December 2023

We’re excited to announce the December 2023 issue of Multimedia & Technology Reviews. Follow the links from each title below or click the DOI link directly to read the reviews. You can find more of our reviews in the ARLIS/NA Commons CORE Repository.

All Light, Expanded

All Light, Expanded is the digital companion to the 2021 film, All Light, Everywhere, which won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Nonfiction Experimentation. The film itself is a non-linear experimental documentary that explores the intertwined histories of cameras, weapons, and policing. The director, Theo Anthony, is a Baltimore native and so the film’s narrative weaves its way through these international and national histories alongside a particular focus on Baltimore City, an early adopter of aerial police surveillance of its majority Black population. See full review at https://doi.org/10.17613/xcg3-zn14

Mapping Philippine Material Culture

Mapping Philippine Material Culture (MPMC) is a project that aggregates digital images of Philippine objects in museums worldwide, contextualizing these objects in collaboration with Philippine scholars and “culture bearers.” The online platform relies on images that are either in the public domain or have creative commons licenses, and currently hosts images of over 8,000 objects related to Philippine material culture up until the mid-twentieth century. Nearly all of the objects featured hail from collections in the United States and Europe, with 3,000 held by the Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology at Harvard University alone. See full review at https://doi.org/10.17613/mxhv-dd94

CARTA

The Collaborative ART Archive (CARTA), formerly called Consortial Action to Preserve Born-Digital Web-Based Art History & Culture, is a project that preserves at-risk web-based art materials, making them accessible for art historians, critics, curators, and other individuals involved in art research and scholarship. See full review at https://doi.org/10.17613/fwz2-rh37

D-CRAFT

D-CRAFT, the Digital Content Reuse Assessment Framework Toolkit, is a set of tools that was created to provide galleries, libraries, archives, museums, and repositories (GLAMR institutions) with best practices for assessing reuse of digital objects. Released in May 2023, the Toolkit includes information about ten assessment methods; tutorials; supporting information such as definitions of use and reuse with examples, ethical guidelines, and how to utilize storytelling to show impact; and information about the project itself. See full review at https://doi.org/10.17613/9a91-pf79

Designed by Women

Designed by Women, a digital resource organized by the Stewart Program for Modern Design, is an effort to focus attention on the many significant examples of women’s contributions to design around the globe from 1900 to the present. The scope of objects covered includes furniture, textiles, jewelry, tableware, and some graphic design. This site was developed in conjunction with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts 2023 exhibition Parall(Elles): a History of Women in Design. Drawing from works in the Stewart Collection, it is funded by individual, foundation, and corporate supporters. The site provides background on the Stewart Program team, as well as Liliane Stewart, the primary collector behind the Stewart Collection. See full review at https://doi.org/10.17613/wcqv-kp72

LUX: Yale Collections Discovery

LUX: Yale Collections Discovery is an ambitious digital discovery platform that aggregates Yale University’s cultural heritage and natural history collections. Using a Linked Open Usable Data (LOUD) Linked Art model and a backend knowledge graph structure, LUX centralizes the collection catalogs of Yale University Library, Yale Center for British Art, Yale Peabody Museum, and Yale University Art Gallery. Launched publicly in May 2023, the platform supports research, learning, and teaching by providing access to over 50 million records for objects, concepts, people and groups, events, places, and works; unveiling unexpected connections between museum, gallery, archival, and library collections into a single discovery platform. See full review at https://doi.org/10.17613/3hy1-pv45

New York Public Library Artists Studios Resources

The Artists Studios Resources guide offers valuable information for emerging studio artists such as books and databases, as well as links to websites on artists (such as artist archives), grant resources, podcasts, and artist interviews related to studio practice and the fine arts. Created by a Senior Art Librarian at the New York Public Library (NYPL), the guide serves as a gateway to many resources within the NYPL, as well as a selection of links to freely available resources. See full review at https://doi.org/10.17613/jvt9-f554

Textile Hive

Textile Hive is an online repository of more than 40,000 textiles, featuring high-quality photos and information designers can use to inspire, enrich, and enhance their creative projects. This database originated from the Andrea Aranow Textile Design Collection, an extensive personal collection and physical textile library located in Portland, Oregon. Textile Hive is available to individuals or institutions on an annual subscription basis and is intended for use by design professionals, academics, and textile aficionados. See full review at https://doi.org/10.17613/h4v1-3j15

September 2023 Issue

We’re excited to announce the September 2023 issue of Multimedia & Technology Reviews. Follow the links from each title below or click the DOI link directly to read the reviews. You can find more of our reviews in the ARLIS/NA Commons CORE Repository.

Digital Benin

Digital Benin is a stunning example of a centralized digital platform for displaced, translocated collection objects. The clearly articulated interface and robust, well-researched content powerfully reconnect “objects looted by British forces from the Kingdom of Benin (now Edo State, Nigeria) in February 1897,” representing  over 5000 objects across 131 institutions in 20 countries. See full review at https://doi.org/10.17613/2xcb-p513

The Imitation Game: Digital Culture in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

The website of The Imitation Game is an intellectual entry point to–and an artifact of–an exhibition of the same name, staged at the Vancouver Art Gallery in British Columbia in 2022. Deriving its title from mathematician Alan Turing’s famous test of computer intelligence, the project delves into utilizing Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the production of art, architecture, and other creative works. The site presents a chronological overview starting in the 1950s, leading to a particular focus on the past ten years of AI-related creative works. The website’s authors assert that “today it is reasonable to say that AI is a critical component of any creative practice.” See full review at https://doi.org/10.17613/6cb1-z478

Project Himalayan Art

Project Himalayan Art is an interdisciplinary resource created by the Rubin Museum of Art that seeks to encourage educators to incorporate materials relating to Himalayan, Tibetan, and Inner Asian art and cultures into their curricula. This initiative has online, print, and in-person components, including the book Himalayan Art in 108 Objects; a traveling exhibition to appear at five different U.S. locations from 2023 – 2026; and a digital platform.  See full review at https://doi.org/10.17613/7rn9-yj39

Focus on Japanese Photography, a Digital Publication from SFMOMA

Focus on Japanese Photography (FJP) is a digital publication from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art sharing recent research on Japanese photography from the post-war era onward. The publication features eleven photographers from the SFMOMA collection. Edited by curator emerita of photography, Sandra S. Phillips, contributors include curators and doctoral students from the United States, Canada, and Japan. Originally launched in 2017, an expanded iteration of FJP launched in February 2022. FJP is a sort of semi-static online catalog, organized and reading much like a traditional print publication but more readily accessible for updates and includes audiovisual content. See full review at https://doi.org/10.17613/9ra1-gp48

Virtual St. Paul’s Cathedral Project

The Virtual St. Paul’s Cathedral Project utilizes both visual and acoustic modeling to offer a new dimension to understanding historical public worship within the Church of England in real time. The multi-year project developed at North Carolina State University utilizes computer-based models aimed to accurately depict the cathedral architecture from historical records, and recreate the experience of services during Spring 1624 and Fall 1625. See full review at https://doi.org/10.17613/chaw-j639

Secondary Archive

Secondary Archive is a web-based platform documenting information about women artists from central and east Europe, from the 1930s through the present. The site’s name references Simone de Beauvoir’s monograph The Second Sex, which states that women are secondary to men in their very existence. There is a second secondary meaning in which the countries of central and eastern Europe are not often included with the so-called first world of the West. See full review at https://doi.org/10.17613/7g2g-sa79

Missouri Remembers, Artists in Missouri Through 1951

Missouri Remembers: Artists in Missouri through 1951 is a free online resource funded the Missouri Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, launched to coincide with the state’s Bicentennial in 2021. Three institutions–Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; the Kansas City Art Institute; and the St. Louis Public Library–collaborated to bring Missouri Remembers to fruition, and the site provides a model of how the sharing of resources can result in a richer, more comprehensive product than can be created by an individual organization. See full review at https://doi.org/10.17613/2rs8-2n59

June 2023 Issue

We’re excited to announce the June 2023 issue of Multimedia & Technology Reviews. Follow the links from each title below or click the DOI link directly to read the reviews. You can find more of our reviews in the ARLIS/NA Commons CORE Repository.

Martin Wong Catalogue Raisonné

The Martin Wong Catalogue Raisonné (MWCR) is a direct access online project that documents the body of work produced by Martin Wong (1946–1999), an artist who came of age on the West Coast and whose best-known paintings are of life in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The results of this collaboration between the Martin Wong Foundation, Stanford Libraries, and Stanford’s Asian American Art Initiative are available without fees. See full review at https://doi.org/10.17613/15cv-n577

In Her Own Right: a Century of Women’s Activism, 1820-1920

In Her Own Right is a highly recommended, multi-phase collaboration of the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) funded by the NEH, CLIR, Delmas Foundation, and the Gender Justice Fund. The site aggregates digitized materials from member institutions and others to tell the story of women activists in the Philly area in the 100-year period leading up to the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. See full review at https://doi.org/10.17613/p5z3-ts18

MHz Curationist

MHz Curationist is a free online platform for sharing open access images of art and artifacts established by the non-profit MHz Foundation. It features 4.4 million public domain images from nine museums: The Smithsonian, Cleveland Museum of Art, Rijksmuseum, Brooklyn Museum, Statens Museum for Kunst, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Walters Art Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, and National Gallery of Art. While these digital collections may be available on each institution’s website, Curationist is an aggregate repository. See full review at https://doi.org/10.17613/afyf-m262

The People’s Graphic Design Archive

The People’s Graphic Design Archive is a crowd-sourced repository of, by, and for enthusiasts of graphic design started by design educator Louise Sandhaus in 2014 to make accessible a vast variety of graphic design examples. Launched in 2022, PGDA has 5,000 registered users uploading digital images of graphic design minutiae ranging from finished design projects, processes, letters, and other published and unpublished materials. See full review at https://doi.org/10.17613/0k99-pa37

The Index of Medieval Art

Maintained and hosted by Princeton University, the Index of Medieval Art is a comprehensive database of iconography from the Middle Ages that allows users to browse and search images based on subject, location, medium, and other facets. While the Index’s original emphasis on the Western European canon of early Christian art is evident, its scope now encompasses the entirety of the long Middle Ages, up to the mid-sixteenth century. See full review at https://doi.org/10.17613/5kp8-0d27

Media-N: Journal of the New Media Caucus

Launched in 2005, Media-N is an open-access, online journal provides a forum for scholars, artists, and practitioners to share their work and promote critical dialogue on new media art. The initial edition was created from papers of the New Media Caucus at the College Art Association (CAA) conference. See full review at https://doi.org/10.17613/yvfb-ve66

Museum Crush

Produced by UK-based charity Culture24, Museum Crush is a “whimsical and witty site . . . which showcases curiosities in collections up [and] down the land.” Serving as a guide to current exhibits and lesser known collections in a wide variety of regional museums and London institutions, the website’s home page succinctly states: “The most beautiful, intriguing and powerful objects . . . live in museums. Let’s go find them.” See full review at https://doi.org/10.17613/3d45-dj23

March 2023 Issue

We’re excited to announce the March 2023 issue of Multimedia & Technology Reviews. Follow the links from each title below or click the DOI link directly to read the reviews. You can find more of our reviews in the ARLIS/NA Commons CORE Repository.

MoMA Exhibition Spelunker

MoMA Exhibition Spelunker is a portal for exploring the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition history. Originally taken from a large dataset of information from the archives, the company Good Form and Spectacle, transformed MOMA exhibition history from 1929-1989 into a user-friendly portal for deep engagement. https://doi.org/10.17613/6az8-8049

John Henry Twachtman Catalogue Raisonné

The John Henry Twachtman Catalogue Raisonné by Lisa N. Peters is an authoritative, extensively researched resource documenting the life and works of the American Impressionist painter John Henry Twachtman (1853-1902). https://doi.org/10.17613/zsz4-4×98

Duchamp Research Portal

The Duchamp Research Portal is a free, bilingual, online research tool to discover the life and work of Marcel Duchamp. The portal is the product of seven-year, international collaboration between the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Bibliothèque Kandinsky at Paris’s Centre Georges Pompidou, and the Association of Marcel Duchamp. https://doi.org/10.17613/mry9-hz66

OpenBibArt

Directed by Antoine Petit, Chief Executive Officer of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), OpenBibArt is a western bibliographic database covering art literature published between 1910 and 2007. The vast scope of subjects range from Late Antiquity to the 21st century, represented by 1.2 million records for periodicals, books, and exhibition and auction catalogs. https://doi.org/10.17613/dfmn-g607

Visualizing Objects, Places, and Spaces: A Digital Project Handbook

Visualizing Objects, Places, and Spaces: A Digital Project Handbook, created by art historians and digital media specialists Beth Fischer and Hannah Jacobs, provides two distinct offerings. The first is a handbook, a how-to guide that could work well as a course text about creating digital scholarship projects in the humanities. The second is a peer-reviewed and cross-reference-able repository of case studies and assignments. https://doi.org/10.17613/6t8a-0418

Digital Library of the Middle East (DLME)

The Digital Library of the Middle East (DLME) is a collaborative, free-access aggregator developed by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Stanford Libraries, and the Qatar National Library. https://doi.org/10.17613/1s43-0936

Smithsonian Voyager

Voyager is an open-source suite of tools for creating and displaying three-dimensional images. It was developed by the Smithsonian’s Digitization Program Office to serve as their 3D imaging pipeline and is available to the public. https://doi.org/10.17613/ztmx-pp34