295 words of what you want to know about this site …
I just want my school to be a nice place.
—Winona Ryder as Vernoica in Heathers
I'm Robert J. Weisberg, and Museum Human is the second version of this blog. The first one had just my name, but I thought that was a little self-centered, and, to paraphrase Yoda, need that we do not.
I've been working at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for 25 years in the Publications and Editorial Department, but this blog, and its views, are entirely mine. I've always tried to mediate between (false) dichotomies—print and digital, editorial and production, content and collection, and so on.
I write about organizational culture and cultural organizations. When I started in a museum I didn't know anything about art, but I knew about technology. I was hired to bring desktop publishing, which was once a thing, to our publications process. I realized pretty quickly that the job was 5% technology and 95% unlicensed psychotherapy. Dealing with people was my job; the tech issues were the details. I've never stopped that view.
I don't work directly on the books now; instead, I work on production for labels/didactics and for the site where we place our entire publication history. I also try to gently make trouble by reaching out to people throughout the organization and field to find ways to connect and collaborate on something new and better.
Museums have an opportunity—and an obligation—to match their stated desire to connect art and people both inside and outside the organization. This has to be reflected in intersectional ways, internally and externally, in all the museum's relationships with all people.
Thank you for reading and being part of this journey.