From The Artstor Blog archive:
If you read a review or article about an interesting museum exhibition you missed you can usually find images of the featured artworks. But have you ever wondered how the works were presented, where they were placed? Which pieces were shown together, and in what order?
Exhibition design is central in museology, also known as museum studies, which asks how to present exhibitions that engage and enlighten the viewer. It’s also of interest to curators, art historians, and even artists, who often want to see what effect context has on artworks. That’s why the Artstor Digital Library offers tens of thousands of exhibition documentation images ranging from the late 19th century to the present.
The new Tippet Rise Art Center, on an 11,500-acre working ranch north of Yellowstone in the shadow of the Beartooth mountains in Fishtail, MT, was founded as a site for monumental and site specific installations. One of these installations, the ongoing project “Structures of Landscape” by ENSAMBLE STUDIO, currently features large-scale outdoor sculptures Beartooth Portal, Inverted Portal and Domo (shown above) that are “[e]qual parts shelter, sculpture and landscape.”
via ArchDaily, including a slide show of the installation’s images and models
Published January 8, 2016
exhibitions , Museum news
Tags: Broad, California, contemporary, exhibitions, Hammer, LACMA, MOCA, museums, SBMA
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.
Published October 23, 2015
Art news , Blogs & websites , exhibitions , Image searching , Image tools , Museum news , Pedagogy
Tags: Broad, California, education, exhibitions, fun, getty, Huntington, image viewing, LACMA, MOCA, museums, open content
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 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: 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.
Published August 7, 2015
exhibitions , Museum news , Pedagogy
Tags: architecture, contemporary, education, exhibitions, galleries, museums, open content, technology, tools, video
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has released a new app for iPad, offering access to the museum’s archival publications and a new visual interface for exploring art. This is in addition to their iPhone and Android handset app that includes multi-lingual building, collection, and select exhibition guides, information on more than 1,600 works in the museum’s collection, video and audio with closed captioning, transcripts and verbal description guides for blind and low vision visitors.
The new iPad app has all these features but also introduces new features for tablets, including free access to over 100 out-of-print museum publications dating back to the 1930s, image zoom for works in the collection, a larger format for watching videos, and VoiceOver compatibility.
Published July 6, 2015
Museum news , Pedagogy
Tags: California, education, exhibitions, galleries, getty, Hammer, image viewing, LACMA, MCASB, MOCA, SBMA, technology, tools, universities, video
The annual Next Practices in Digital and Technology from the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) is available and highlights 41 examples of recent and ongoing digital initiatives designed by AAMD member museums. From social media and mobile apps, to in-gallery interpretation and behind-the-scenes collections management, Next Practices in Digital and Technology explores the ways museums are using technology to advance accessibility, scholarship, education, and audience engagement. Some of the covered topics include Multimedia, In-Gallery Interactive, Open Data, Social Media, Apps, and Access.
The 6th annual Art Museum Day, organized by the Association of Art Museum Directors in conjunction with the International Council of Museums, will take place on and around Monday, May 18 with a number of museums offering free or reduced admission, educational programs, and/or discounts. This year’s celebration will focus on Museums for a Sustainable Society. Click here for a list of participating institutions and what they’ll have to offer.