New York Times: A Eureka Moment, Recreated in Film

New York Times: A Eureka Moment, Recreated in Film. “The efforts by the Museum of Fine Arts to make art more accessible through technology is part of a larger trend, said Eric Longo, executive director of MCN, an association for museum professionals to share practices about emerging technologies (previously called the Museum Computer Network). ‘Most museums have increased the size of their digital teams,’ he said, and many museums now have tech labs and innovation incubators to develop and test new ideas.”

Toronto Star: The End of History? Why we must reopen the archives

Toronto Star: The End of History? Why we must reopen the archives. “Many Canadian public archives have closed during the pandemic for reasons that are neither surprising nor frivolous. Like other parts of the public sector, archives were shuttered for the greater public good. No one wants archivists or patrons to work in unsafe conditions. But schools and libraries are figuring out how to open safely and have been open for well over a month. Why have some of Canada’s major archives been so slow to reopen?”

Report: Cultural institutions took federal money but still let go of workers (American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees)

American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees: Report: Cultural institutions took federal money but still let go of workers. “Some of the nation’s largest cultural institutions accepted more than $1.6 billion in federal help to weather the coronavirus pandemic, but continued to let go of workers – even though the assistance was meant to shore up payrolls and keep workers on the job, according to a report released by AFSCME Cultural Workers United.”

Getty: Introducing Becoming Artsy

Getty: Introducing Becoming Artsy . “Take a dynamic ride through Getty’s collections, laboratories, gardens, and more with Becoming Artsy, a new YouTube series. Host Jessie Hendricks brings viewers along while she explores the world of art. ‘What is a museum?’ she asks, and, ‘how do I experience art?’ ​She brings her curiosity and enthusiasm as she meets the people who make Getty’s art accessible to everyone.”

South Street Seaport Museum: South Street Seaport Museum Announces Expanded Digital Galleries In Collections Online Portal

South Street Seaport Museum: South Street Seaport Museum Announces Expanded Digital Galleries In Collections Online Portal . “In March 2021, the Museum launched a Collections Online Portal, which today features over 2,000 pieces on virtual display, allowing audiences to explore New York City’s past through the archives, artifacts, and photographs of the South Street Seaport Museum. This third iteration includes over 400 newly digitized works of art and historic objects covering a variety of mediums, historical subjects, and themes relating to the growth and changing physical fabric of New York City as a world port.”

The Conversation: Old, goopy museum specimens can tell fascinating stories of wildlife history. Finally, we can read them

The Conversation: Old, goopy museum specimens can tell fascinating stories of wildlife history. Finally, we can read them. “In response to the extinction crisis, the call is out to scour Australia’s collections for data to fill knowledge gaps. For many species, however, recovering historical genetic data has been severely impeded, not by a lack of specimens but by the methods used to preserve them. This is where my new research comes in. Our paper shows how natural history collections around the world can squeeze every last drop of historical genetic data out of their specimens, from dried iridescent wings of butterflies to platypus bills floating in alcohol.”

Digital exhibition “Open Histories” shows puzzling objects from the German Maritime Museum collection (Deutsches Schifffahrtsmuseum)

Deutsches Schifffahrtsmuseum (German Maritime Museum): Digital exhibition “Open Histories” shows puzzling objects from the German Maritime Museum collection. “Whether paintings, ship models or wooden objects: Many objects in the collection of the German Maritime Museum (DSM)/ Leibniz Institute for Maritime History in Bremerhaven pose mysteries about their history of origin. The exhibition and mediation project ‘Open Histories’ opens the view on the museum as an archive. Objects with unknown histories from colonial contexts are given new consideration. Some of them are presented to the public for the first time ever. Important information about the objects is missing. Some are not even properly described.”

Warbird Digest: Rare Short Films Now Online Digital Delights

Warbird Digest: Rare Short Films Now Online Digital Delights. “Eighty-six selections from The Museum of Flight’s collection of rare, behind-the-scenes movies have been digitized for the first time and are now online. The films date from World War I to Apollo 13. Most of the films are privately shot footage and home movies that offer surprising views of local culture and aerospace history not available anywhere else. Highlights include home movies of flight attendants at work and leisure circa 1940; making and flying German fighters in 1918; Alaska bush flying the 1940s; Aerocar fun in 1968; and Bill Boeing partying with friends circa 1930.”

BloombergQuint: Danish Artist Takes Museum’s Money and Runs, Calls It Artwork

BloombergQuint: Danish Artist Takes Museum’s Money and Runs, Calls It Artwork. “Jens Haaning had agreed with Kunsten museum, in northern Denmark, that he would borrow the money to replicate earlier work which displayed the annual incomes of an Austrian and a Dane. But when the museum in Aalborg opened the box that Haaning had shipped, the cash was missing from the two glass frames and the artwork’s title had been changed.” The money he took equals about $84,000 USD.

CTPost: Barnum Museum gets $500K grant toward restoration, more than a decade after tornado forced it to close

CTPost: Barnum Museum gets $500K grant toward restoration, more than a decade after tornado forced it to close. “Restorations at the shuttered Barnum Museum are still in progress, but a federal grant to the tune of $500,000 could pick up the pace. Famed showman P.T. Barnum’s eponymous museum announced recently that it received a Save America’s Treasures grant from the National Park Service to fix the building’s 79 unique windows.”

Manila Times: The National Museum of the Philippines launches its new website

Manila Times: The National Museum of the Philippines launches its new website. “The new website hopes to strengthen the relationship of the museum with its communities, especially those who have limited access to our facilities brought about by closure due to health protocols or physical limitations. We intend it to be a reliable online information resource site that can serve the needs and interest of fellow government employees, and its varied audiences, locally, nationally, and globally. Some of its salient features are views to exhibitions in video format or 360 virtual tours, highlights to collections in our care, news and events, job opportunities in our museum and downloadable forms.”

UK Research and Innovation: Artificial intelligence supports culture and heritage exploration

UK Research and Innovation: Artificial intelligence supports culture and heritage exploration. “AHRC awards £14.5 million to five projects which will transform online access to the UK’s culture and heritage collections by harnessing innovative technologies. This will include machine learning and citizen-led archiving which will connect the UK’s cultural artefacts and historical archives in new ways.”