New possibilities for supporting teaching and digital curation

Exhibitor Briefing
Matthew Israel, Artsy, USA

This paper will discuss how Artsy is exploring new possibilities for supporting teaching and digital curation through the discussion of two recent educational initiatives—Teaching Art with Artsy and the Emerging Curator Competition. Teaching Art with Artsy directly illustrates how high school teachers can use Artsy’s tools for lesson planning and classroom instruction. It focuses on connecting Artsy’s features and content with the NYC DOE’s Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Visual Arts' 12th Grade Benchmarks. The Competition asked students around the world to submit exhibition proposals informed by works provided by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, SFMOMA’s Rauschenberg Research Project, and Artsy’s 300+ museum and institutional partners. Hosting the project on Artsy provided new digital curation tools; allowed students to research and explore connections between artists and movements via The Art Genome Project; and utilized our blogging feature to illustrate proposals with images from the Artsy Library. After the esteemed jury (John Elderfield, Branden Joseph, Shirin Neshat, Christopher Rauschenberg, and Sarah Roberts) selected three finalists, we invited the public to vote for a winner via social media. The prize was an opportunity to mount a Rauschenberg exhibition at one’s academic institution, which reinforces our belief that digital media is a tool to facilitate inquiry and discovery, engage new audiences, and make art and scholarship relevant to the digitally savvy, next generation.