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MoMA’s New Audio+ Guide: I Like It


Today, the Museum of Modern Art announced a new "mobile platform" and I tried out this new-generation audio guide. It's called Audio+ -- since it involves video too and, best of all, the ability to save and share selected information. Introduced to visitors in Beta mode (which continues) in stages beginning last July 3, these devices -- modified (or programmed) iPods Touch devices -- replace the museum's handheld audio wands. Here's how it works, my experience shows: You take the iPod on a lanyard and hang it around your neck. Then you … [Read more...]

Do You Want to Be A “Digital Curator”? Here’s How


Early this month, the Royal Ontario Museum announced a new smartphone app that allows visitors to "experience ROM objects in fun and interactive ways, including Animating a dodo, X-raying a mummy, and Skinning a dino" ... and "... to interact with select objects throughout ROM galleries in ways never before possible in any museum." At the moment, the number of objects is "over a dozen," but undoubtedly more are coming. Sounds interesting to me. I think you have to try it to see, but according to the press release, here's how it works -- keep … [Read more...]

“Figment” Project Goes Live For Warhol’s 85th


This is a little ghoulish, admittedly, but a company Earthcam, which calls itself "the global leader in providing webcam content, technology and services," has been launching some arts-related project lately, and tonight at midnight, the newest one goes live. It will mark what would have been Andy Warhol's 85th birthday, had he lived this long. In "celebration," as the press release says, Earthcam has organized an interactive multimedia project with the Warhol Museum. The elements: A live feed with sound available 24/7 at Andy’s … [Read more...]

Just Three More Days! MFA Lets You Listen And Learn Free


I'm writing just a quickie on this, because there's a time limit. About six weeks ago, I received an interesting press release from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, headlined MFA PUBLICATIONS DEBUTS ITS FIRST HIGHLIGHTS SERIES E-BOOKS, MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND ARTS OF KOREA. They were "full-color, multimedia-enhanced digital books," for $9.99 each. The musical instrument one seemed especially intriguing because it promised 25 audio and 23 video clips accompanying the text. It features more than 100 instruments in the museum's … [Read more...]

Form And Landscape: The Huntington’s Experiment With An Online Exhibition


Since May 1, the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Garden has been presenting an online exhibition that is part of the Getty Center's Pacific Standard Time Modern Architecture in LA initiative. Since everyone says we're going to be having more of them (online exhibitions), I decided to find out how this one was going. It's called Form and Landscape: Southern California Edison and the Los Angeles Basin, 1940-1990, and it had a rich reserve to draw on: an archive of 70,000 photographs donated to the Huntington in 2006 by … [Read more...]

Everything’s Up to Date In Vatican City


The Vatican's first foray into the Venice Biennale this year isn't its only recent venture in the "contemporary" art world, if you define contemporary as state-of-the art: if you go to the Vatican Museums's Gregorian Etruscan Museum, you can now enter a digital recreation, sort of, of the Regolini-Galassi Etruscan tomb, a site northwest of Rome that was discovered in 1836 and dates to between 600 and 650 BC. Artifacts from the tomb, which included silver pieces, gold jewelry and bronze cauldrons, eventually were sold to the Vatican, and are now … [Read more...]

How The Web Is Changing the Museum World


My headline is way too broad -- one could write a book, or at least a long white paper, on how the web is changing the museum world. And I'm not talking about museum websites. But here are three disparate ways we've seen change in the last few days. 1) Last week, the BBC reported that a crowd-sourcing site it started with the UK's public collections -- called Your Paintings (I reported on that initiative here last year) -- led to the discovery of an unknown van Dyke. Previously, the portrait was considered to be a copy; covered in dirt, it … [Read more...]

Why Isn’t The Met’s Chinese Exhibition On Its Website?


It was months ago when I first learned that the Metropolitan Museum of Art* was organizing an exhibition from its permanent collection to send to China. It came to pass in February, when Earth, Sea and Sky: Nature in Western Art -- Masterpieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened in Beijing, at the National Museum of China. Billed as exploring "the grand theme of nature as it has been depicted by painters, sculptors, and decorative artists in Europe, America, and the Near East, from antiquity to the present day," the show was … [Read more...]

What Happened At Google’s Art Hangout?

Well, I didn't see it myself, yet, but the commenters on the Google + site for its new Art Talks series, which I wrote about here, seemed mostly satisfied. One man, from Italy wrote: "...this is a very interesting project. We would like to air the next episodes of the Google Art Project live on national TV in Italy, especially the Art Talk with the London National Gallery with Caroline Campbell, Curator of Italian Paintings before 1500. Do you think this could be possible? If so, can I ask you to help me get the proper … [Read more...]

“Art Talks” Tonight, On Google +

Tower of Babel

So what are you doing tonight at 8 p.m., EST? Want to hang out, talking about art with someone from the Museum of Modern Art? Google hopes so. Someone there obviously see value in adding features about art, because the Google Hangout venture of the Google Art Project, scheduled to debut this evening, is the start of a series called "Art Talks." (That's the official announcement.)  These regularly scheduled online talks are designed to explore masterpieces, according to an account on Mashable, though the first tranche seems a bit broader than … [Read more...]

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