Art museums’ futures will depend on their ability to share: their platforms, their authority, and, perhaps most tangibly, their collections. While in kindergarten we were all taught to share, many museums still consider their collections to be exclusive, “protecting” their art in deep storage.
There is now, however, a rethinking this out-of-date attitude. One museum, the Institute and Museum of California Art, sees collection sharing as a core to its operation and mission. It is pursuing a technological, logistical, and collaborative platform for sharing across academic, municipal, and private museum collections – and for radically shifting how scholars, peers, and publics can approach art.