The Art Scene

A view of the current world of Jewish art, with observations on contemporary artists, current museum offerings and other topical subjects.
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Searching Facebook for Jewish Art and Jewish Museums

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I received my Ph.D. in art history in 1997, before the possibility of doing my research on the Internet.  When I moved to Omaha, I had to rely on newspapers and magazines to find out about shows in New York City and around the US that sounded wonderful, but that I couldn't go see.

How times change!  I've been on Facebook since 2010, and I'm still amazed at all the gems that are no longer hidden away because I can search for "Jewish," "art," and "museum" to find groups and institutions that I didn't even know about.  I have "liked" a number of Jewish museums and groups recently, and now I know about their exhibitions, lectures and other educational opportunities.  Even though I still can't attend personally, I can click the link to their websites and look at many things that weren't available to me only a few years ago.

I decided to type "Jewish Art Education" into the Facebook search box to get to our wall.  What appeared before I completely typed in all three words?  Just with "Jew" I found The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and The Jewish Museum in New York City in "Places."  "Jewish Art" got pages for "Jewish Art Now" and "Jewish Art Salon," both of which I "liked."  

I'm amazed at the number of results there are now, which I've got to say I'm happy to see, especially that "Jewish Art Education" is in the top 2.  I haven't done research before this to find out about all the Jewish art museums or art centers that are out there in the real world, but in the cyber world of Facebook, I just found KFAR Jewish Arts Center in Chicago, Center for Jewish Art in Jerusalem, JAMM The Jewish Art Museum of Minnesota, Jewish Arts Festival Kansas City, and Emerging Jewish Artists.  I clicked on a few links, and now the Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art is in the top 10 (I'm not the one to ask about the randomness of search engines).

I'm not the only one who has not searched around Facebook for Jewish art, because there aren't very many "likes" for these Jewish art pages.  JAE has, at this moment, 770 "likes."  Others in the top 10 average 400 some likes, except for the Jewish Museum in New York.

My point is, there is a world of information, just on Facebook, that allows me to follow quite easily what's going on in the world of Jewish art at this very moment.  That's what I like about these Facebook searches.  A search engine such as Google brings up an enormous amount of links, but may point you toward old and outdated information along with links to Jewish museums and organizations.  Facebook is a great way to stay up to date on what's current and new in the Jewish art education world.  (Just to be clear, I have no ties to Facebook except as one of the millions who use it to keep up with friends-and now organizations, too.)

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