In July, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts launched a new digital collections website in eMuseum, which allows users to view more than 4,000 of the museum’s works online. The museum focuses on “American painting, sculpture, and ceramics; American and European works on paper (16th century and later); and photography.”
To explore the KIA’s 4,200 works on the web, search or browse their Collections website. The website allows users to view an enlarged version of the work and provides basic catalog records.
For more information on eMuseum, visit our previous blog post on the topic, or conduct a federated search on the collections of more than 600 cultural institutions that host their collections in Gallery Systems’ eMuseum software.
In August, ARTstor made several improvements to the ARTstor Digital Library, including:
- Export 2,000 images to PowerPoint in a 120-day period with up to 150 images per download. (Was previously 1,000 images in a 120-day period).
- Browse through image groups from the Image Group Panel. After opening an Image Group, there will be a tab in the Image Group panel where you can navigate to another image group.
If you have any questions about ARTstor’s new (or old!) features, please do not hesitate to get in contact with the VRC.
The Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago’s Harris School just announced its fall workshop series, which will consider various aspects of “Publishing and Libraries” throughout the quarter. All lectures will take place in the Harris School, room 289B, and are free and open to the public, with no RSVP required.
The first lecture will take place on Tuesday, October 8:
The Mediated Book: eBooks and the Digital Library
Tuesday, October 8, 12–1:20pm
Randal C. Picker “will look at the intersection of law and technological change first for the individual book and then for collections of books.”
Subsequent workshops will cover topics such as:
- Teens, Digital Media, and the Chicago Public Library (10/15)
- Après la Révolution: Publishing in the Post-Digital World (10/22)
- The Human Knowledge Project (10/29)
- Books, Libraries, and the Changing Digital Landscape (11/12)
- Making Cents of Art (11/21)
For more information, check out the Cultural Policy Center’s Events.
The world’s largest film camera is currently at Two North Riverside Plaza, and will be there through Thursday, October 31. The camera was built in order to be used in a project by photographer Dennis Manarchy, from Rockford, IL, called Butterflies & Buffalo: Tales of American Culture.
The camera is 35 feet long, and makes photographs that are larger than life size—more than six feet tall and four feet wide! Manarchy’s project is to make portraits to document at least 50 distinct cultural groups in the United States and plans to travel more than 20,000 miles in order to capture such wide diversity. I’m curious about how they’ll make a darkroom big enough to develop a piece of film that’s bigger than they are!
For more information, visit the Butterflies & Buffalo website, watch the preview for the project on Vimeo, follow them on Facebook or Twitter, or swing by the West Loop to see the camera for yourself.
The Art Institute of Chicago‘s digital collections database offers a feature called “My Collections” that allows users to do several things:
- Create a user profile and log in
- Search for and select works of art from their web collection
- Create multiple My Collections and choose which one you want to save an image to
- Personalize My Collections by adding descriptive notes
- Share My Collections with others via an emailed link (and people you’ve shared My Collections with will be able to see your notes!)
For more information, read about My Collections or explore the Art Institute’s Online Collections.
Hey, new graduate students! If you were previously studying at another institution and would like to transfer your former ARTstor account, please contact ARTstor User Services at email@example.com. You do not need to create a new account.
Please do not hesitate to contact the VRC if you encounter any difficulties. For more information, please see ARTstor FAQs.
This summer, the Europeana digital library launched its first app, Open Culture, which includes a selection of 350,000 images from its online collection of cultural objects from Europe’s institutions. The app is organizied around five curated themes, including Maps and Plans, Treasures of Art, Treasures of the Past, Treasures of Nature, and Images of the Past.
Users can perform keyword searches in the app, or browse through a visual wall of image thumbnails. You can also save favorites, add comments, and share object records on Facebook or Twitter. Perhaps best of all: the images included in the Europeana Open Culture app are either in the public domain or openly licensed, so they may be used for any publishing purpose.
For more information, stop by the VRC to explore Open Culture on our iPad, or visit the App Store.
Via Europeana Blog
The Visual Resources Center will be closed from Friday, August 30th through Monday, September 2nd in observance of Labor Day.
We will reopen for regular hours on Tuesday, September 3rd. Enjoy your weekend and see you next week!
Image information: Labor Day Weekend Brings the Annual Garfield County Fair Parade, 09/1973, courtesy U.S. National Archives and Records Administration Flickr.
Sixty Inches From Center is a not-for-profit organization that documents and engages visual arts in Chicago, and they feature a lot of the documentary material they capture and create on their website, the Chicago Arts Archive.
In addition to providing a lot of news and blog content about upcoming arts events in Chicago, they also include “video, audio, photography, editorial essays, and interviews to document artists and arts events that exist outside of the city’s mainstream cultural institutions.”
For more information, check out the Chicago Arts Archive by Sixty Inches From Center.
The Getty Open Content Program, recently launched, makes high-resolution images of more than 4,600 public domain artworks in the Getty’s collection publicly available to download on the Getty’s website.
In order to download the image file, the website asks you to identify what type of user you are (i.e., an individual or a non-for-profit company) and what your intended use is: personal, publication, non-commercial, or commercial. If you are going to publish the image you will have to provide publication information, but for all other uses, no other information is necessary to access the file and then you are free to use, modify, or publish it for any purpose.
The Getty will continue to increase the number of images available, drawing on works that are in the public domain in the museum’s collection as well as their special collections. They also have plans on expanding the program to include the Getty Vocabularies and other professional resources.
To view all images in the Getty Open Content Program, click here. For more information on the program, visit this blog post by James Cuno or read the FAQ.
Via the Getty Iris.
Image:Eugène Atget. Fête du Trône, 1923. J. Paul Getty Museum, 90.XM.124.5.