The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
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- You can now download hi-res images of Vincent Van Gogh's paintings, sketches, and letters. [via Open Culture and Vincent Van Gogh Museum]
- Speaking of Van Gogh, the Art Institute of Chicago has recreated the bedroom in his famous painting and it is now for rent on Air BnB. [via Colossal]
- More enjoyable art browsing brought to you by technology! Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights. [via Colossal]
- What better way to celebrate the day of love than Shakespeare valentines? [via Folger Shakespeare Library]
- Smithsonian's own Transcription Center gets a spotlight on Atlas Obscura! Join the nearly 6,000 volunteers to transcribe our primary source documents and scientific records.
- Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum's Design Triennial kicked off yesterday examining beauty. [via NY Times]
- For your listening pleasure; Europeana's Music portal.
- A 3D scan of Freer Sackler's Cosmic Buddha has led to new scholarship. [via Smithsonian.com]
- Finally, 3D printing sound.
- The New York Times just released previously unpublished photos documenting black history. [via New York Times]
- The wait is nearly over: Opening day of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture is September 24th, 2016. [via Washington Post]
- Just released: A new guide to help artists preserve their studio archives. [via Artists' Studio Archives]
- A new, free digital preservation tool for WordPress and Drupal! Amber preserves content and prevents broken links. [via Info Docket and Harvard's Berkman Center]
- Technology brings back the vivid colors of an ancient Egyptian temple at the Met. [via New York Times]
- Listen to what ancient Greek music sounded like [via Open Culture]
- The original, well-loved stuffed animals the characters in Winnie the Pooh books are based upon, from NYPL. [via Open Culture]
- Art Nouveau posters, interactive lessons on WWI, silver plate photography; some of the 48,796,394 artworks, artefacts, books, videos and sounds from across Europe on Europeana. [via Open Culture]
- 3D Printing as Protest: Reconstructing cultural heritage destroyed by ISIS. [via Hyperallergic]
- Not that you'll need anymore this presidential election season, but the Internet Archive has more than 30,000 political ads. [via Open Culture]
- We love our pandas frolicking in the snow, but these guys from the Grandfather Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary were otterly adorable (sorry):
Oscar and Nova: Snow Otters
Grandfather Mountain is still closed, due to this weekend's snow. All hands are on deck, though, working to get the park open for the coming week. Well, all hands and webbed feet, that is.Video by Alexis Rowe | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation
Posted by Grandfather Mountain on Sunday, January 24, 2016
We've got your snow day browsing covered!
- Even the T-rex got into #museumselfie day Wednesday (please no selfie sticks.)
- To mark the passing of David Bowie, the Cincinnati Zoo named their baby penguin "Bowie." [via Mental Floss]
- Amelia Earhart's advice to a girl interested in becoming a pilot. [via Slate, The Vault]
- Dig into the sketchbooks of artist Richard Diebenkorn, 29 of which are now availably online. [via Open Culture]
- New from National Archives, History Hub, "a place where subject matter experts from the National Archives can engage with researchers and the public..." [via Info Docket]
- When Norway's National Library turned to Reddit for information on a map found in their collection, it delivered! [via NPR]
- Ever wonder what advertising was like in Colonial America? [via Slate, The Vault]
- A 17th century medical popup book for adults. [via Smithsonian Magazine]
We are pleased to announce a new mobile experience produced by the Archives, Castle of Curiosities.
The Smithsonian's first building, the Castle, opened its doors in 1855. While the Norman architectural style evoked "learned university," it was bordered by fetid canals and rather isolated from the rest of Washington D.C. However, it did not disappoint visitors with all it had to offer: an "apparatus room" with live demonstations of electrical machines, a lecture room with thought-leaders of the day, a library, a picture gallery with paintings and sculpture, and exhibits of varied natural history specimen. It also was home to the Smithsonian's first leader, Joseph Henry, and his family.
Today people are still drawn to the Castle. It stands out amongst the white buildings surrounding it as it is distinctly of another era. With Castle of Curiosities, we hope you get a sense of some of the things that happened there which signify moments in American and scientific history. The 11 featured stories are accompanied by music from the Portland group, Black Prairie (they coincidently wrote a song about a letter we have in the Archives!).
You can listen from the comfort of your home by downloading the Smithsonian Mobile app or accessing the mobile website. You can also listen on-site if you are enjoying the Smithsonian history exhibit at the Castle, Welcome to Your Smithsonian.
- History of the Smithsonian Castle
- "What Did the Smithsonian Exhibit When It First Opened?," The Bigger Picture