Evan gives mind blowing art-centric tours at Museum Hack. He has studied Asian art and knows hundreds of cool facts about some of the most interesting pieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Rubin Museum collections. Read below to find out about his desire to enlighten audiences and a super cool fact about the artistic bower birds of Australia.
What is your background?
I went to school for Illustration and was always privately obsessed with religion, philosophy, and the study of consciousness in general – to put this in Museum Hack terms, I am basically super down with magic and the power of art. I’ve done a lot of things – briefly studied with a Tibetan painting master, painted a 140 foot mural solo at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, taught kids about Hindu art – but my favorite job is getting to wear the colors of this fine clan we call Museum Hack.
What do you do for Museum Hack?
I lead tours at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. My goal is to convince everyone that the Met is hands down one of the coolest places on the planet— everyone from teenagers who have never left Nebraska to people that basically run multi-million dollar companies. Art lovers and art haters, they all come, and by the end of the tour everyone is on the same page. That is my job, essentially – I facilitate the mind blowing experience that is the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
If you had to be trapped in the Museum overnight, what would you do?
I’d probably spend a lot of time just chilling with the Buddhist art at night when no one is around. This would be pretty ideal. Aside from this, I’m an illuminated manuscript guy, and it often pains me that for a museum, there is not really any way of displaying these epic tomes that allows the public to experience their full glory. The Met has some beasts that I’ve been dying to get my hands on, mostly in the medieval sections. I’d probably spend most of the night flipping through these.
If you were to be reincarnated as an animal, which would it be and why?
There’s an animal called the Bower Bird from Australia and Papua New Guinea. It’s a small bird. The males of this species create beautiful objects that I can only describe as works of art. That’s where the name comes from: they build small bowers (like a little forest dwelling) and decorate them by gathering flower petals, berries, or man-made objects. They even color coordinate them. It does this to impress a potential mate (obviously). They’re amazing – people a long time ago must have thought these things were made by fairies or something. As an artist, I feel like this would be only a slight change up from my current lifestyle. I’m getting sick of the paint and canvas vibe anyway, so this would easily be my choice.
Here’s a picture of a bower that one made using blue bottle caps. If I was a female bird, this would for sure score this guy a date.
What’s a big goal in your life?
A big goal in my life is to craft a new sacred art aesthetic for our time period. Every culture and group of people since the dawn of time has expressed themselves in some artistic fashion and had an aesthetic that was uniquely theirs, that expressed their fundamental essence and values. My generation doesn’t really have this yet – our aesthetic is way too dominated by advertising and general garbage from the internet – but I’m working on it.
Why did you apply to work with Museum Hack?
I applied to work at Museum Hack because I sincerely believe that in many ways, art is the only hope for humanity’s future. Art creates culture – this is obvious – and in my opinion, we’re approaching the climax in this story we call humanity. The biggest paradigm shift that has ever happened is just peeking over the horizon. I think most of the problems we are experiencing today are essentially growing pains, they are the shell breaking to reveal a new type of civilization hidden underneath, far beyond the current limits of what we consider plausible. In this situation, art functions as a feedback loop, allows us to reinforce the parts of ourselves that we like, and change the parts of ourselves that could be improved. An understanding of the importance of art and it’s relationship to culture is going to be essential for us to survive this shift. Museum Hack and I have the same goal – getting people to realize that art is actually one of the coolest thing on the planet.
Thank you Evan for the inspiration and for giving amazing tours! To find out more about our team, please visit our Meet the Team page.