn’t know how to greet each other. Do we hug…shake hands or high five? Awkward. I have never seen NYC so quiet and empty. The art fairs did not have that frantic, pulsing energy that I am so used to experiencing. Sometimes you think back on certain moments and don’t realize at the time just how important they are. I wonder if art fairs will exist anymore or when they will return. Is that a bad thing or a good thing, I wonder? Due to Covid 19, the art world and its fairs are changing in a big way and that may not be a bad thing. Big business has gotten in the way of supporting artists, it was more about the spectacle and less about the work. I, for one, am intrigued how the art fairs will transform and hopeful an artist focus will be put first.

Image credit: Jeffrey Gibson, “Power Full, Because We Are Different,” 2020. Courtesy of the Artist and Roberts Projects, LA

I miss museums and I bet you do too…. so lets make a virtual one!

My dear quarantine comrades, I miss going to museums and I am sure that you do too. Museums are my home, my stress relief, and my inspiration. Museums even have a certain smell that I miss…. emanating from their magical mix of perfect of humidity and temperature. So I decided to create a virtual museum for everyone to share what they collect and love. That way we can build our own collective museum while also learning about each other’s particular collecting habits.

So please join me on facebook on Museums From Home and share your collection!