The Art Newspaper: As Iceland braces for the winter, museums lobby for more storage

The Art Newspaper: As Iceland braces for the winter, museums lobby for more storage. “The fallout of the British Museum scandal is on the minds of museum directors in Reykjavik, the tiny capital city of Iceland, thousands of miles from London. With winter coming, the directors of the country’s many museums and galleries are lobbying their government for better quality storage facilities, so they are fully able to account for their holdings and can ensure their collection is safe.”

CODART: More than 70 Summaries of Museums and Institutions with Dutch and Flemish Collections in the Netherlands Published

CODART: More than 70 Summaries of Museums and Institutions with Dutch and Flemish Collections in the Netherlands Published. “As part of CODART’s 25th anniversary year, the summary texts of museum collections with Dutch and Flemish art on this website are being greatly expanded in two installments. In March we announced the addition of more than 40 summaries of Belgian collections, and now we announce the addition of around 70 new summary texts of public collections in the Netherlands with significant holdings of art from the Low Countries. The texts were written exclusively for the CODART website by, or in collaboration with, curators of the collection in question.”

Denver Post: The Denver Art Museum has been quietly removing plundered artworks from its website without explanation

Denver Post: The Denver Art Museum has been quietly removing plundered artworks from its website without explanation. “For years, the Denver museum has carefully curated which repatriations and deaccessions — pieces removed from its collection — it chooses to publicly announce, a practice that goes against industry recommendations. Unlike some other institutions, it’s impossible in Denver to see which pieces, and how many, the museum has returned after foreign governments or U.S. authorities provided evidence that they were stolen or illegally trafficked.”

The Art Newspaper: Pandemic-fueled shift from in-person to virtual art activities may be permanent, two US surveys suggest

The Art Newspaper: Pandemic-fueled shift from in-person to virtual art activities may be permanent, two US surveys suggest. “A comprehensive statistical report of the 2022 SPPA data will be released next year, although a summarised report released today (18 October)—which aims to examine its results in light of the effects of the 2020 pandemic outbreak—reveals that the impact of the Covid-19 era made Americans increasingly inclined to consume art through their screens rather than in-person, even after government restrictions were lifted.”

New York Times: What Happens When an Artist’s Technology Becomes Obsolete?

New York Times: What Happens When an Artist’s Technology Becomes Obsolete?. “A museum’s task of protecting art in perpetuity has remained fixed, even as artists’ materials have changed. Art institutions are likely the only places in the world that are currently planning how they might be able to fix an Oculus Rift 50 years from now. Rather than keep stockpiles of expensive and obsolete technology in storage, museums have to find clever ways around software updates, from video game emulators to server farms to niche businesses like CTL.”

CODART: Video Series Highlights 25 Essential Skills for Curators

CODART: Video Series Highlights 25 Essential Skills for Curators. “As part of our 25th anniversary celebrations, we have been putting the spotlight on curators. To introduce the profession to a wider audience, we are currently releasing a series of videos illustrating the ‘25 essential skills for curators’. These very short, thirty-second clips provide a quick glimpse into the many facets that make up the work of a curator.”

WVTF: Students at Radford University are digitizing more than 2,500 pieces of art

WVTF: Students at Radford University are digitizing more than 2,500 pieces of art. “Below ground in the basement of the Radford University Art Museum, students are at work cataloguing more than 2,500 pieces of art from the museum’s permanent collection for a new online database. This collection includes work by Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Dorothy Gillespie, as well as pieces that Radford students have created over the years.”

Chazen Museum of Art: Mellon Grant Helps Exhibition Archive Go Online

Chazen Museum of Art: Mellon Grant Helps Exhibition Archive Go Online. “When completed, the Chazen’s digital exhibition archive will include thousands of high-resolution images and documents from the museum’s physical archive…As well, high-resolution images of about 3,000 of the museum’s 24,000 permanent collection objects are online, making highly detailed remote viewing widely available for the first time.”

Midwestern State University: WFMA brings new tool for learning, research

Midwestern State University: WFMA brings new tool for learning, research. “After years of hard work, the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU Texas is thrilled to announce that its Collection Database is now LIVE on its website…. Consisting primarily of works on paper by American artists, the Permanent Collection holds more than 1,600 fine art pieces from 1677 to the present. The Collection also includes paintings, sculptures, and historical photographs.”

Chapman University: View Hilbert Museum Collections Online with eMuseum

Chapman University: View Hilbert Museum Collections Online with eMuseum. “The Hilbert Museum of California Art has made it easier than ever to view their world-class collection of art, wherever and whenever you are. The entire museum collection — over 1,200 pieces of California scene painting, American illustration, animation art and more donated to Chapman University by Mark and Janet Hilbert — can now be viewed 24/7 as part of the eMuseum online platform.”

The Art Newspaper: New augmented reality app turns objects at the Metropolitan Museum into digital gaming accessories

The Art Newspaper: New augmented reality app turns objects at the Metropolitan Museum into digital gaming accessories. “The Metropolitan Museum of Art is edging closer to the metaverse in a bid to shake up the museum-going experience. The museum announced today that it has partnered with telecommunications company Verizon to launch Replica, a new app that allows users to engage with art from its collections in virtual space. The app can be used with Roblox, the popular gaming platform, where a new virtual version of the Met, including spaces like its Fifth Avenue façade and its Great Hall, can be explored.”

Virtual Couriering: An Alternative for More Sustainable Loans? (CODART)

CODART: Virtual Couriering: An Alternative for More Sustainable Loans?. “As for any industry, sustainability is a pressing matter for museums and the art world. In a series of features, CODART will explore this topic and what museums and curators can do. For this article, CODART spoke to several people in the field about the overlooked aspects of virtual couriering and other ways in which museums can deal more sustainably with loan traffic.” I didn’t have a good understanding of virtual couriering, but this article from Artnet helped a lot.