Luke Syson on changing jobs and genres

January 17 2014

Video: TED

Good talk by Luke Syson this. Says the blurb:

Luke Syson was a curator of Renaissance art, of transcendent paintings of saints and solemn Italian ladies -- serious art. And then he changed jobs, and inherited the Met's collection of ceramics -- pretty, frilly, "useless" candlesticks and vases. He didn't like it. He didn't get it. Until one day … (Filmed at TEDxMet.)

Can you imagine UK museums putting on talks like this? When it comes to new media, we have a long way to go to catch up with institutions like the Met. Also, note how wonderfully free from guff Syson's talk is. 

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