Fade Like a Sigh,” photographs by Zora J Murff and Rana Young, at our Main St Gallery. The artists explore the void left by an absent parent and highlight the relationship between the photographic record and the fragmented nature of memory.

Art gallery filled with medium-sized photographs hung according to a grid pattern, with several cells left empty.
An art gallery wall with medium-sized photographs hung according to a grid pattern, with several cells left empty.
Left: A faded portrait photograph of a young girl. Right

The Ocean Between Us (bein hai ben chung ta),” painting, sculpture, and installation by Loc Huynh, at our Main St gallery. This work depicts the bond between the artist’s maternal grandparents despite their geographic distance from each other.

An art gallery containing a cardboard sculpture of a man's head, a hanging sculpture depicting a scaled-up necklace, and a painting of a family.
Art gallery containing three larger paintings, two smaller paintings, a shelf with a bowl of incense, and, on the floor, a plate of fruit.
A painting depicting a grown man, a drown woman and a child. The painting style appears influenced by graffiti.

Together with the Earth,” paintings by Suzy González, at our Main St gallery. The artist’s materials includes corn husks, which references Mesoamerican beliefs that our very beings are created from maíz. Runs Sept 3- 25, 2021.

Several people mingle outside Spellerberg Projects gallery.
A woman looks a wall of paintings. The paintings have a textured surface and depict stylized figures of people. One of the figures wears a face mask.
A painting depicting a stylized human figure who appears to be crying. The figure's face and lower torso are depicted as being made of water.

COVID-19 Museum Web Traffic Charts

I spoke with journalist Alexander Panetta of CBC News for a story on museums’ use of technology during the pandemic: Despite this historic opportunity for online learning, with hundreds of millions of people locked out of public spaces, [Spellerberg] says traffic to museum websites plummeted last year. Read more

Helping Cultural Institutions Adapt to COVID-19 — Recent Work

The pandemic of 2020 presented an unprecedented challenge for cultural institutions. We’ve been with with our clients every step of the way, creating projects that run the gamut of adaptations undertaken by the industry. We built “At Home” sections for the Andy Warhol Museum and the Akron Art Museum; we designed and developed virtual events for the Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles, and Pleasure Dome, Toronto; and we created a bring-your-own-device web app for the Hammer Museum. Read more

Museum Digital COVID-19 Research at MCN 2020 Virtual Conference

Since COVID-19 first hit, I have been conducting a cross-institutional research study about the effects of shelter-in-place on museum website visitation. Researcher Grace Poole and I have been working hard over the past several months to analyze the pandemic’s impact across the sector’s digital activity. Read more

Was Cloudflare’s Termination of the Daily Stormer Ethical?

On August 16, 2017, Cloudflare revoked its cyber-protection service from the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website (Newman, 2017). The ethical issue at stake concerns internet censorship and who gets to decide what speech stays online. Did Cloudflare ethically act when it made this exception to its position of neutrality?

Call for Participants: Museum Digital COVID-19 Research Study

We are living through history. Around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping society. When Americans began practicing “social distancing” and following orders to shelter-in-place, museums and cultural organizations moved quickly to cease public visitation. But even as our institutions closed their physical doors, we have opened digital windows. Read more

Spellerberg Projects 2019 Year In Review

We showed a lot of great art this year. Exhibitions at the Main St Gallery focused on photography: I curated Elijah Barrett’s Rockport, an examination of the impact of our changing climate on communities along the Texas coast; and then Elijah curated Cristina Velásquez’s New World, a consideration of agricultural labor in her native Columbia...

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