Archive for the ‘Director–s Blog’ Category

WHY ART NOW? – Responses to a Virtual Symposium

Over the past half-year, have you paused to wonder why you are doing what you are doing?  Does making, teaching, and critiquing art seem to be more difficult, perhaps even less-pertinent, during this time of social upheaval, global suffering, and relentless conflict?  [Or, conversely, do you view these questions as immaterial, and respond by forging […]

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My debt to the National Endowment for the Arts – by Neil Baldwin

Today is the first day of Arts Advocacy Week and the timing is propitious:  a chance to raise our voices and protest the proposed elimination of The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). And the place is perfect: Montclair State University, a public educational institution where the arts matter, truly and deeply. For my part, […]

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CRC 2.0 – The Next Five Years – by Neil Baldwin

September 2015 In July of 2010, I breathed a sigh of gratitude when the Montclair State University Board of Trustees formally approved the establishment of The Creative Research Center. Five years have gone by — and we are still here. Much has been accomplished; however, there is no doubt that much, much more remains to […]

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A New CRC Monograph – Strategies to Manage Censorship Issues and Controversies in Museums – by Kyle San Giovanni

September 9, 2013 Dear Neil: I am pleased that you are publishing my MA thesis on the Creative Research Center website.   I came to this topic through discussions with you a few semesters ago.  After researching several other topics, I wrote on managing controversies and censorship issues because I think that discussions about artistic […]

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Zeros and Ones vs. “The real thing” – by Neil Baldwin

At first glance, does it appear contradictory that the Director of a virtual Center should express ambivalence about its medium? I have remarked before that the Web does not care what I think of it; the Web continues to extend its fibers exponentially; new blogs are born, flourish, diminish and die. Every month or so, […]

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“A Day in the Life” – The Research Academy for University Learning @ Montclair State University – Fourth Annual Teaching & Learning Showcase/Symposium – by Neil Baldwin

At nine a.m., at the top of the first sheet of yellow legal pad, I scrawled this note: “Think about Personal resonance — what crosses my mind during this day.”  I had once again agreed to the request of my colleagues Cigdem Talgar and Julie Dalley to serve as rapporteur for the ambitious RAUL Symposium/Showcase.  I resolved […]

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Noteworthy Eclectic Selections from This Month’s Virtual Mailbag – by Neil Baldwin

“Digital platforms are worthless without content. They’re shiny sacks with bells and whistles, but without content, they’re empty sacks. It is not about pixels versus print. It is not about how you’re reading. It is about what you’re reading.”  — Maureen Dowd, The New York Times, March 10, 2013.   March 2013 [I am coming around to […]

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Curating performing arts/Montreal, revitalizing American Studies/Newark, improving quality of life in South Africa/Stellenbosch – by Neil Baldwin

[One of the many benefits of running a virtual interdisciplinary Center like the CRC is the ‘news and views’ we receive from our diverse listserv friends around the nation and the world. This month, we chose just three recent notices to bring to the wider attention of our readership.  We were impressed by the intensity […]

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Catching up with the Zeitgeist…finally! – by Neil Baldwin

The CRC has been so busy for the past six months producing our critically-acclaimed one-hour documentary on The Scientific Imagination that we have fallen behind in our annotated readings. [Not an excuse…a reality.] So, herewith a curated selection for your interest prior to archiving into our Web-Bibliography/Living Document. – The “buzz” on technology in the […]

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Art’s New Media – The 50th Anniversary Issue of ARTFORUM – by Neil Baldwin

“Media resist unification. They resist ontology. They are much like art. And art, we might say, is always becoming media.” — Michelle Kuo, editor, ARTFORUM, September, 2012. This 500-page “embarrassment of riches” arrived on my doorstep three weeks ago. It has taken me until today to read it selectively and carefully and set down my […]

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