This week, Google launched Art Project. It uses the street-level function of their online maps to give viewers a high-resolution glimpse into some of the world’s most famous museums like the Modern and the Met in NYC, the Palace of Versailles in France, the Hermitage in Russia, the Tate and the National in Britain, the Uffizi in Italy, the very awesome Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and even several museums in Madrid that ironically don’t allow its real-time visitors to photograph. While Art Project provides this global access to both the museums and their extensive collections, it removed the one element that makes part of the museum-going experience fun: the people. After all, what is an art mseum without them?
(Andy Warhol’s Factory freaking out the squares at the San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art, photo by Tom?)
(Examining the rubber room at the San Fransisco Modern Museum of Art, photo by Tom)
(Posing with Brancusi at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC)
(My favorite guard at the Rembrant House in Amsterdam enthusiastically awaits the demo on making oil paints)
(People and strokes… at MOMA, photo by Tom)
(My cousins in a swimming pool illusion at PS1 (NYC), photo by Tom)
In related art museum news, Tom shares words and pictures on Think Visual on things we saw when he came here, and then I went there. And, word to your herd: The Daytona Beach Museum of Arts & Sciences is a hard-to-accurately-locate Must-See!