Notre Dame News: Notre Dame launches platform for online access to library, museum holdings

Notre Dame News: Notre Dame launches platform for online access to library, museum holdings. “The Hesburgh Libraries and the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame have launched Marble (Museum, Archives, Rare Books and Libraries Exploration) — an online teaching and research platform designed to make distinctive cultural heritage collections from across the University accessible through a single portal…. Faculty, students and the general public can browse Marble and download select digitized materials from the Snite Museum of Art, Rare Books & Special Collections and the University Archives in a single platform — including books, manuscripts, sculptures, paintings, photographs, ephemera and more. Each item displays one or more images with descriptive information and linked metadata to view related or similar items.”

The Art Newspaper: Security guards become guest curators at the Baltimore Museum of Art

The Art Newspaper: Security guards become guest curators at the Baltimore Museum of Art. “Museum security officers, the people who probably spend the most time looking at art, will soon be organising an exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) as guest curators. The show Guarding the Art, due to open in March 2022, will bring together a selection of works that resonate with each of the 17 participating officers, and offer ‘different perspectives from within the museum hierarchy’, says the curator and art historian Lowery Stokes Sims, who helped develop the project.”

Journey from Digital to Physical: 9 NFT Galleries You Can Physically Visit in 2021 (Coinspeaker)

Coinspeaker: Journey from Digital to Physical: 9 NFT Galleries You Can Physically Visit in 2021. “Before we go ahead and list down the 9 popular choices to visit, let’s recap our understanding of what exactly is an NFT. In simple words, these non-fungible tokens store digital data whose authenticity as well as ownership are defined by the blockchain technology used in their creation. Each token is unique to the digital data it stores and is not interchangeable like the regular currency. Here are the 9 most popular galleries to visit this year.”

Remezcla: Karen Vidángos of ‘Latina in Museums’ Talks Inclusivity + Hopes for More Diverse Future in the Art World

Remezcla: Karen Vidángos of ‘Latina in Museums’ Talks Inclusivity + Hopes for More Diverse Future in the Art World. “Among the staff at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, is a social media specialist named Karen Vidángos, also known by her social media moniker ‘Latina In Museums.’ The Bolivian-American art history and museum studies graduate merges her social media savvy background with passion for art to explore underrepresented perspectives and amplify the immersion of the Latine community in museum institutions through her platform Latinx Curated.”

Hyperallergic: Argentina’s Military Government May Have Stolen from Its Own Museum to Fund Falklands War

Hyperallergic: Argentina’s Military Government May Have Stolen from Its Own Museum to Fund Falklands War. “At 1am on December 25, 1980, four burglars entered the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires, Argentina, through a gap in the roof, and took 16 Impressionist works and seven early Chinese sculptures. The heist was peculiar for its seamlessness: ladders presumably left by construction workers made it easier for the thieves to break in. Two night guards keeping watch that night were tortured and arrested by state police, but no one has ever been charged with the crime to this day. And according to anecdotal accounts by witnesses, an army truck was seen parked outside the museum.”

Snapchat’s Five Los Angeles AR Monuments: What Are They & How To View Them (ScreenRant)

ScreenRant: Snapchat’s Five Los Angeles AR Monuments: What Are They & How To View Them. “Snapchat has partnered with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to create five augmented reality monuments around LA. The LACMA × Snapchat: Monumental Perspectives artworks were built using Snapchat’s technology and can be viewed through the Snapchat Camera. They are intended for exploring the histories of LA communities and to highlight their perspectives.”

Saint Louis Art Museum: National summit on diversity at museums will focus on the Romare Bearden fellowship

Saint Louis Art Museum: National summit on diversity at museums will focus on the Romare Bearden fellowship. “The Saint Louis Art Museum will host arts professionals from around the country for a summit on increasing diversity among professional staff within museums and cultural institutions. The virtual event will focus on the Romare Bearden Graduate Museum Fellowship, a nearly 30-year program at the museum that has been hailed as a national model.” The event is May 6. It’s free but requires registration.

France24: Louvre museum makes its entire collection available online

France24: Louvre museum makes its entire collection available online. “The Louvre museum in Paris said Friday it has put nearly half a million items from its collection online for the public to visit free of charge. As part of a major revamp of its online presence, the world’s most-visited museum has created a new database of 482,000 items… with more than three-quarters already labelled with information and pictures.”

Gisborne Herald: Opening up the collection

Gisborne Herald: Opening up the collection. “Only about 1 percent of Tairawhiti Museum’s collection can be exhibited in the museum at any one time but digital technology means the entire collection can be curated online….Due to be launched tomorrow, the museum’s collection website is a work in progress. The museum has more than 40,000 items catalogued in its internal collection database and these will gradually be added to the online database.”

WTHR: Newfields releases action plan following racially insensitive job posting

WTHR: Newfields releases action plan following racially insensitive job posting. ” Newfields has released the action plan it promised after the community criticized the organization for a racially insensitive job listing. In the job posting, it listed that a role of the director position would be to find ‘[…] innovative ways that attract a broader and more diverse audience while maintaining the Museum’s traditional, core, white art audience.’”

Mapping the pandemic’s digital deluge: one academic is trying to collate the online projects of every single museum (The Art Newspaper)

The Art Newspaper: Mapping the pandemic’s digital deluge: one academic is trying to collate the online projects of every single museum. “Forget the Year of the Rat, 2020 should go down in history as the Year of the Digital. As lockdowns spread across the world, online events began stacking up….A few websites popped up in an attempt to gather these events into one place, including the English sites Culture Fix, from the digital agency Substrakt, and Cultural Digital: Streams, by Chris Unitt, the founder of the digital agency One Further, with several more in other languages. One of the most comprehensive and international of these aggregation sites is a map of museums’ digital initiatives during the pandemic.”

IndyStar: Newfields director job post calling to maintain ‘core, white art audience’ sees criticism

IndyStar: Newfields director job post calling to maintain ‘core, white art audience’ sees criticism. “Newfields, the home of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, was under fire Saturday over its job description for a new director that stated applicants would need to maintain the museum’s ‘traditional, core, white art audience.’ That phrase, ironically, was included in a larger bullet point — under ‘other responsibilities’ — that actually sought to note the need for the museum to reach a more diverse audience.”