Art can fill many roles: an uplifting release, a source of comfort, a way to connect with others – all things that may be missing a bit from our new routines. While we may not be able to be there in person this summer, many museums are providing virtual visits, social media campaigns and special online exhibits to allow us to experience the power of art. Below are three highlights:
The Met always offers wonderful access to its collections through digital content and the past few months have provided two new experiences: The social media campaigns #MetAnywhere which invites art enthusiasts to connect with the collection despite the museum's closure; and, to celebrate its 150th birthday, the series #MyMetStory which shares the museum’s collections through personal narratives gathered from visitors, including artists, museum staff and public figures.
The V&A’s website is an amazing resource for the study of architecture, photography, fine arts, crafts, and other creative pursuits. There are many ways to explore their collection virtually, including video tours. The museum recently released a video tour of their current exhibit, “Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk”. This exhibition examines the kimono as an object and symbol of Japan as well as its influence on fashion and design throughout the world. Take the tour with curator Anna Jackson here.
Named after the author of “The Hungry Caterpillar”, The Carle collects and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. Assembled by the Museum’s chief curator Ellen Keiter and author/illustrator Mo Willems, their newly created online exhibition, “ART in PLACE: Social Distancing in the Studio" looks at how 21 picture-book artists have responded to the pandemic through their practice. The curators’ sum it up perfectly: “Science will get us out of this. Art will get us through this.”