Posts Tagged ‘museums and galleries’

Trump and the arts

February 6, 2017

gif by Hrag Vartanian / Hyperallergic

Want to know what the future holds for the NEA and the NEH during the Trump years?

Here is some suggested reading:

“Trump Team Plans to Eliminate National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities,” Hyperallergic, January 19, 2017
“Trump Reportedly Wants to Cut Cultural Programs that Make Up 0.02 Percent of Federal Spending,” The Washington Post, January 19, 2017
“What Trump’s Proposed Spending Cuts Could Mean for the Arts Economy,” Fortune, January 19, 2017
“Trump Reportedly Wants to Eliminate the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities,” artnet news, January 19, 2017
“NEH on the Chopping Block?”, Inside Higher Ed, January 20, 2017
“No Deal for the Arts: It’s No Surprise that Donald Trump Wants to Tell the Arts and Humanities ‘You’re Fired,'” Salon.com, January 22, 2017
CAA Statement on Government Spending Cuts for Arts and Humanities,” CAA (College Arts Association), January 23, 2017
“As Trump Threatens the NEA, an Artist Compiles LL the Projects It Funded Last Year,” Hyperallergic, January 25, 2017
“What if Trump Really Does End Money for the Arts?”, The New York Times, January 30, 2017

Nationalmuseum releases 3,000 images on Wikimedia Commons

October 13, 2016

The Nationalmuseum Stockholm is making 3,000 high-resolution images of its most popular artworks available for free download on wikimedia_commons_3000_images_501x250Wikimedia Commons. Because the Nationalmuseum is currently closed for renovation, only a small part of the collections is accessible to the public. “To provide more opportunity for people to enjoy its artworks, the museum embarked last year on a joint project with Wikimedia Sweden. As a result, high-resolution images of some 3,000 paintings from the collections are now available for download on Wikimedia Commons as public domain. This means they are part of our shared cultural heritage and can be freely used for any purpose. The images are also now zoomable, but not currently downloadable, in Nationalmuseum’s online database.

Link to images on Wikipedia Commons

The Silk Road meets the Information Superhighway

June 16, 2016

The Silk Road and the information superhighway have intersected at “Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on virtualChina’s Silk Road.” This exhibition, currently at the Getty Center in LA until September 4, is the joint effort of the Getty Conservation Institute, the Dunhuang Academy and the Chinese government who share a goal to protect and conserve the ancient decorated temples known as the Mogao Grottoes. This partnership has existed for 27 years and has employed the Getty’s “whole-body medicine” approach to preservation which involves a holistic, all encompassing assessment of the site (weather, temperature, geologic stability etc.) in addition to an evaluation of artistic styles and materials.

You can read more about their joint conservation work here and learn more about the exhibition, including installation videos here.

Update on damage at the Mosul Museum

March 9, 2015

For everyone saddened by the events at the Mosul Museum in February, please take a look at Projislamic-state-2015-iraq-nineveh-cultural-heritage-political-violence-150226-00h02m39sect Mosul. Project Mosul is an action by the Initial Training Network for Digital Cultural Heritage that is looking for volunteers to help them virtually restore the Mosul Museum. They need to find photos, process data, contribute to the construction of their website and help them organize the effort to identify the artifacts in the Mosul Museum. If you are interested in joining their effort, email projectmosul@itn-dch.net.
If you are trying to keep up to date on the state of the Mosul Museum and the Assyrian archeological objects, here are a few blogs to follow:
Gates of Nineveh
Conflict Antiquities
Association for Research into Crimes Against Art (ARCA)
SAFE/Saving Antiquities for Everyone

Freer and Sackler Galleries release entire collection online

January 27, 2015

Ondigitization January 1, the Freer and Sackler Galleries released their complete digitized collection online. More than 40,000 works from the Smithsonian’s Asian and American art museums are now available, with more than 90 percent of the images available in high resolution and without copyright restrictions for noncommercial use. The Freer and Sackler Galleries are the first of the Smithsonian Museums to release their entire collection online. The project required 6,000 staff hours in the past year, 10 terabytes of data, and 50,000 images. Rapid Capture Pilot Project was utilized to quickly digitize the enormous collection of objects.

The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery contain some of the most important holdings of Asian art in the world. They also house Whistler’s Peacock Room, numerous Whistler paintings, drawings and prints, as well as works by Whistler’s contemporaries. You can search this amazing collection here.

New MoMA App

November 4, 2014

The Museum of Modern Art has developed a newappnew app for iOS devices. Features include museum and art tours with artists and curators, “My Collections” — a tool enabling users to create collections of favorite media and images, a calendar for browsing exhibitions, events and film screenings, museums directories and maps and the ability to share via email, Facebook or Twitter your favorite art, events or photos.

To learn more about this free app, you can read more on MoMA’s FAQ page.  The MoMA iPhone App is available in the iTunes App Store.

Shrem Museum groundbreaking

February 26, 2014

Groundbreaking for events-groundbreakinglogo the Shrem Museum is finally here. The ceremonial groundbreaking will occur at 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 1, at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for Performing Arts. The ceremony will be indoors, and will process outdoors as William Wiley rings his piece, Gong, which will be installed outside the Mondavi Center. Afterwards, you are welcome to join an art fair and reception. Students will display their work, and the museum’s architects will give a talk at 4:30pm.

If you would like to attend, please email: eventrsvp@ucdavis.edu
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Kiev cultural sites and objects threatened

February 20, 2014
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Kiev Museum in use as a field hospital

The Art Newspaper is regularly reporting on the impact of the Kiev uprising and its impact of Kiev cultural sites and objects.  According to AN reporters, the National Art Museum of Ukraine, which is located in the riot zone on Hrushevskoho Street, and the Ukrainsky Dom are caught in the middle of the month-long street battles. The National Art Museum of Ukraine was lit on fire is currently closed and blocked with its collection hidden within the museum for protection. The Ukrainsky Dome, which houses the Kiev History Museum, was seized by protesters but has since be captured by government forces. The Ukrainsky Dome’s Faceook page has noted that the storage space for the history collection has been completely ransacked.

The Museum’s director appealed to both government officials and opposition leaders, asking them to “remember their responsibility in preserving the cultural heritage of the state [and] refrain from deliberate or accidental actions that may damage the museum and the surrounding territory”.

The National Art Museum of Ukraine has a collection of 40,000 objects from 12th-century icons to masterpieces of the Ukrainian baroque and works by the avant-garde sculptor Alexander Archipenko and the painter Alexandra Exter.

Corcoran Gallery of Art in financial crisis

February 20, 2014

Corcoran_Gallery_of_Art_-_Washington_DC_-_DSC01051As a result of disappearing endowments, mushrooming debt and expensive building renovations, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC has announced that it may be forced to close its doors and partner with the National Gallery of Art and the George Washington University. The Corcoran Gallery of Art is the oldest private art museum in the nation. The boards of all three institutions must approve the plan before this proposal moves forward.

The proposal requires the Corcoran to relinquish control of its art collection of ca. 17,000 art works to the National Gallery while it’s art college — the Corcoran College of Art + Design — would continue to operate but under the control of George Washington University. The University will also assume ownership of the building, including the $100 million in needed renovations. The National Gallery would exhibit the Corcoran modern and contemporary art collection under the label Corcoran Contemporary, National Gallery of Art; all artworks added to the National Gallery will retain their identification from the Corcoran Collection.  Artwork not consistent with those in collection in the National Gallery will be distributed to other American museums.

The plan is scheduled for a vote by the boards in April.

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Read more about the “Corcoran’s Future Plans,” including community letters and press releases here.

The Corcoran is not alone in its financial crisis. The Board of Trustees for the Everson Museum in Syracuse, New York, also recently announced its intention to establish a special task for to develop and implement a plan to get the museum out of the $500,000 deficit projected for 2014. A first step in the process was the discontinuation of special, traveling exhibitions.

Government shutdown and the arts

October 2, 2013

Budget BattleSo the government shutdown has become a reality — the first shutdown since the month long closure in 1995. What does that mean for the arts and for our image/research users? The National Endowment for the Arts is essentially closed and half its staff furloughed. The Smithsonian’s 19 museums and galleries are closed although the institutions remain guarded, HVAC systems are operating and maintenance crews are on call. Some current exhibitions may end early and others will have their rollouts disrupted. The National Zoo is closed and the panda cam is offline.ngaclosed National Parks are closed until further notice and national monuments are barricaded. Not only is the Library of Congress closed but its website is down. While you can’t access LC’s American Memory Project and the Prints and Photographs Collection, the National Archives catalog remains online (for the moment…) but without updates.