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Interactive Art History

 by Bennett Gordon


Tags: Arts, visual arts, art history, paintings, Open culture, smARThistory.com,

Looking at ArtArt history text books are often expensive, heavy, and boring tomes that don’t capture the creative and conversational experience of a good trip to a museum. Knowing that, Beth Harris, the Director of Digital Learning at the Museum of Modern Art, and Jeff Zucker, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology, gave art history an upgrade on smARThistory.org.

The free website incorporates videos, podcasts, and a ton of image and descriptive texts, into a “web-book” of art history. Unlike a normal text book, visitors can browse by date, author, style or themes. The podcasts and videos also capture the fun, conversational elements of museum-going, as Harris and Zucker argue and crack jokes with each other while imparting their vast knowledge of art. 

(Thanks, OpenCulture.)

Image by F Delventhal, licensed under Creative Commons.

Sources: smARThistory 

carrespondent_2
2/17/2009 10:22:12 AM

This is a wonderful concept. I became an art lover only when I realized that it doesn't mean you have to be surrounded by pompous asininity.