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Don’t Regret Missing “Civilisation” — Not Anymore

I never saw Civilisation. But I — and you — can easily access it now on a free website, along with 492 other documentaries about art, and hundreds more about science, history, war, Britain, America and so on. The site is called DocuWatch, and I have no idea how new or old it is. It […]

Smithsonian Launches A 3D “Exploration” Initiative

Let’s catch up on a little news from the Smithsonian, announced in mid-November, but which got very little attention. That’s when it revealed the “Smithsonian X 3D Collection” and “state-of-the-art 3-D explorer.”  Essentially, this device makes use of new 3D scanning and printing technology, with an eye toward making much more of its gigantic collection […]

At The Met, Textiles And Technology = Bad Match

Let me say from the outset that the Metropolitan Museum’s* Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500–1800 — billed as “the first major exhibition to explore the international transmittal of design from the sixteenth to the early nineteenth century through the medium of textiles” — is a wonderful exhibition. The items — costumes, bedcovers, hangings, vestments, fragments […]

Choose Your Tools To Explore Gothic Ivories

You never know what will catch fire. A couple of years ago, the Cloisters of the Metropolitan Museum had a little sensation on its hands when it displayed a set of the Lewis chessmen. Attendance soared. It was, probably, the little figures not the ivory they were made of that drew interest, but I thought […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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