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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

1.04.2011

Small Things

[Inrô: Figures in a landscaped garden, 18th century, Japanese
Red lacquer, H. 1 9/16 in., W. 1 3/4 in., D. 1 1/4 in.
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1910 (10.211.2081) The Metropolitan Museum of Art.]

During the past few weeks, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has expanded its online offerings. One element I'm really enthusiastic about is Connections, an interactive feature that looks at the Met's collection through the eyes of Museum staff.  Scientists, designers, librarians, educators, photographers, digital media producers, technicians, curators, conservators -- all are weighing in. 

Brief weekly episodes offer not only the personal and compelling perspectives of the staff, but also helpful links that enable the online visitor to further explore a featured object that catches his or her eye. It's very user-friendly.

Listening to Associate Director Carrie Rebora Barratt explain her life-long affinity for small things, I thought about the ivory carpet model posted here the other day. To see what resonated with the first five participants, click here

4 comments:

Digs Inside & Out said...

You have the most amazing blog! I always learn something about art and design....thank you for sharing your wealth of information! Have a great 2011!!!!

Emile de Bruijn said...

What an excellent initiative of the Met, thanks very much for the link. I will show it to colleagues, as I think our organisation should do something like this too.

Style Court said...

Digs --

Thank you! I hope you have a wonderful year.

Cheers,
Courtney

Style Court said...

Emile --

Would love to see you featured in a similar digital piece!