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What is Tumblr Art, Exactly?

I just searched the #art tag on Tumblr. It brought up a pretty diverse collection of posts, from underwater photography to abstract expressionism; older art (an 1875 Alfred Stevens painting) shared space in the feed with a recent art school grad named Louise McNaught.

Art on Tumblr seems to occupy the same space as writing on Blogger and Wordpress did ten years ago: people are still figuring out how to use the platform in ways that expand their communities and maximize their exposure.

Now we have Hyperallergic’s collaboration with Tumblr, a symposium that will attempt to define and explore art on Tumblr. It’s The World’s First Tumblr Art Symposium, a one-day bonanza, part exhibition and part forum. As Hyperallergic EIC Hrag Vartanian writes in the event description, “The types of art projects being created on Tumblr are diverse and growing by the day, so we felt it was time to have a discussion about the art community on Tumblr and how they are impacting art making today.”

To lead up to the symposium, Hyperallergic has also commissioned essays like “The Social Ties That Unbind,” An Xiao’s expansive piece on social networking, internet art, and freedom.

There’s a lot to talk about with this particular topic—the act of blogging works in progress and the practice of over- and misusing the word “curate” come to mind—and with a promised DJ/drinks portion of the night, this symposium won’t disappoint.

The World’s First Tumblr Art Symposium will take place on Saturday, March 9th at 319 Scholes Street in Brooklyn. Registration is free but there’s currently a wait list.

-Molly O’Brien

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