In Boston, the Institute of Contemporary Art was one of the few museums with a blog (no longer active). For over a year, the blog was “under construction” until it was ultimately given the boot (though the blog is currently listed at the bottom of their website). This is very unfortunate considering the many opportunities the ICA had to show their readers the inner workings of a contemporary art museum in Boston as well as ignite a dialogue about contemporary art in our society. Currently, the only art museum in the immediate Boston-area that is actively blogging is the Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge. The museum has been blogging for some time now and although the galleries are currently closed while they conduct the ﬁnal phases of their renovation and expansion project by Renzo Piano, their blog is continually being updated with fresh posts. I suspect that once the renovation and expansion is completed, blogging will play a major role in the museum’s educational outreach program, as it should.
Other New England area art museums blogging include the Currier Museum, in Manchester, NH, which runs The Secret Life of Art(though an indication of their blog cannot be found on their website unless a search is conducted and the blog itself hasn’t been updated since April 2013) and the always great MassMoCA which has had an interesting blog for a while now. The Worcester History Museum publishes a really nice blog that I am now following and from what I’ve seen so far, historical societies and smaller history museums should consider paying attention to WHM’s website and blog.
Below is an incomplete list of New England-area museum blogs. If your museum is currently blogging and is not listed here, drop us a line on twitter @BigRedandShiny or leave a comment here:
Connecticut Historical Society
Florence Griswold Museum
New Britain Museum of American Art
Farnsworth Art Museum
Amherst College, Mead Art Museum’s Mead Musings,
American Textile History Museum
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Harvard Art Museums
Peabody Essex Museum’s Connected
Smith College, Museum of Art’s Paper & People
Worcester Historical Museum
Currier Museum of Art’s The Secret Life of Art