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
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 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.
Published December 18, 2013
Tags: getty, google, LACMA
Google 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.
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.