Who decides what gets shown at the Chrysler Museum of Art? In this case, you do.
When the museum re-opens on May 10 after what has started to feel like an 80 year hiatus they will be featuring a People’s Gallery, of sorts, consisting of pieces from the permanent collection crowd-curated on their website. There are a number of classics to choose from, including works by Dali, Warhol, and Tiffany Glass. There is also THIS:
That’s Ocean View Roller Coaster by Eugene D. Woolridge, a Chromogenic print from 1979 that I would like to be able to see when I go to the museum. So I’m voting for it. There’s also this amazing work from Daniel Rozin. I took this video of my ex-girlfriend playing around with it when it debuted. What a joy, art.
The Chrysler isn’t alone in crowd-sourcing galleries. It was named one of the 12 Trends Defining This Season’s Art-Museum Shows by ARTnews. It’s been wonderful the last few years to watch as the museum holds onto the ‘high art’ seriousness the classic works deserve, while also making great efforts to make art more accessible, interactive, real, and relevant to the average person without a degree in art history who might otherwise have felt alienated by a ‘museum’ atmosphere.
The official name of this People’s Gallery is the new Waitzer Community Gallery. If you want to vote you can do it here. I’ll leave you with another one of my favorites from the collection, which you can, of course, vote to liberate from the vaults to get fresh air on the walls of the newly re-opened Chrysler. It’s La Dama, by res.