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Arts Institutions in a New Era of Social Imagination

Matthew Claudel
Aug 31 · 8 min read
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Carolina Caycedo: Cosmotarrayas. Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. 2020. Photo by Matthew Claudel.
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Workers and volunteers distributed food boxes from the ICA Watershed. Courtesy of the ICA Boston, via The Boston Globe.

“We need to think about a new era of social imagination… If you think about the idea of a museum as a laboratory, the most important thing is that we allow artists to change institutions.”

This is what “reopening” could mean: purposive, collective rebuilding. Instead, the political focus seems to be on bars and Class A office spaces: what our city, state, and federal politicians — enamored of the high-tech innovation economy — have consistently waved as a magic wand for economic development over the past decade (while largely ignoring the compelling economics of the local cultural sector).


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Matthew Claudel

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Writer, designer, researcher; co-founder of MITdesignX matthewclaudel.com matthew.claudel@gmail.com

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Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Design Thinking, Sustainability & Creativity

Matthew Claudel

Written by

Writer, designer, researcher; co-founder of MITdesignX matthewclaudel.com matthew.claudel@gmail.com

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Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Design Thinking, Sustainability & Creativity

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