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Artstor announces three major releases in material culture and Anthropology

Feather cape – made of peacock feathers, etc. (pelerine). South African? 1820-1830. Image and original data provided by Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. © President and Fellows of Harvard College (courtesy Artstor, harvard_peabody_awss35953_35953_387510640Artstor has just released more than 170,000 new images in Anthropology from three major institutions:

  1. Réunion des Musées Nationaux and Art Resource are contributing nearly 1,400 images of works from the Musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac.
  2. The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia has released approximately 75,000 images of art and cultural objects from the museum’s permanent collection.
  3. The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University is contributing more than 95,000 additional images of objects from their permanent collection, bringing their total in Artstor to approximately 143,000.

These releases span global cultures past and present – including African, Native North American, Pre-Columbian, European, Oceanic, Aboriginal Australian, and Asian cultures – and includes rare and valuable material including sacred objects and architecture, as well as clothing, jewelry, and tools.

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New Artstor resource: 36,000 images from the Center for Creative Photography

Brett Weston, untitled, 1973, Gelatin silver print (Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona; Gift of Wynn Bullock; Accession Number: 76.3.3; Artstor Image ID: AWSS35953_35953_37981071)The Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona has contributed nearly 36,000 images to the Artstor Digital Library. The Center is recognized as one of the world’s finest academic art museums and study centers for the history of photography.

The Center opened in 1975 with the archives of five living master photographers — Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, and Frederick Sommer — and has grown to include 239 archival collections. Among these are some of the most recognizable names in 20th-century North American photography: W. Eugene Smith, Lola Alvarez Bravo, Edward Weston, and Garry Winogrand.

This selection from the Center is an essential resource for Photography and a rich repository for Interdisciplinary Studies, supporting research in Environmental Studies, Geography, Social History, and Sustainability.

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.

Open-source platform maps artwork provenance

Screenshot of Mapping Paintings, showing the migration of Titian’s “Europa” (screenshot via mapping paintings.org)Launched by Boston University professor Jodi Cranston, Mapping Paintings is an open-source, searchable platform for compiling provenance data for individual artworks (not just paintings, despite its name), from owners to past locations to details of sales or transactions. It allows you to select artworks of interest and visualize their records across time and space, as plotted on a map.

It’s still in the early stages of development, but one particularly neat feature of Mapping Paintings is that it lets you filter through its database and overlay the paths of selected artworks on one map. So you can compare how different pieces by the same artist have traveled or where artworks currently owned by the same museum came from.

Besides contributing new individual entries to the database, users can also publish what the site deems a “project” — a custom-made map tracking the movement of any number of artworks whose images you upload and whose provenances you enter yourself. All projects are sent to an administrator for review; only those that are accepted as accurate will be added to the online library.

via Hyperallergic

Google launches art and fashion platform We Wear Culture

We Wear Culture: The stories behind what we wearGoogle has partnered with 180 institutions, schools and archives around the world for a new online project focusing on the history of fashion. We Wear Culture, which launched on the Google Arts & Culture website and mobile apps looks at “The stories behind what we wear.”

The project doesn’t just feature pretty pictures of beautiful fashion. We Wear Culture offers immersive 360° VR tours and exhibitions (Google Cardboard recommended) and explores themes like the long-standing collaboration between Art and Fashion, origin stories about iconic designs, trends and trendsetters, and a behind the scenes view of the Conservation Lab of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Like many images in Google Arts & Culture, you can zoom in to see amazing details.

via The Art Newspaper

Archival slides from the Metropolitan Museum find new life as art

Institutional Memory: 35mm Slides from the Met’s CollectionAfter they were digitized, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s massive library of 35-millimeter slides might have ended up as landfill.

Instead they are the materials for an exhibition, Institutional Memory: 35mm Slides from the Met’s Collection, at the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs’s reuse center, Material for the Arts (MFTA). Five artists have transformed the 2×2 in. squares into works of art, from sculptures to a multimedia installation.

via Hyperallergic; h/t Andrea Frank

Registration Open for CaVraCon 2017, June 12-13

CaVraCon 2017, June 12 + 13, UC BerkeleyRegistration is now open for the California Visual Resources Association Conference (CaVraCon). All CaVraCon events will be held June 12-13 at Wurster Hall at UC Berkeley. We welcome information professionals in archives, commercial enterprises, libraries, museums, and visual resources collections (academic, corporate, private) as well as students and interested members of the public to attend.

The program is now live on the CaVraCon conference website! The CaVraCon conference program features presentations and panel discussions on topics such as:

  • Digitization
  • Digital Preservation
  • Copyright
  • 3D/VR
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Digital Humanities
  • Digital Art History
  • Digital Exhibits
  • Digital Assets Management
  • Image Metadata

Please see the online registration form to register. Registration is $50 (or $25 for students and retirees).


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