Artforum: Leonard A. Lauder Research Center For Modern Art Launches Digital Archives. “The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art has established a new initiative to make inaccessible or rare documents available online. The project, created in collaboration with the Met’s digital department, seeks to advance scholarship through digital access to primary-source materials.”
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Scaling the Mission: The Met Collection API. “Today, The Metropolitan Museum of Art launches a new public API for the collection. Through The Met Collection API, users can connect to a live feed of all Creative Commons Zero (CC0) data and 406,000 images from the The Met collection, all available for use without copyright or restriction.”
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is looking for help identifying studio portraits of African-Americans. This link goes to a Facebook post. “This exhibition presents more than one hundred and fifty studio portraits of African Americans from the mid-twentieth century. To this day, both photographers and subjects remain mostly unidentified. Does someone look familiar?”
Hyperallergic: Metropolitan Museum Aims for Accessibility with Sign Language Tours on Facebook Live. “In the past couple of years, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has made an effort to reach new audiences on the internet. In February 2017, the museum launched its Open Access initiative, making hundreds of thousands of high-resolution images of works in its collections available for free and unrestricted use online. Last fall, the Met’s Access and Community Programs Education Department tapped into social media, presenting its first American Sign Language (ASL) tour on Facebook Live.”
Met Museum: Creating Access beyond metmuseum.org: The Met Collection on Wikipedia. “Spanning 5,000 years of human history, the Museum’s comprehensive collection is relevant to audiences across the globe. There is an artwork in the collection that could inspire any one of the 3.9 billion internet-connected people in the world. Our goal is to reduce the distance between each of those people and the artwork that would inspire them, and Open Access is one of the major tactics to move us closer to that goal. With the initiative now one year young, it is interesting to take a moment to note the impact it has had.”
The Met: Celebrating Six Months of Open Access, plus The Met on Google BigQuery. “It’s been six months since The Met launched its Open Access initiative, which made available all 375,000+ images of public-domain works in The Met collection under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). During what is just the dawn of this new initiative, the responses so far have been incredible.” Don’t miss the bit on BigQuery!
W Magazine: There’s a Nonstop Dinner Party to Instagram on the Met’s Rooftop This Summer. “Last summer, the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art played host to Cornelia Parker’s mix of a classic red barn house and the Victorian mansion from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho, which was actually only a façade. This year, though, the museum’s annual roof garden commission is much more inviting: visitors are free to join in on a frozen bacchanal, cocktails in hand, which the Argentinian artist Adrián Villar Rojas created by mining the institution’s collection and casting his picks from sections like African art and Antiquity in plaster, then coating them in weatherproof automotive paint.”