Five Questions for: Perry Garvin

perry-garvinName: Perry Garvin

Title/Occupation: Digital Projects Manager

Organization/Company: New Museum


1. Where did you grow up and how did you end up where you are now?

I grew up in San Francisco, California and made it to New York City so that I could get my MA in Art History from Columbia and to enrich myself with the city’s cultural offerings.

2. Which performance, song, play, movie, painting or other work of art had the biggest influence on you and why?

My biggest influence is found in the wall drawings of Sol LeWitt where chance-based operations and systems-based generative models come together to produce works of intellectual rigor and emotional lyricism.

3. What skill, talent or attribute do you most wish you had and why?

The ability to effortlessly draw figures from life.

4. What do you do to make a living? Describe a normal day.

I manage the New Museum’s digital projects. That means maintaining the New Museum’s institutional website (, designing exhibition and program-specific “minisites”, and, currently, leading the development of an online digital archive that will house and guide interpretation of the New Museum’s programmatic history from 1977 to the present.

5. Have you ever had to make a choice between work and art? What did you choose, why, and what was the outcome?

I’ve never made a choice between work or art. Work is something I have to do. Art is something I choose to do and am lucky enough to be able to do it because of the income that comes from the work that I do.

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