An interesting piece in The Art Newspaper on art museums’ recalcitrance – as a field – in embracing all things digital. This reluctance is ascribed in part to museums’ inherent conservatism and object-oriented practice. Not a Cassandra, the author’s tone is hopeful and catalogs progress made by several museums and commercial galleries.
Museums have a long history of exercising total command over their content. That’s over. “Museums in the future will still be reliable sources of information, and a curator will continue to be the authority on a particular work of art,” says Rob Stein, chief information officer of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. “But we won’t control the information channels.”