In a move that further advances the intertwining relationship of culture and technology, The Blanton Museum of Art has completely redesigned their online database, providing access to over 17,000 of their collected works to anyone who can point their browser to this link.
The museum has implemented a database developed by Gallery Systems, a New York based firm that is responsible for moving large, galleries online. The new system allows for a completely searchable gallery by keyword, artist name, period, nationality or a particular exhibition.
Each work has been scanned at a high resolution, making the level of detail available as close to browsing the museum in person. In addition to the actual work, each piece is accompanied by biographical, historical and other contextual information, providing a thoroughly rich and educational background for each piece.
The Blanton’s new gallery is the first step in a broad online redesign, which they hope will further advance the museum’s already stellar reputation. The expansion online is especially important to an art museum in our city, which is rapidly becoming a model for what a “tech-city” should be.
Combine the new gallery with other University initiatives, like the Department of American Studies “End of Austin” Tumblr project, and Austin will continue to be an example for the nation to follow in terms of advancing art and culture, hand in hand.
The online gallery is accessible now and will continue to grow as the museum expands. Peruse any of the many collections and help embrace the inevitable marriage of art and technology.