MIDEA Posts by Holly Witchey

Growing the Endowment

Growing the Endowment

I just sent a variant of this post off to many of my graduate students but I wanted to reach a somewhat wider audience. Yesterday Randolph College announced that finally (after 6 years) it has sold George Bellow’s “Men at the Docks” for 25 million plus dollars.  The money is headed for the college endowment.  […]

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“Digitally” Engaged (with Oxen & Mirrors)

"Digitally" Engaged (with Oxen & Mirrors)

A couple of months ago someone (or more likely someone posting) drew my attend to The Digital Engagement Framework.  Always looking for tools that help museums do what they do more effectively and more efficiently, it has–as a side effect–helped me think about my own work differently. I post to MIDEA less frequently than I […]

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The Doctor Who Anomaly

The Doctor Who Anomaly

Apologies for being AWOB (Absent WithOut Blogging) for an extended period.  Many are my excuses but when it comes right down to it the main reason for my time out has been a recent obsession. “Hi, My Name is Holly, and I have a problem. (Hi Holly)  I’m addicted to Doctor Who.” It’s not what […]

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Lovely, Lovely Complexities

Lovely, Lovely Complexities

Photograph Courtesy of Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland Ohio   The complexity of things – the things within things – just seems to be endless. –Alice Munro There is a magazine called Real Simple: Life Made Easy (http://www.realsimple.com/).  Perhaps you know it?  This month’s online version offers you items like Step into and out of […]

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Horizon on the Horizon: Still in the Forest

Horizon on the Horizon: Still in the Forest

By the sacred grove, where the waters flow We will come and go, in the forest –“In the Forest,” Van Morrison Okay, okay…maybe the work for the 2013 Horizon Report>Museum Edition does not take place in a sacred grove. And the only waters flowing here are endless glasses of water trying to stay cool in […]

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“Episode IV: A New Hope”

"Episode IV: A New Hope"

(Note: Opening melodramaticization is intentional) A few days ago I found myself feeling a little like Luke Skywalker who upon return to his Uncle Owen’s and Aunt Beru’s on Tatooine found the place in shambles–his family and home destroyed by Imperial Stormtroopers. Why? I was having a phone conversation with a new friend, a curator. […]

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Goldilocks is all grown up

Goldilocks is all grown up

A Parable for Academic Art Historians, Museums, and Higher-Ed Goldilocks is all grown up. She’s moved past the traumatic events that occurred in the house of the Three Bears. She’s not interested in the possessions of others anymore; she is interested in taking possession of life. Today Goldilocks is intelligent, conscientious, committed to the field […]

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Diogenes’ Lamp

Diogenes’ Lamp

Searching for a way to teach and communicate traditional art history in the digital world This blog is about fear, regret, longing, and satisfaction. It is written in the hope that it may help others better understand colleagues who are hesitant about embracing new technologies.  This is a narrative about my reluctance to embrace commonplace […]

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Horizon Report>2012 Museum Edition

Horizon Report>2012 Museum Edition

Hot off the “press” the Horizon Report>2012 Museum Edition is available today.  There is a terrific little 3 minute video–for friends and colleagues who prefer a quick video introduction to the information)–and the press relief.  You can download a pdf of the full report. Had great crowd at the MIDEA Connect webinar launching the report […]

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My half hour

My half hour

There has been little in the way of “me” time at my house in the past few months.  Since December, however, I have been grabbing a quiet half hour–usually either in the very early morning or late in the evening–for a half hour of online activities.   I split my time between Luminosity (http://www.lumosity.com/app/v4/games) and Duolingo […]

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I’ll Tell You What I Want, What I Really, Really Want: Super-Rich Online Repositories

I'll Tell You What I Want, What I Really, Really Want:  Super-Rich Online Repositories

    The hardy folk who make up the Advisory Board of the Horizon Report>Museum Edition are i the process of finalizing the shortlist for 2012.  The report itself will be published in December (just in time for the holidays). As with any process where one begins with a big list and has to narrow […]

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Randall Wade & Worthy McClintock

Randall Wade & Worthy McClintock

    Labor Day Weekend 2012.  September 1 at 2pm exactly I finished transcribing Volume II of Randall Wade’s travel journals from 1870-1871.  This is a labor of love accomplished during my spare time over the past two years, and in spare time for the foreseeable future.  There is still one more volume to transcribe. […]

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Summer….come back…I’m not ready….

Summer....come back...I'm not ready....

  With my son in Ravenna, Italy walking towards Dante’s tomb early summer 2012   “Rodents!”  That’s what Simon Brett’s dimwitted character Blotto says when he’s upset about something.  And Rodents! exactly captures how I feel this afternoon.  Tomorrow my teaching duties begin at CWRU, and a week later it’s time to gear up for […]

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The “Race” of Life

The "Race" of Life

  [Latin curriculum vtae, the race of life : curriculum, course + vtae, genitive of vta, life.] Last week, Monday July 2nd to be exact, I retired my curriculum vitae (c.v.); it was holding me back.  Tying me to a specific course when I want to be something different.   In the “the race of life” […]

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How Fiction Saved My Museum Mojo

How Fiction Saved My Museum Mojo

  I do some of my best cogitatin’  sitting on my side porch, early in the morning, with a cup of coffee.   And this morning, in fact for much of the past month, I’ve been pondering how best to use my time to surface opportunities for museums in the area of ancillary activities.  Now, my […]

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Consilioque manuque (Scholarship and Dexterity)

Consilioque manuque (Scholarship and Dexterity)

It’s June 1 and, unfortunately, my 2012 Summer Vacation is already a thing of the past.   This year’s two week hiatus from most work was a “Busman’s Holiday” of sorts.  My only son has declared his intent to become an art historian and so instead of dragging a reluctant teenager to museums and historic sites, […]

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A voice from the past at the Minnesota History Center

A voice from the past at the Minnesota History Center

Gratia Countryman (1866-1953) I wear many hats in my professional life–museum professional, museum studies instructor, art historian, archival researcher, social historian.  When something happens and they all come together it has all the makings of a great day.   I’m currently in Minneapolis at the 2012 American Association of Museum’s conference to represent MIDEA in a […]

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Amy’s Banana & Joseph’s Harp – The Magic of Art

Amy's Banana & Joseph's Harp - The Magic of Art

                  I’m one of those art historians who talks about art but cannot really create anything.  That’s why art–almost any kind of art—is magic to me.   So it was with something akin to reverence that I watched my NMC colleague Amy Parker draw the banana above using […]

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Getty’s Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI)

Getty's Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI)

Not so very long ago, in 2008, the folks at the Getty Foundation launched an initiative aimed at helping museums explore the brave new world of what it means to publish scholarly catalogues online.   Nine museums, with diverse collections, were invited to join the Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI) : Art Institute of Chicago Freer […]

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Making the “Gradient”

Making the "Gradient"

A Stop to Smell the Roses in Assisi Each year, about this time, or a little earlier, Admin Superhero (and fellow MIDEA blogger) Nik Honeysett does a cover letter and resume review for the first year students in my museum studies course.   This is an important part of the curriculum for me, and for them, […]

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Pathways are not destinations….

 Pathways are not destinations....

…but we still need them to get where we want to be. You’re the top! you’re the Collosseum, You’re the top! you’re the Louvre Museum, You’re the melody from a symphony by Strauss, You’re a Bendel bonnet, A Shakespeare Sonnet, You’re Mickey Mouse! –Lyrics to Cole Porter’s “You’re the Top,” from Anything Goes (1934)   […]

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If there is no wind, row!

If there is no wind, row!

Si ventus non est, remiga–Latin Proverb I’d like to end the year on an inspirational note, and so, the Latin quote, which roughly translated means “If there is no wind, row!”  I’m lucky enough to be able to remember a time at museums when there was actually more than enough money to go around and […]

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More on the 2011 Horizon Report>Museum Edition

More on the 2011 Horizon Report>Museum Edition

  Howdy all, Now that the Thanksgiving Holidays are ’bout over here in the U.S. and I can step away from the stove and step over to the keyboard, I’d like to claim a little of your attention for the 2011 Horizon Report>Museum Edition. The report launched at MCN 2011 in Atlanta in a well-attended […]

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2011 Horizon Report>Museum Edition

2011 Horizon Report>Museum Edition

T-minus 1 hour and counting until the 2011 Horizon Report>Museum Edition is officially launched at the annual Museum Computer Network Conference (MCN) here in Atlanta Georgia.  I find  myself occasionally looking up and glancing out the window of my room on the fifteenth floor of the hotel.- The sky is a perfect robin’s egg blue […]

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