Digital Public Library of America: A wealth of info, no card required

Digital Public Library of AmericaThe Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is an all-digital library that aggregates metadata — or information describing an item — and thumbnails for millions (over 11,000,000 and growing!) of photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. DPLA brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available. Search the Library, or use the Map or Timeline to focus your search by file format, contributors, date, language, location, or subject.

Want even broader search capability? Check out these apps Culture Collage (to return a DPLA search as an image stream) and, a Red Dot favorite, Search DPLA and Europeana (a side-by-side search of Europeana and the DPLA – that’s access to roughly 60 million items with one search!)

Digital archive of vernacular art sites

What is SPACES? SPACES is a nonprofit public benefit organization created with an international focus on the study, documentation, and preservation of art environments and self-taught artistic activity. image-coupleJo Farb Hernández, Director of SPACES with Seymour Rosen, Founder of SPACES, in front of Watts Towers, 1999. Photo by Sam Hernández SPACES — Saving and Preserving Arts and Cultural EnvironmentsSPACES (Saving and Preserving Arts and Cultural Environments) recently launched a digital archive of more than 1,400 vernacular and self-taught art environments around the world and continue to expand their holdings by soliciting new documentation and writing about the sites, and sharing resources and updates on the preservation and conservation of threatened vernacular art sites.

Explore the Online Collection,  the Preservation Toolbox, and the SPACES Blog with the latest on preservation efforts and exhibitions of art environments. They also continue to seek new images of any site that is not already listed or additional images of those in the archive.

 

So Cal Free Museum Day: January 30, 2016

Raúl Corrales, Fishing Nets/La atarraya (detail), ca. 1950. Gelatin silver print. SBMA, Museum purchase with funds provided by the Cheeryble Foundation. (© Raúl Corrales Estate, Courtesy of Couturier Gallery)Over two dozen Southern California museums will offer free admission on Saturday, January 30. This free-for-all includes The Broad, LACMA, MoCA, and — luckily for those of us in the Santa Barbara area — the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

If that Saturday won’t work, here’s a list of the free days many LA museums offer each month.

NY Public Library offers 180,000 public domain images

Image courtesy NYPL.orgThe New York Public Library announced it now offers 180,000 images in their NYPL Digital Collections of library materials in the public domain. These images can be downloaded in the highest resolution available and “everyone has the freedom to enjoy and reuse these materials in almost limitless ways.” In fact, it’s encouraged.

via ARTnews

Art auction quiz

The New York Times has a quiz today, “Are You Smarter than a Billionaire?” which asks you to guess which item, in a pair from this week’s auction sales, got the highest price.   There are some surprises.  To help get you in the right frame of price reference: the Modigliani below fetched $170 million.

Modigliani

10,000 architectural views, plans and drawings added to Artstor

AWSS35953_35953_29394825 Artstor just announced the unveiling of a valuable new addition to their collection: 10,000 architectural photos, plans, sections, and other drawings.   And this is just phase I – the collection will be doubling in size.  This new content comes via a collaboration with the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library.  The collection focuses on 20th century modernism and includes both built works and unbuilt projects.    Read more here.

LA museums embracing digital innovations

Culture Monster highlights innovative examples of how various museums in Los Angeles are using digital technology:

  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles: Interactive CT scans offer another way to access mummies
  • Autry National Center: In the exhibition space, first-person stories of characters features in the “Civil War” exhibit play as films from user-activated “daguerreotypes” (and, not mentioned in the article but on the website, playlists offer evocative music from the era)
  • GETTY-inspiredGetty Museum: Pushed for global open collection content and a #GettyInspired digital initiative to encourage interactivity with museum visitors
  • LACMA: Their new location-aware app is less straight didactic information and more conversational, so views spend more time with the art than their devices
  • The Huntington: Seven iPads are installed in strategic spots around the galleries to offer contextual information in the historic rooms
  • The Broad mobile appThe Broad: The new museum’s app has Bluetooth technology to be location-aware both outside and inside the museum, and will send a push notification with invitations and contextually aware information
  • MOCA: Eschewing “distracting” in-museum apps, the museum’s updated website seeks to engage viewers before and after visits

Check out a special Museums section in the New York Times for highlights on how New York museums use technology to engage visitors.


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