The Smithsonian unveiled a new free e-book, Best of Both Worlds: Museums, Libraries, and Archives in a Digital Age, by G. Wayne Clough, the Smithsonian’s 12th Secretary. The book explores “how digital technologies will radically alter our existing institutions, make access to their embedded knowledge widely available, and enable learning and research anytime, anywhere” and how this “digital journey” of offering online content both enhances and disrupts the value of libraries, archives and museums like the Smithsonian.
Posts Tagged 'museums'
Tags: archives, libraries, museums, open content, publishing
Tags: archives, copyright, education, image viewing, libraries, museums, open content
The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin has announced the launch of an expanded Online Digital Image Collection of selections from their holdings. The Harry Ransom Center has a significant digital presence — see what they offer by searching or browsing their finding aids.
If your interested in or have questions about copyright issues, check out their Online Copyright Resources and other related links.
Tags: California, museums, universities
The Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena has announced its new partnership with USC. From the news release: “The new partnership will preserve the museum’s 1924 Chinese Qing Dynasty-inspired mansion in downtown Pasadena as an art museum, and will enhance the scholarship of the creative faculty and students at USC’s six arts schools and those in the departments of Art History, East Asian Language and Cultures, Religion and Archaeology. In addition, the alliance will provide a foundation for a renewed museum studies and curatorial training program at USC. The new name of the museum will be the USC Pacific Asia Museum.”
Tags: image viewing, LACMA, museums, open content, tools
CAMIO® (Catalog of Art Museum Images Online, hosted by OCLC) is an online resource for images from a number of prominant museums. You can perform searches across the site or from only a selected number of institutions, or browse by institution or work type. Every work in CAMIO is represented by at least one high-resolution image (link found at the top of a record) and a description; many have additional views of the work, sound, video and curatorial notes.
Tags: architecture, contemporary, exhibitions, museums
The three guest curators of the 2014 Whitney Biennial—Stuart Comer (Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art, MoMA), Anthony Elms (Associate Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia), and Michelle Grabner (Artist and Professor, Painting and Drawing Department, School of the Art Institute, Chicago)—have announced the artists who will participate in next year’s exhibition. Each curator will oversee installations on one floor, “representing a range of geographic vantages and curatorial methodologies….This can be seen in [the curators'] choice of artists working in interdisciplinary ways, artists working collectively, and artists from a variety of generations. Together, the 103 participants offer one of the broadest and most diverse takes on art in the United States that the Whitney has offered in many years.”
This Biennial will be the last in the Whitney Museum’s current building at 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street; the museum will relocate to its new, Renzo Piano designed building in Spring 2015.
Tags: museums, open content
We’ve mentioned Europeana before on the Red Dot but it’s certainly worth mentioning again – it’s a site that brings together digital content (all media!) from all aspects of European culture: museums, archives, libraries, and historic sites. They’ve launched an app called the Europeana Open Culture app (download it here), which showcases some of their partner collections. They’ve got a great blog post that illustrates some of the collections’ riches, using the Rijksmuseum’s public domain works as examples. Whether you explore it using the app, or the website, you are entering a vast world of content.
Tags: contemporary, museums, tools
The website asks visitors to answer the question: “What is art?” Their answers appear on the website for other visitors to comment on, and conversations are started around the submitted ‘rules’. Visitors can ‘Agree’ or ‘Disagree’ with these rules – as well as share a rule using Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. The more people ‘Agree’ with a rule, the larger it will appear on the website, and vice versa. The website has been seeded with a number of rules written by leading artists, curators and critics. This is to serve as inspiration for visitors and enable the site to become a repository of outstanding thinking as well as a community of cultural commentators.”
Don’t like what you see? Write your own rule.
Reports have been surfacing that the Malawi National Museum in Minya, Egypt (roughly 190 miles SW of Cairo) has been severely looted during the last week’s demonstrations and unrest. Most portable objects were stolen while heavier objects were burned or vandalized.
Recently, Detroit’s Emergency Manager has called for Christie’s auction appraisers to determine the current value of the Detroit Institute of Arts‘ holdings, potentially to be sold to help pay off the city’s debt. Now a number of websites and blogs have responded by raising awareness of the museum’s vast and important collection and what’s at stake if the city loses it. Read the museum’s official response to the art appraisal request here.
via Culture Monster
Tags: California, galleries, museums, technology
What’s on Los Angeles is a new mobile app created by LA artists Jody Zellen and Brian C. Moss to help users keep up with current exhibitions at the area’s galleries and other art institutions. The app offers browsing by name or location (bonus: each venue’s listing includes a helpful map link) and highlights upcoming exhibition openings and closings.