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!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Group Image Downloads to PowerPoint!

ARTstor has made it possible for users to download as many as 150 images at a time!  Read about it in the ARTstor blog, where a short user video is displayed as well.

Remember that the University of Denver subscribes to ARTstor so you can reach the vast digital image library through the website for the University Libraries. Make sure you register and log in (at the top right in ARTstor's homepage) for access to all of ARTstor's features, including image downloading and creating personal image groups!