The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Link Love: 6/11/2010
by Catherine Shteynberg on June 11, 2010
- New collections have been digitized at the Archives of American Art, including papers of writer John Weatherwax relating to his work and friendship with Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, and gallery announcements from the Irving Blum Gallery for contemporary and Pop artists. [via Susannah Wells, SPI]
- Did NASA create a secret museum on the moon? [via C-MONSTER.net]
- Joerg Colberg writes about how digital photography changes our perceptions of family photos and vernacular photography. A perfect companion piece to Marvin’s recent post on home video archives and Marguerite’s post on metadata and how we categorize our personal archives.
- Nicholas Carr in Wired Mag on how the way we digest information from the web is messing with our minds, and counterpoints from the New York Times Book Review questioning some of this technophobia. [via Marvin Heiferman, SPI]
- Preserving photography, paintings, and paper is often pretty straightforward, but what about dance? The Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation archive has unveiled plans for an online digital archive that will help dance companies attempting to stage dances by Cunningham. [via Marvin Heiferman, SPI]
- Updates on the Smithsonian’s efforts to help restore and recover art in Haiti: a Facebook travel diary from one of the institution’s conservators and Flickr photo stream of the group’s work. [via Around the Mall]
- A whole heap of rare American silent films, including a film by famous director John Ford thought to be completely lost, have been found in a New Zealand archive and will soon be returned to the US National Film Preservation Foundation. Below, check out clips from The Sergeant (Selig Polyscope Company, 1910), the first film preserved through the American partnership announced today with the New Zealand Film Archive.
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