- The Metropolitan Museum of Art now has the best online collection in New York, just edging out the Frick. True, in a way this is faint praise: MoMA has only small parts of its collection online and what’s there is not always easy to find/use. The Guggenheim and the Whitney also keep online collection access at a pretty low level. The Hispanic Society of America has a website seemingly leftover from the 1990s. The Met has a lot of collection online, across lots of collection areas, and it now allows visitors to download high-resolution images of many works. (This is why Met > Frick for me; I’m not a fan of the Zoomify applet that the Frick uses.) Next up: Improving the search feature, which struggles with multi-word searches or combinations of artist + title: My last search for Leon Golub instead delivered Velazquez.
- The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia’s studio tour. OK, so the museum has only done this once: Yesterday, when it visited the studio of Charline von Heyl [above right], whose work is currently on view at the museum. But tweeting a studio visit with an artist is a good idea, one that I suspect many contemporary art institutions will copy.
- Embracing Tumblr. Whether it’s the Art Institute of Chicago smartly and awesomely Tumblring much of the work in its just-closed “Windows on the War: Soviet TASS Posters at Home and Abroad, 1941-1945″ show, the Art Gallery of Ontario posting its collection or SFMOMA reblogging visitors, art, or posting content from its digital archives, museums are realizing Tumblr can help them reach non-traditional (particularly young) audiences. Still the undisputed champ: The Albright-Knox’s Sol LeWitt Tumblr.
- Conservation features. Museums do a lot more than exhibit art — but don’t always effectively communicate such to their audiences. Conservation-related web videos and such have proliferated in recent years. The latest don’t-miss example: MoMA’s de Kooning “methods and materials” website section.
- Previews and teases: Last week SFMOMA revealed via its Twitter and Tumblr accounts that it would paint its atrium black for a new Jim Campbell installation. It’s a small item, but it helped build buzz for this.
- Update: There’s already one I forgot in the comments. I have a feeling there will be more….
Art-focused Journalism by Tyler Green
Tyler Green Modern Art Notes
October 25, 2011, 9:26 am