Arts and Entertainment
Best Use of Crowdsourcing
Published: September 19, 2012
The Walters, 600 N. Charles St., thewalters.org, (410) 547-9000
We’re not always so big on crowdsourcing, especially when it comes to art. Popularity doesn’t always equal quality (see Thomas Kinkade), but it did at the Walters this summer. Dylan Kinnett, the Walters’ web guy, came up with an ingenious plan to get the public involved with the Walters’ immense and magnificent collection. It started on social media, where people chose different categories and voted on them, and ended as an exhibition in the museum, where the voting continued with decidedly low-tech poker chips. It was fun, clever, and the resulting show—while not as good as a great show by a great curator—was better than many shows by many average curators. Here’s our vote for more.