My publisher Greg Albers of Hol Art Books got me thinking about museum wall labels again recently. In Greg’s honor, I thought I would host a (drum roll, please)…
Wall Label Writing Contest!
The impetus was the announcement of a panel at next year’s College Art Association meeting called “Your Labels Make Me Feel Stupid”: Museum Labels as Art-Historical Practice.
I invite you to contribute a wall label for one or two or all of them—whatever speaks to you. Please provide a title, and write as little or as much as you feel necessary.
You can interpret as creatively or liberally as you like. Just to give a sense, I once invited friends who are not “artists” to make artworks I then put in a group show (under the title Amy Whitaker Invites Six Investment Bankers). One friend who is an excellent economist made an entirely abstract work which his other friends titled Kissinger in a Tank Top and supplied with an accompanying essay. So, run wild.
Email submissions to amy [dot] whitaker [at] gmail [dot] com by the end of Monday, May 16. I’ll post the winners—as many as I can—next week.
As a slightly different format, I am also hosting a. . .
Wall Label Mad Lib Contest!
To participate, email me (also by Monday) a list of words in each of these categories:
- Noun (subject matter, e.g., astronomy, home economics)
- Noun (optional—in a foreign language or proper noun)
- Noun (everyday object)
- Noun (Platonic idea, category)
- Noun (geographic location)
- Year (decade, e.g., YYY0’s)
- Noun (group of people, e.g., tourists, schoolchildren, etc.)
- Noun (category of sensory perception)
- Noun (field of philosophy)
- Verb (something activists do)
- Noun (person)
- Adverb (describes facial expression)
- Noun (animal)
I’ll print the Mad Lib and top responses next week too.
Please feel free to forward to friends. I look forward to hearing from you!
The CCA panel on wall labels is to be hosted by Cody Hartley of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and Kevin M. Murphy, Formerly of the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens and now of the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville Arkansas.