On Wednesday March 25, New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art launched The Artist Project, a long awaited web series featuring 100 Artists and works of art that spark their imaginations. Many would expect such a project from one of the cities great "contemporary" museums. However the Met, one of New York City's great historical art museums, strives for the youthful contemporary efforts of a strong Internet presence and social media participation-- The Artist Project is a perfect example of it's web efforts. Now the public has the ability to connect with today's most relevant contemporary artists via the artist's own fascination in a particular traditional historical work. The Artist Project is a very savvy way of bridging the old with the new, of delving further into the minds of artists*** we love and the museum's fine works.
Apparently, this a very exciting time for the museum. On the evening of the launch, the Met's Director and CEO Thomas P. Campbell introduced the series citing that it is "the museum's goal to populate the Internet." Also addressing the crowd was the Series Director Christopher Noey further explained the nuances of the project and a bit about the participating artists, before a short film was shown. Attendees were introduced to three of 20 of Season one's artists. Kehinde Wilde, Lisa Yuskavage, and Nina Katchadourian were introduced along with their chosen inspirations from the Met.
After wards attendees enjoyed cocktails ad well the opportunity to view the short. Films of each of the remaining artists not shown in the demonstration were accessible via small stations with laptops and headphones where the web series could be seen, artist by artist in its entirety.
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***Seasons One's participating artists include: Cory Arcangel, John Baldassari, Nayland Blake, Nick Cave, Enrique Chagoya, George Condo, Walton Ford, Natalie Frank, Zarina Hashmi, Deborah Kass, Nina Katchadourian, Nicola Lopez, Alexander Melamid, Izhar Patkin, Tom Sachs, Katrin Sigurdardottir, Mickalene Thomas, Kehnide Wiley, Xu Bing, Lisa Yuskavage
*photos courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art