Update: Additional Blogosphere Buzz
SFist: . . . wishing this were a real museum
mr poopypants: with comments from xensen, the AAMSF’s Director of Publications, Thomas Christensen.
ARTicles, blog of the National Arts Journalism Program: Where Asian Still Means Oriental
SFMike’s Civic Center: Samurai Semiotics
Asian Art Library: commentary from LSU’s School of Art
Yosha’s Crying Wall: The Lost Samurai
Arts Journal’s Real Clear Arts: What should the museum do?
Dig Dug: So what are museums’ obligations and responsibilities to the public, especially institutions that receive city funds? . . . If museums market exhibitions to people using stereotyped fantasies, aren’t they slowly but surely reinforcing stereotypes?
Examiner.com’s Friday Fishwrap: includes a comment by a Charles Hisashiburi
The Marmot’s Hole: And the Point is? (sent lots of web traffic from So. Korea)
Artemisia: a Museum volunteer—“Orientalism lives!”
Al’s Art Log: “It’s also a lesson for any arts organization to not let their marketing departments run away with their sales pitches, to make sure that the content presented is not undermined by the process of getting bodies in the door.“
Note: In a disingenuous PR ruse, the Asian Art Museum attempted to co-opt online discussion with it’s own blog page on the subject which sadly disrespects the source of the debate by refusing to provide a link to our website, and is fundamentally based on the lie that we “cannot be contacted directly”, contrary to the obvious fact that our contact info appears in numerous places on the asiansart.org site as well as this blog. If there were any doubt as to their dubious tactics, they also refused pingbacks from other bloggers who recognize the value of the discourse being generated.
Are they not interested in being part of an open, mutually respectful dialogue—one that’s not controlled by their moderators, dominated by their staff contributors, to serve only their audience? Based on their apparent role in the suppression of public dialogue at the de Young Museum, the answer seems very clear.