Slow Art Day, a global event to stop and savor works of art, will take place on Saturday, April 8. This is how it works:
- Sign up at a participating museum or art gallery. Locally, you can join in at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) and the Hammer Museum, UCLA.
- Attend and look at works of art slowly. Some museums pick 5 works, others may concentrate on 1 or 2 – while yet others will give more options. Show up at your venue, pay the admission fee (if there is one) and then look slowly – 5-10 minutes – at each piece of pre-assigned art or exhibition.
- Discuss your experience with venue hosts and other participants
Published March 23, 2017
Tags: fun, museums
For the last three years the Rijksmuseum has solicited design contributions inspired by the museum collection. Members of the public can download images and submit their creations, which you can now vote on (until April 20). Visit the Rijksstudio site to see the 10 wonderful finalists, and cast your vote.
Published February 8, 2016
Tags: animation, fun, painting
This little video is quite a dreamy thing – digital animations of several Rijksmuseum paintings.
A company named CS Digital Media created these animations as large scale “digital posters” to recognize the anniversary of the Rijksmuseum renovation. (They were on display in various Amsterdam metro stations, unfortunately only for a week.)
You can see more of their animated Rembrandts creations on YouTube
Published November 10, 2015
Tags: auctions, fun
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.
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 April 3, 2015
How many times have you imagined what artists talked about as they worked? What questions did they ask, what observations did they make, how did they work with others? Well now one writer has got into the heads of two medieval monks as they work on their manuscripts, one more senior and experienced, the other a novice with many questions. Enjoy!
Two monks invent bestiaries
Enjoy the whole Two Monks Inventing Things series (and try not to get too frustrated with all the ads and plug-ins….)
Published February 5, 2015
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Tags: fun, photography
If you’ve never seen a murmuration of starlings (and probably few of us have) these photos in the LA Times will make you gasp. A murmuration is the mass movement of an entire flock. The photos are like a series of very temporary sculptures.