WTVR: These Virginia museums are teaming up to preserve historical treasures

WTVR: These Virginia museums are teaming up to preserve historical treasures. “The Virginia Museum of History and Culture (VMHC) and the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia (BHMVA) recently announced a permanent partnership in which extensive collections of original documents, photographs and artifacts will be housed and cataloged at VMHC’s facilities. Eventually, the items will be digitized and placed in VHMC’s online database so that anyone can review and research the items.”

Newswise: Museums Put Ancient DNA to Work for Wildlife

Newswise: Museums Put Ancient DNA to Work for Wildlife. “Scientists who are trying to save species at the brink of extinction are finding help in an unexpected place. Heather Farrington, curator of zoology for the Cincinnati Museum Center, is using DNA from specimens collected more than 100 years ago to help understand the evolution and stresses faced by today’s animals.”

The rise of made-for-Instagram exhibits: How social media is shaping art and the way you experience it (Forge Today)

Forge Today: The rise of made-for-Instagram exhibits: How social media is shaping art and the way you experience it. “The desire for content has contributed to the recent success of ‘experiences’ within the industry, where exhibitions are judged for their ‘Instagramability’ and how well they photograph. The general rule appears to be the more aesthetic or interesting the exhibition, the more traction it receives, with the worldwide success of Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms (there are currently 838k photos with the tag #yayoikusama on Instagram) or the Guggenheim’s America (a golden toilet recently stolen from Blenheim Palace after 100,000 people waited to use it) often used as prime examples.”

Brisbane Times: Iconic Stratocaster launches Powerhouse Museum’s virtual collection

Brisbane Times: Iconic Stratocaster launches Powerhouse Museum’s virtual collection. “In the summer of 1963, Jan and Dean and The Beach Boys were top of the pops and so too were Australian surf band The Atlantics with a twangy surf instrumental that made its four band members household names. Fame proved fleeting with The Beatles soon to dominate the music charts but the red Fender Stratocaster used to create that unique reverberated sound is one of the first culturally significant objects in the Powerhouse Museum collection to be digitised.”

Herald-Dispatch: Online database allows visitors to explore museum collection

Herald-Dispatch: Online database allows visitors to explore museum collection. “The Huntington Museum of Art has added the PastPerfect collections database to its website so that visitors can explore thousands of objects in HMA’s permanent art holdings. ‘The Huntington Museum of Art owns more than 16,000 art objects and the PastPerfect collections database will allow visitors to search for individual pieces of artwork to learn more about each one,’ said HMA Registrar Linda Sanns, whose job duties include maintaining records and locations for the thousands of objects in HMA’s care.”