on view: museums matter

This week I watched Dr. David Franklin’s talk, “Art in the Age of Algorithms, Portraits in the Age of Pixels, Museums in the Age of Megabytes: Why Museums Still Matter.”  Given at Cleveland’s 2011 local Tedx event, Dr. Franklin, Director of The Cleveland Museum of Art (he refers to himself as the museum’s “landlord”), offers a  down-to-earth assessment of the persistent value of art museums in the rapidly developing digital age. While making the case for the importance of viewing art in the physical world, he literally handles 11,000 years of sculptural history, reveals that he was in a punk band and quotes The Smiths.