Interesting new website for art/artist videos launched by the Indianapolis Museum of Art

An article in the New York Times recently introduced a new web resource for art focused media. Artbabble will feature such hard to find material as artist interviews and short profiles of curators and art handlers. This could be a great way for artists to get a behind-the-scenes sense of how arts institutions function. The website opens with links to videos featuring Brice Marden, Maya Lin, and a preview of the 5th Art:21 season.

Here is an excerpt from the article written by Kate Taylor (3/6/2009):

"In the last few years, as museums have tried to take advantage of the Internet to connect with young audiences, they have produced an increasing number of online videos, from artist interviews and time-lapse shots of exhibition installations to short profiles of curators, art handlers, and even museum guards. Most institutions feature these videos on their own Web sites, as well as uploading them to sites like YouTube or blip.tv. But until now, there has been no dedicated place on the Web for art videos...
Maxwell Anderson, the museum's director, said the goal behind ArtBabble, and the museum’s own video production, is to allow visitors to 'experience the life of museums,' whether through employee profiles, studio visits with artists or videos of conservators restoring objects. The advantage of making the new video site a collaborative one was obvious, he said: 'The strength and potency of this as a shared site is much greater than one museum at a time'.”

Here is a link to the NYT article: www.nytimes.com/2009/04/07/arts/design/07babb.html

Check out Artbabble: www.artbabble.org

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