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Staff Recommendation – A Short Life of Trouble: Forty Years in the New York Art World

“Institutional thinking tells us to look very, very carefully before leaping—and such thinking virtually guarantees that we’ll never leap at all. As an antidote to this, my motto has been “Act first, think later – that way you might have something to think about.” (174)

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In 1969, the Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City hired Marcia Tucker, as their first ever woman curator. Shortly after organizing an exhibition for the post-minimalist artist Richard Tuttle, the Whitney decided to terminate her after receiving dissatisfied reviews regarding the show’s conceptually perplexing style. A Short Life of Trouble: Forty Years in the New York City Art World, edited by Liza Lou, focuses on Marcia Tucker’s persistent desire to challenge the traditional norms and role of the institution through her radical approach to exhibition-making. Her memoir is adorned with personal details of the curator’s private life while simultaneously providing an insightful perspective behind Marcia Tucker’s decision to open the New Museum of Contemporary Art shortly after being fired from the Whitney.

Recommended for any individual interested in curatorial practices, museum and institutional policies, or to simply learn more about the founder of the New Museum, and her relentless desire to push the boundaries of the New York City art world.

Nichole Seedes, Greenfield Library Circulation Assistant 

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Digital Resource of the Week: Smarthistory

detail of cave painting at Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc
detail of cave painting at Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc

Smarthistory is an open-access, multi-media alternative to the traditional art history textbook. As one of the best 50 websites of 2011, you’ll want to bookmark it and refer to it often in your art history classes.

How does Smarthistory work? Search the world of art history by time period, artistic style, or specific artist. The articles are written by art historians and accompanied by great images of the artwork, videos, and links to additional, related resources. Besides overviews of historical eras, you’ll find in-depth material on things like Stonehenge, the Rosetta Stone, the artist Donatello, and the Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini,  Ecstasy of St. Theresa, 1647-52 (Cornaro Chapel, Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome)
Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Ecstasy of St. Theresa, 1647-52 (Cornaro Chapel, Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome)

Each day more images, multimedia, and articles are being added to the website as art historians around the world share their expertise. Smarthistory will not only help you study, you’ll have fun doing so!

Joseph Beuys, Fat Chair, 1964-1985 (Tate Modern)
Joseph Beuys, Fat Chair, 1964-1985 (Tate Modern)