Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Help the High decide what art to buy

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Curators are such lovable dorks

Once a year, the High museum hosts a "Collectors Evening," inviting local patrons to pony up for a fundraising dinner and help decide a few pieces to be acquired for the permanent collection. The concept involves a little dinner theatre: Each of the museum's curators present the work they're hoping to be acquired, make a quick argument for it before the assembled crowd, and the discerning patrons cast ballots for the winners. This is the sort of fun that only $500 (and up) a plate can buy.

For this year's dinner on Jan. 20, new photography curator Brett Abbott will make the case for a particularly electric print by Hiroshi Sugmoto, folk art curator Susan Crowley will argue for a drawing by the self-taught Martín Ramírez, contemporary curator Michael Rooks will continue to fixate on KAWS for some reason, and several other works will be bandied about. If you can't make it, the High has helpfully made a series of short clips with each curator's pitch. It's not a bad way to get to know the sensibilities behind scenes there. Check out all of the videos after the jump.

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