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A Sunset for 1stfans

It’s been roughly three and half years since Will Cary and I started the 1stfans Membership program at the Museum; come July, the program will…

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1stfans: Shifting Focus and Moving to Meetup.com

As originally conceived, 1stfans was designed to engage both near and faraway supporters, but having run the program for almost two years, we’ve been seeing…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist November 2010: Dennis Bass

We’ve been on a roll the last few months on the Twitter Art Feed by featuring the work of our fellow 1stfans members, and this…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for October 2010: Wendi Kavanaugh

One of the great things that we’ve discovered through the Twitter Art Feed is how many of our very own 1stfans have wanted to create…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed for September 2010: Museum Nerd

This month on the 1stfans Twitter Art Feed artist, we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to feature one of our very own 1stfans: the anonymous,…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for August 2010: Danny Tuss

This month on the Twitter Art Feed, we’re presenting the work of Brooklyn Museum staff member, Danny Tuss. Danny is assistant to the Chief Curator…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for July 2010: Brian Piana

July’s Twitter Art Feed artist is Brian Piana, who, in his own words, creates works “from the Internet, for the Internet,” several of which used…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for June 2010: Mike Monteiro

June’s 1stfans artist is Mike Monteiro, an artist whose work we discovered through our friends at 20×200.com. We were initially attracted to Mike’s work because…

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Brooklyn’s Finest: Nitasha Kawatra

This week is my last at the Brooklyn Museum, and so I thought we’d do a special edition of “Brooklyn’s Finest” this month by way…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for May 2010: Odessa Begay

May’s 1stfans artist for the Twitter Art Feed is Odessa Begay, who has probably merged “twitter” and “art” in the most literal way by illustrating…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for April 2010: Joanie Gagnon San Chirico

After a month of staff tweets (feel free to provide feedback below!), Shelley and I have a great few months of artists tweets lined up…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for March 2010: Jennifer Bantz

We’re going to try something different for the March edition of the 1stfans Twitter Art Feed. Instead of featuring an artist, we’re going to feature…

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Survey and changes after the first year of 1stfans

Going into our second year of 1stfans, Shelley and I wanted to do a survey to see how members felt about the first year of…

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The First Harvest in the Wilderness

Valerie Hegarty’s evocation of Asher B. Durand’s 1855 painting The First Harvest in the Wilderness in her benefit print for the 1stfans program adds another…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for February 2010: Man Bartlett

February’s 1stfans Twitter Art Feed artist is Brooklyn’s own Man Bartlett. Man’s work includes drawings (mostly of circles), paintings, sculpture, and, as those on twitter…

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Teaming up with 20×200 and Valerie Hegarty for 1stfans

I grow more convinced every day that unique partnerships and creative incentives are the key to acquiring and retaining members. With 1stfans, Shelley and I…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for January 2010: Nina Meledandri

1stfans is a year old (more on that to come), and we thought it fitting and affirming to start the new year of the 1stfans…

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Q&A with Lori Hepner

This month, Lori Hepner’s project for the 1stfans Twitter Art Feed has prompted a great response from 1stfans with interesting and thought-provoking @replies, but there…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for December 2009: Lori Hepner

December’s artist for the 1stfans Twitter Art Feed is Lori Hepner, and it’s fitting that her project Status Symbols will grace the Feed for the…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for November 2009: Cass Bird

When Shelley and I went to visit Cass Bird at her Brooklyn studio last week, we weren’t sure what to expect.  We had known her…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for October 2009: Trish Mayo

We found that 1stfans really enjoyed Nick Fortunato’s project for June’s Twitter Art Feed because of the idea that history could come alive again and…

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Animal Mummy Update

Those of you who are 1stfans got an introduction to the animal mummy research project being done at the Museum when we held an informal…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for September 2009: Duke Riley

Duke Riley has been on our minds a lot over the past month. I’ve received a crash course in his work and the man himself…

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Why 1stfans is not a “young” Membership

One of the questions we often get about 1stfans is whether it is our “young members” group. Most NYC Museums have “young patrons” groups targeted…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for August 2009: Lauren McCarthy

The 1stfans Twitter Art Feed artist for August is Lauren McCarthy, a young artist who has already worn many hats. A self-described “artist/programmer/designer/person,” Lauren’s work…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for July 2009: Ranjit Bhatnagar’s “Exquisite Sonnet”

Judging by the number of re-tweets Nick’s “Poor SpumoniNick’s Almanack” project received, I think it’s safe to say that 1stfans enjoy Twitter Art Feed projects…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for June 2009: Nick Fortunato

Nick Fortunato is the second artist selected via the open call for the 1stfans Twitter Art Feed. Similar to An Xiao’s work with Morse Code,…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for May 2009: Tracey Moffatt

Did you know that we have 1stfans residing in 17 countries around the world?  Outside of the United States, we have the most 1stfan representation…

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Not just another Saturday night…

It was about 4:30pm on Saturday when Shelley called me. Interestingly enough, I was here at the Museum giving a talk to our Student Guides…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for April 2009: Jonathan Lethem

When we announced Mary Temple for the 1stfans Twitter Art Feed in February, one of the things that Shelley mentioned was our collaboration with the…

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1stfans Meetup for March 2009: Artist Matt Held

When 1stfans launched with the Swoon printing event on January 3rd, it was a pretty crazy night. Though Shelley and I didn’t get to meet…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for March 2009: Joseph Kosuth

If nothing else, Shelley and I think the 1stfans Twitter Art Feed is a pretty cool concept. We readily admit that we have no idea…

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Animal Mummy Research

This past Saturday as part of programming for 1stfans at the Brooklyn Museum, I gave a presentation on the animal mummy research the Conservation Department…

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Jonas Platt

Samuel Finley Breese Morse (American, 1791-1872). Jonas Platt, 1828. Oil on canvas, 35 15/16 x 29 7/16 in. (91.3 x 74.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, 85.23….

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for February 2009: Mary Temple

We all know this feeling, right? When you walk into an exhibition and there’s one work that really stops you in your tracks? On a…

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John Adams

Samuel Finley Breese Morse (American, 1791-1872). Portrait of John Adams, 1816. Oil on canvas, 29 3/4 x 24 15/16 in. (75.5 x 63.4 cm). Brooklyn…

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He Could Have Been a Contender . . .

An Xiao’s concept for the 1stfans Twitter Art Feed employs the language of Morse code—one of many instances in which science and art have crossed…

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How do you convince a free content advocate (like me) to join 1stfans?

As Will Cary notes in his post we’ve seen plenty of feedback with regard to the 1stfans Twitter Art Feed. Will and I had been…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed as a Membership benefit

One bit of confusion that we have begun to see (<– 4 links) regarding the 1stfans Twitter Art Feed is the notion that we are…

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Going Paperless for 1stfans and Happy New Year!

For 1stfans, we are attempting to go as paperless as possible and this has been an interesting challenge for us. The first major shift is…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for January 2009: An Xiao

In the same spirit that we asked Swoon to launch 1stfans in person (that is to say, with the Museum’s existing community in mind), we…

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Swoon Print for 1stfans on January 3

Though the launching of 1stfans is being done mostly online, one of the critical goals of the group is to get people to come and…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed & open call

One of the things we are really excited about with the launch of 1stfans is giving these new members something they can really get into….

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getting to know our 1stfans

It’s funny, if you know me, I’m sure you can imagine that I would have had a total fit if someone came into my office…

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introducing 1stfans: a socially networked museum membership

Working in Membership means my job is to get people excited about and involved with the Museum. In that way, my job is just as…

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