As I detailed in my last post, I planned a virtual vacation for the month of April, with a themed online activity planned for 25 of the 30 days. (I left Thursdays out since I was initially slated to go into the office every Thursday, but that changed and I ended up only working in the office the first Thursday. I’m now teleworking full-time.) This virtual vacation primarily involved visiting museums online, but also included other cultural offerings as well as reading up on how the museum world is affected by, and responding to, the pandemic.
I started out treating the endeavor as a regular vacation in the sense that I actually took photos and screenshots of the virtual visits, just as I would take pictures while sightseeing on a real trip. It wasn’t until Day 26 that it occurred to me that, rather than try to keep track of the virtual museums by photographing my computer screen, it would have made more sense to keep a list of links to the sites I perused.
Here, I’ll try to reconstruct a list of the “places” I “visited”:
National Book Festival 2019, Washington, DC – panel in which Valeria Luiselli and R.O. Kwon are interviewed by Aminatta Forna. (I had just finished reading Luiselli’s Lost Children Archive)
Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California
Irish Museum of Modern Art to be used as mortuary to cope with coronavirus pandemic (The Art Newspaper article); Museums scramble to document the pandemic, even as it unfolds (Art Daily article); MoMA Terminates All Museum Educator Contracts (Hyperallergic article); Museum as space of opportunity, creativity & care: A perspective from Spain (Art Museum Teaching post)
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, California
National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC; Facebook page
Old Korean Legation, Washington, DC
Pass the Song, Pass the Hat virtual concert recorded in various places including Northampton, Massachusetts
Why Is Washing Your Hands So Important, Anyway? (article in Smithsonian Magazine)
The 8 Essential Things Museums are Providing Right Now (Museum Computer Network article) and In Substantial Shift, Museum Industry Group Pushes Directors to Break the Rules to Survive (Art News article)
Museo Larco, Lima, Peru
Kyoto Costume Institute, Kyoto, Japan
Prince George’s African American History Museum & Cultural Center, North Brentwood, Maryland; Facebook page