Uzeeum 2016 Guest Contributor: Neal Stimler

Photo credit Nathan Johnson

Photo credit Nathan Johnson Photography

WHO: Neal Stimler, Digital Asset Specialist, Metropolitan Museum of Art

BIO: Neal Stimler takes an interdisciplinary approach to humanistic praxis in the cultural sector informed by art history, digital technology, museology and sociology. He is a creative strategist with experience in collaborative leadership, content management, metadata standards, product demonstration, project management, trend forecasting, user training and workflow design.*’*

FOLLOW NEAL: Twitter | Instagram | Linkedin | Website

“This week I had the pleasure of interviewing Neal Stimler, who graciously agreed to help us kick-off our Guest Contributor Series.  We met at a #drinkingaboutmuseums event, which I highly recommend if you like beer and making new museum-minded friends.  As we discussed museums, revenue models, startups and Harlem-life, he casually mentioned that people might be interested in reading museum recommendations from other people who know, love and care about these sorts of things.  A light bulb went off in my head and a few moments later The Guest Contributor Series was born.  Our conversation and Neal’s recommendations follow below” – Chrissy

Neal's #1 Pick: Moholy-Nagy: Future Present. On exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum until September 7, 2016. Why go? Blah blah Blah blah Blah blah Blah blah Blah blah Blah blah Blah blah Blah blah Blah blah

Neal recommends: Moholy-Nagy: Future Present. On exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum until 9/17/2016.* “I was exposed to Moholy-Nagy while in Germany as an undergraduate student with the Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) German Intensive Summer program. During the summer of 2004, I visited Bauhaus museums in Weimar and Berlin. Moholy-Nagy’s incredible interdisciplinary artistic talent, as well as his optimistic vision for the integration of art, humanity and technology, continues to inspire me. Looking at his artworks helped me better understand the interplay of light and shadow.”

C: For someone so entrenched in the museum world, this is probably too simplistic of a question, but we’ll give it a go anyway, what is your favorite museum memory?

N: I am fortunate to have many special museum memories. I’ll always cherish the summer of my first internship at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2005. My fellow interns and mentors from that period greatly inspired my career and life.

C: What is your favorite museum? I bet I know the answer.

N: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

C: What was the last museum that you visited?

N: I recently visited the New Museum to see “Nicole Eisenman: Al-Ugh-Ories,” which is on view till June 26, 2016. I was deeply impressed by Eisenman’s knowledge of art history as manifested in the artworks, versatile skill working between mediums and a sensitivity to the complexities, colors and contours of the human condition. Eisenman was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2015 – that level of artistic achievement is clear to me when experiencing her work.

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Neal recommends: The Folk Art Collection of Elie and Viola Nadelman. On exhibit at the New-York Historical Society until 8/21/2016.** “Earlier in my museum career, I studied American art history between the World Wars. Elie Nadelman’s artworks caused me to reflect upon the aesthetic as well as sociological relationships between senses of the past and modalities of modernity during the Interwar Period. I am especially attracted to linear nature Nadelman’s artworks, as drawings and sculptures seem to be formed from contours that acutely define grace of both the page and the pedestal.”

C: I don’t think it’s any coincidence that a lot of museum lovers live in NYC, what’s your favorite NYC experience?

N: Not surprisingly, visiting the amazing museums in this city and especially sharing these experiences with my dear colleagues and friends.

C: Let’s keep going with this NYC line of questions for a moment…favorite NYC brunch option?

N: For a memorable brunch make a reservation for the Robert restaurant which is atop the Museum of Arts and Design in Columbus Circle. You’ll have a delicious meal, incredible view of the city facing uptown and Central Park. Plus, you and your guests can buy tickets and explore the museum galleries as well.

C:  Most romantic NYC recommendation?

N: New York City presents many romantic spots. I gravitate to fine dining, museums and the performing arts when seeking to celebrate life and special occasions. Use sites like Uzeeum to find the event that inspires you and your special someone.

C: Last one, which NYC museum do you typically recommend to out-of-towners?

N: The Metropolitan Museum of Art of course, including The Met Breuer and The Met Cloisters! I also try to provide recommendations to colleagues, family or friends based on their interests.

Neal Recommends: Stuart Davis, ‘In Full Swing’. On exhibit at the Whitney Museum of America Art, 6/10/2016 – 9/25/2016.*** “I think of Stuart Davis as “our American Cubist.” Davis’ work is an inventive and unique synthesis of technique from graphic arts and illustration, the shifting planes of Cubism and a Fauvist perspective of space and color. His sketchbooks and theories on drawing especially had great impact on me in my formative years studying 20th Century American art history. Davis is an iconic figure, whose visual energy is fused from jazz, mass communication and moving images. His work is a constant push-pull that tests the boundaries of human perception from the natural world to the abstract – it is pure vibration!”

C:  Just for giggles, I would love to know what you are reading right now?

N:  I’m currently working my way through the writings of Friedrich Von Schiller and at present I’m focused on “The Essays on the Sublime: On Beauty, On Grace and Dignity, On The Sublime” 

C:  Last question, which museum is on your bucket list?

N:  I’d very much like to visit museums in London, England, Dublin, Ireland, Vienna, Austria and Saint Petersburg, Russia! So many museums yet to experience. Here’s hoping opportunities for travel and collegial collaboration in the future.

C:  Neal, thank you so much for your time.  I certainly appreciate it.

N: My pleasure.

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*Moholy-Nagy, Space Modulator, 1939-45. Oil and incised lines on Plexiglas, in original frame. Plexiglas: 63.2 x 66.7 cm; frame: 88.6 x 93 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection © 2016 Hattula Moholy-Nagy/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

**Unidentified French makers. Milliner’s heads (three), 1820–70. Red pine; painted papier-mâché; wood, largest height: 17 in. New-York Historical Society, Purchased from Elie Nadelman, INV.8708, INV.8709, and INV.8707

***Stuart Davis (1892–1964), Owh! in San Pao, 1951. Oil on canvas, 52 3/16 × 42 in. (132.6 × 106.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase 52.2. © Estate of Stuart Davis / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

*’*Disclaimer: The remarks herein are the personal views of Neal Stimler and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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