Museums and Galleries to visit digitally - A VR visit to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Arkansas

Under lockdown, techniques of displaying art digitally have been under discussion - from gallery viewing rooms to museum virtual reality tours. Under the 'new normal', travel is likely to be very restricted. Is it possible to do more than present individual artworks with a simple narrative, as we see so often when exploring museums digitally? And when museums do try do more  with VR - is it successful?

In this edition, we're visiting Crystal Bridges Museum who are developing an interesting approach to presenting individual artworks in VR.  Their permanent collection spans five centuries of American masterworks ranging from the Colonial era to the current day. Included within the collection are iconic images such as Asher B. Durand’s Kindred Spirits, Norman Rockwell’s  Rosie the Riveter, and Andy Warhol’s Coca-Cola [3]— each reflecting a distinct moment in American artistic evolution—as well as major works by modern and contemporary American artists, including Georgia O’Keeffe, John Baldessari, and James Turrell.  Crystal Bridges has a very strong commitment to education.

There are some temporary shows, and a fine collection of prints.


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