Lately, I’ve been exploring podcasts published by art museums. I’ve probably looked at a couple of dozen podcasts from American and European museums. The quality of these podcasts vary enormously, and I’ll write more later. But for now, I just wanted to point out one type of podcast that caught my attention.
One of the most interesting sub-categories of museum podcasts is the time lapse installation view — these podcasts compress hours or weeks of art installation set-up time to about 30 seconds or one minute. A lot of museum podcasts are simply reprises of content that originally appeared elsewhere, either live or recorded (gallery docent tours, panel discussions, recorded audio tours, etc.), but these time lapse views are a bit different. Here are some examples:
- New York Museum of Modern Art: Installation of Richard Serra’s Torqued Elipse IV at MOMA Sculpture Garden
- National Gallery of Art: Mel Bochner Theory of Boundaries installation
- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: installation of Ann Hamilton’s “indigo blue”
I couldn’t link directly to these podcasts, but you can find them by searching the respective web sites.