Online Exhibition Catalogues,
Brochures, Gallery Guides and Related Materials
Published by Non-Profit
Institutions for Free Viewing
- Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University;
Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma; and the Georgia Museum
of Art, University of Georgia organized the traveling exhibition Art
Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy
and a companion website artinterrupted org, posted in 2012. Included in
the website is an online condensation of the catalogue: Art
Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy,
including excerpts of essays by Dennis Harper of the Jule Collins Smith
Museum of Fine Art, Mark White of Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art and Paul
Manoguerra of Georgia Museum of Art, plus selected artist biographies.
- The OSCI website says:
"The IMA Lab, the media and technology arm of the Indianapolis Museum
of Art, is developing a suite of open-source software tools that will facilitate
online publishing of scholarly catalogues by the museums involved in the
Getty's Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative and, eventually, the larger
museum community. This collaborative, open-source software project is based
on the successful prototype created by the IMA Lab for the Art Institute
of Chicago." IMA Lab's project, the OSCIToolkit, is described here.
- The Internet Archive is a means of locating digitized
exhibition catalogues, which can be sourced by typing either "exhibition
catalog" or "exhibition catalogue" (including the quotation
marks) in its search box. Choose "All Media Types" when conducting
- In October 2012 The Metropolitan Museum of Art launched
MetPublications, an online resource that offers in-depth access to the
Museum's print and online publications, covering art, art history, archaeology,
conservation, and collecting. Beginning with nearly 650 titles published
from 1964 to the present, this new addition to the Met's website will continue
to expand and could eventually offer access to nearly all books, Bulletins,
and Journals published by the Metropolitan Museum since its founding in
1870, as well as online publications. Publications to be added to the program
on a continuing basis include recently published books and online publications,
and print titles published by the Metropolitan Museum from 1870 to 1964,
as well as print-on-demand options for out-of-print titles. See Resource Library's sub-index page
for Metropolitan Museum of Art for
a list of titles in .pdf format.
- MetPublications includes a description and table of contents
for almost every title, as well as information about the authors, reviews,
and awards, and links to related Met titles by author and theme. Current
in-print titles may be previewed and fully searched online, with links
to purchase the books. The full contents of almost all other titles may
be read online, searched, or downloaded as a PDF, at no cost. Books can
be read and searched through the Google Book program, an initiative to
maximize access to the Met's books.
- At time of launch, MetPublications allows users to:
- Search 643 books published by The Metropolitan Museum
of Art about art and art history by title, author, keyword, publication
type, theme, or collection.
- - Read, download, and search the full contents of 368
- - Preview and search the contents of 272 titles that
are in print or otherwise unavailable to read fully.
- - Obtain print-on-demand copies of 140 out-of-print titles.
- - Access two online publications, Heilbrunn Timeline
of Art History and Connections.
- Find links to locate all titles at local libraries through
WorldCat, and on the Metropolitan Museum library catalogue WATSONLINE.
- Find book descriptions, tables of contents, author biographies,
press releases and reviews, awards, and related bibliographies by author,
theme, and keyword.
- Explore works of art from the Metropolitan Museum's collection
featured in all titles with links to updated information about each work.
This makes it possible to provide updated information about older titles,
linking earlier with current scholarship.
- Rediscover the scholarship of 50 years of publishing
dedicated to the arts from this encyclopedic Museum.
Scholarly Catalogue Initiative
- Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI) is a a joint
effort by the Getty Foundation and the J. Paul Getty Museum. It is a five
year initiative that brings together the resources of nine art museums.
It endeavors to create ways to incorporate, beyond the usual static artwork
images and text of print publications, audio and video into online catalogues,
plus other features. The OSCI site says that through the efforts of the
participants in the project: "...a completely new model of scholarly
publishing is coming into focus, one in which robust future-focused technologies
make comprehensive scholarly information available in beautifully rendered
formats for devices as varied as iPads and dual-screen workstations. Readers
will be able to study detailed images of artworks online, overlay them
with conservation documentation, discover scholarly essays in easy-to-read
formats, take notes in the margins that can be stored for later use, and
export citations to their desktops. Moreover, the system of software tools
under development is being designed to be both flexible and replicable
so it can support a broad variety of other collections-based publication
by museums into the future."
- Online publications for OSCI include catalogues by the
following museums + contacts:
- Art Institute of Chicago / Monet
Paintings and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago and Renoir
Paintings and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago / Gloria
Groom, Sam Quigley, Liz Neely
- J. Paul Getty
Museum / catalogue of the Musuem's European paintings
collected during recent years / Nik Honeysett
- Freer Gallery of Art
and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution's Museums
of Asian Art / catalogue concerning The Gerhard
Pulverer Collection of Japanese illustrated books /
- Los Angeles Museum of
Art / catalogue of approximately 60 objects from
its important Southeast Asian collection /
- National Gallery of Art / catalogue adapting and updating an existing print catalogue
of the 17th-century Dutch paintings collection /
- San Francisco Museum
of Modern Art / catalogue of the Museum's collection
of works by Robert Rauschenberg /
- Seattle Art
Museum / catalogue of the Museum's Chinese paintings
and works of calligraphy /
- Tate / catalogue
focusing on the Museum's collection of works by the important British Post-Impressionist
artists collectively known as the Camden Town Group /
- Walker Art Center / catalogue of works acquired since 2005 /
- As of February, 2013 a 50 page 2012 interim report titled
Moving Museum Catalogues Online is available for download in .pdf
format on the Getty Foundation's website. The participating musuems plan
to publish scholarly catalogues on their websites. It is not clear to what
extent catalogues will be available without charge to viewers.
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