Your PC should become your art library

A few weeks ago I noted that a couple of museums were beginning to explore making content more available via the web: LACMA posted a few catalogue essays, lots of museums now have Flickr streams, and so on.

Here's a logical next step: Putting old, long out-of-print exhibition catalogues online, Google Books-style. LACMA, which has apparently decided to challenge the Indianapolis Museum of Art for the title of Most Web-Creative Museum, has launched an entire site dedicated to its 1967-71 Art & Technology project. You can browse the project online artist by artist or you can download the project catalogue as a PDF. At LACMA's Unframed blog, Tom Drury discusses why the whole project is exceptional. (Aside: Why don't more museums put old catalogues/scholarship online this way? No idea. Who wouldn't love to see all of Arthur Wheelock's Dutch art publications at one URL? I asked LACMA if it was possible to break out the cost of the A&T-->WWW project, and LACMA said it wasn't.)

In a related story, the project is substantially funded by the Getty. For years critics (including me) had complained that the Getty was lousy at being a part of the Los Angeles art scene, that hiltopping was in danger of becoming an intransitive verb with its etymological roots in Gettian behavior. But as Suzanne Muchnic first reported in the LAT on Sunday, that's changing as the Getty funds a series of major art historical shows throughout Los Angeles. Next step for the Getty: Funding not just exhibitions but enabling collecting at some of those museums.

Related: When Jim Wood took over the Getty, he talked with me about the importance of the Getty coming down from the hill. And in his very next breath, he talked about collecting. Suzanne Muchnic on LA's art-historical awakening.
October 29, 2008 8:28 AM |

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