Those two weeks [after the announcement] I was scrambling, trying to find a job, and it’s not easy to find a job, not easy to find a job in the summer, not easy to find a job you want. But I was taking all these meetings. And then suddenly the day came when the note was going to go out to staff, and I knew as soon as it goes—today in a public institution, a memo that’s written to staff ends up in the press automatically. When I was at Columbia, I used to write every note to my students as if it was being cc’d to Gawker because it often was, and Columbia Journalism School had its own category in Gawker. So I knew that would happen [and] I wanted to make sure that I also shared it. And, in fact, by the time I forwarded the note that was written internally, it had already been published in [arts journalist] Judy Dobrzynski’s blog about culture in the city. So it was pretty funny. … [Read more...] about How This Exec Used Social Media To Turn His Layoff Into A Career Reboot
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And yet, while well-established institutions noticed him, Polan’s own work philosophy remained couched in his role as a chronicler of the world around him. “I draw in Subway stations and museums and restaurants and on street corners. I try not to be in the way when I am drawing or be too noticeable,” Polan wrote of his Every Person in New York project. He ended the description of the rather insurmountable project by writing, “When the project is completed we will all have a get together.” In some sense, Polan had already done that: in his effort to capture every object in MoMa, every person in New York, and everything in between equally—in his effort to capture everything, he captured the humanity in each of us. … [Read more...] about Remembering Jason Polan, the artist who drew every person in New York
On February 10, storied contemporary art gallery Gagosian, known for being one of the first to exhibit work by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Eric Fischl, among others, will launch an online viewing room in anticipation of the Frieze Art Fair, in Los Angeles. The virtual gallery will display works by Chris Burden, Albert Oehlen, Ed Ruscha, Tatiana Trouvé, and Jonas Wood, as well as a collaboration between Alex Israel and Bret Easton Ellis, and others, alongside informational text and videos. Gallery directors and specialists will also be available with chat with clients about the pieces 24/7. … [Read more...] about How Gagosian grew digital sales 350% with one great idea
One of Woltz’s recently completed projects was turning a pocket-size field in Brooklyn’s Navy Yard complex into the Naval Cemetery Landscape. Because the site is a former potter’s grave (the Navy has since exhumed most of the bodies), the designers couldn’t dig into the earth. Instead, they built a raised wooden path that meanders through a field of native tall grasses and wildflowers—a natural habitat for insects and birds and a nod to the area’s rural past. “It’s a pollinator of information as well as plant materials,” says Milton Puryear, cofounder of the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, which commissioned the park. … [Read more...] about Landscape Architect Thomas Woltz Is Coming To A Park Near You
GoPro is also developing a variety of short-form narrative shows on its YouTube channel, some of them only available on a subscription basis. Sitting at the nexus of social media and high-resolution video has meant that GoPro was, from the start, an entertainment brand as well as a consumer electronics manufacturer, and the company continues to use this to its advantage. (Perhaps only Red Bull has been as successful at marketing itself through creating and distributing action-sports footage.) The GoPro Awards program, which flows free product and massive publicity to amateur GoPro users, has been a successful adjunct to sponsoring athletes, who typically create the best and most-watched videos. Now the company is looking to do even more, by partnering with the likes of soccer team Real Madrid and Moto GP superstar Valentino Rossi and developing original programming set to debut the end of 2017. “We drive revenue in a number of ways,” says Ocean MacAdams, vice president of … [Read more...] about Can GoPro Rise Again?