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"Call for Artists: Click! A Crowd-Curated Exhibition"
2008-03-13 until 2008-03-31
Brooklyn Museum of Art
This open call for a photography exhibition to be curated by the public
will be installed at Brooklyn Museum. Click! A Crowd-Curated Exhibition is a photography installation that invites Brooklyn Museum’s visitors, the
online community, and the general public to participate in the exhibition process. The installation will be on view from June 27–August 10, 2008 at the Brooklyn Museum. Taking its inspiration from the critically acclaimed book The Wisdom of Crowds, in which New Yorker business
and financial columnist James Surowiecki asserts that a diverse crowd is often wiser at making decisions than expert individuals, Click! explores whether Surowiecki’s premise can be applied to the visual arts —
is a diverse crowd just as “wise” at evaluating art as the trained experts?
Click! is an exhibition in three consecutive parts. It begins with an open call—artists are asked to electronically
submit a work of photography that responds to the exhibition’s theme, “Changing Faces of Brooklyn,” along
with an artist statement. The open call is scheduled from March 1–31, 2008.
After the conclusion of the open call, an online forum opens for audience evaluation of all submissions; as
in other juried exhibitions, all works will be anonymous. As part of the evaluation, each visitor answers aseries
of questions about his/her knowledge of art and perceived expertise. The online forum will occur from April 1–
May 23, 2008.
Click! culminates in an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, where the photographs will be installed according
to their relative ranking from the juried process. Visitors will also be able to see how different groups within
the crowd evaluated the same works of art. The results will be analyzed and discussed by experts in the fields
of art, online communities, and crowd theory. The installation will be on view from June 27–August 10, 2008.
Click! A Crowd-Curated Exhibition is organized by Shelley Bernstein, Manager of Information Systems,
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