Posts Tagged 'LACMA'

Save the Date – PST: LA/LA Free Day

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LAOver 50 museums across southern California will offer free admission on Sunday, September 17, to celebrate the launch of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. Click here for a list of participating museums.

Visit PST: LA/LA for the extensive event calendar and information on exhibitions.

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LACMA promised John Lautner-designed house

John Lautner, James Goldstein House, View of living room (image courtesy LACMA)What do The Big Lebowski, Rihanna, and James Turrell have in common? LACMA, of course!

The museum announced that fashion and basketball aficionado James Goldstein promised the gift of his John Lautner-designed home, its contents, and the surrounding estate, nestled in the hills above the city. Featuring an iconic angular roof and expansive views of L.A., the house stood in for Jackie Treehorn’s abode in the cult indie film, hosted Rihanna’s birthday party, and shares its lush tropical grounds with a remarkable Skyspace, Above Horizon.

via LACMA Unframed

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.

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.

Next Practices in Museum Digital and Technology

View of "You Are Here" exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California (photo: Matthew Millman, courtesy of Oakland Museum of California)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.

Art Museum Day 2015

Docents leading a gallery tour at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (photo: SBMA)The 6th annual Art Museum Day, organized by the Association of Art Museum Directors in conjunction with the International Council of Museumswill 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.

Another Google Art initiative

GoogleGoogle has recently unveiled Google Open Gallery, created as part of the Google Cultural Institute.  It allows users to create online exhibitions, in the manner of Omeka.   It is targeted at museums and galleries, and has already partnered with the Getty and LACMA; however some of the sample galleries on their site have been created by artists, collectors, and fans, and it clearly has value for classroom projects.  In addition to allowing users to create online curated collections, it offers enhancements such as image zoom and term search features.

Read more about the initiative in the LA Times.


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