Did you ever look at something displayed in a gallery or museum and wondered why on earth the experts had chosen to show that? Ever think you could do a better job of selecting works worth displaying?

Well, now you can. Yes, you, too, can judge an art show in a major museum.

Here’s the deal: the Brooklyn Museum, the second largest art museum in New York (and one of the largest in the country) is holding a new photography show that allows the public to participate in the exhibition process.

The exhibit, entitled Click! A Crowd-Curated Exhibition, was inspired by a book, The Wisdom of Crowds, which says that a diverse crowd often makes wiser decisions than those made by the so-called experts.

For Click!, anyone who is interested can go to the museum’s Web site and, until May 23, rate how well the photographs reflect the theme: The Changing Faces of Brooklyn. The crowd’s ratings will determine which photos will be exhibited at the museum and how they will be displayed.

Um, yes, in case you are wondering, I did submit a photo and no, I cannot link to it on the museum’s site.

From the museum’s Web site:

What do you mean by “the changing faces of Brooklyn”?
Brooklyn, like most of New York City, is in a constant state of change. Population growth and environmental causes have altered the borough’s terrain, transforming commercial and residential areas and impacting the borough’s residents and activity. Considering Brooklyn’s transformation over the years, its past and its present, please submit a photograph that captures the “changing face(s) of Brooklyn.” We welcome a wide variety of visual interpretations of this topic.

Who is on the jury?
Anyone and everyone! We are asking as many people as possible to evaluate submissions. In crowd theory, it’s important that the crowd be diverse, so we encourage people from all backgrounds and geographic locations to participate.

Why can’t I send a link to a friend and tell them to vote for my work?
We don’t allow linking directly to works to avoid having the results skewed by promotional methods. Your work will be displayed without attribution [my name doesn’t appear], and all evaluation data will be withheld until the exhibition in June. Although you can’t send a direct link to your work, we want you to encourage friends, family, and colleagues to participate in the evaluation process. Please help us spread the word.

Want to give it a try? Start here: Click! A Crowd-Curated Exhibition and register on the museum’s Web site. The rating period ends May 23, 2008.

PS: If you do come across my photo (below) I’d appreciate a good rating. Have fun!

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Brooklyn Museum: Click! A Crowd-Curated Exhibition
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6 Responses to Click!

  1. photowannabe says:

    Whew, that was a lot of pictures to evaluate but I did it. Gave yours high marks. Really interesting way to do museum pictures.


  2. I saw the logo on the right side of your blog a while ago, put it in my calendar and did it. It was a lot of fun. Hope your picture makes it! 🙂


  3. Olivier says:

    J’aime beaucoup cette idée, le musée de Genève avait fait un peu la même chose, on pouvait envoyer des photos par email et elles étaient exposes une fois dans le mois. Ta photo est un très bon choix.

    I love this idea, the museum of Geneva had just the same thing could send pictures via email and they were exposed once a month. Your photo is a very good choice.


  4. Olivier says:

    j’ai vu qu’il avait le mois européen de la photographie à Brooklyn (en dessous du pont de Brooklyn) . tu es passé faire un tour ?

    I saw he had one month European photography in Brooklyn (below the Brooklyn Bridge). you’re past a tour?


  5. Trotter says:

    Hi Annulla! Here I am for the weekly visit… 😉
    I’ll try to get to your picture…
    Thanks for your comment on Blogtrotter, which has now landed in the imperial town of Marrakesh, the Red City!
    Hope you enjoy and have a great weekend!


  6. Good luck! Sounds like fun. I will definitely check it out.


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