Wednesday, April 23, 2014

National Museum of Women in the Arts on Google Art Project

The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., recently announced a collaboration with Google Art Project.

"There are 59 artworks from NMWA, as well as a virtual tour of the museum. Google also created a gigapixel photo of Rachel Ruysch’s Roses, Convolvulus, Poppies, and Other Flowers in an Urn on a Stone Ledge, which allows you to zoom into the artwork to see incredible detail not visible to the naked eye."

The NMWA will be adding more modern and contemporary works as well.  Read more about the project in the museum's press release.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Art Everywhere US!

"The Art Everywhere US campaign is a public celebration of great American art exhibited on thousands of out of home (OOH) advertising displays across America. OOH advertising displays include billboards, bus shelters, subway posters, and much more."

An interesting project with some complex logistics!  Vote for your favorite artworks and see how they are displayed everywhere!

Art Everywhere UK happened in the Summer of 2013; you can read about it in the Guardian.  Who would have guessed the top two choices were Pre-Raphaelites!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Blaschka Glass Models

The father and son team of  Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka created meticulous and incredible glass models of sea creatures and floral specimens in the second half of the nineteenth-century.  Examples of their work can be seen in a number of museums, including the Natural History Museum in London and the Corning Museum of Glass, which produced this short video on an exhibition of Blaschka Glass models.
The fragility of these models is understandably a concern to curators.  A video produced by the Natural History Museum in London discusses these concerns and described the process by which 3-D scans were made of some of the models as a way to understand and preserve them.

The glass models are a compelling combination of art and science, and a wonderful example of the complexities of curating such objects.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Digital Scrolling Paintings Project: University of Chicago

The Center for the Art of East Asia at the University of Chicago is involved in a project to digitize Chinese handscroll pantings to over come issues of display and handling with these delicate and odd-sized objects.

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The Digital Scrolling Paintings Project was initiated to support teaching within the east Asian painting classes taught at the University of Chicago but also incorporates a collaborative, public access section.

The Scrolling Paintings website has a public-access portion that includes works of art by agreements with collaborating institutions. These include the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Smart Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the St. Louis Art Museum, and the University of Chicago Library. We are continuing to build the website with additional paintings and hope to collaborate with other museums to include paintings held in their collections.
One such publicly access ible scrolls is Chen Rong's 13th century Five Dragons scroll  from the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art.

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This screenshot demonstrates the navigational tool that allows you to view the length of the scroll in detail (the red selection box in the inset above).

This is a terrific project and one that can be useful in classrooms of many disciplines!