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December 02, 2008

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Galleries and museums exhibition pages are one of the key ways to find really images of work from really contemporary artists and designers, but these institutions are making great strides to offer more than just nice images from their exhibitions. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has tons of interactive media, videos, and audio clips. The Museum has created special flash sites for about 80 different artists and exhibitions. The sites focus on some of the main concerns of each artists or major themes of a stylistic movement. Within the specialized sites are video and images, but SFMOMA also lists their video and audio offerings separately as well.

When you choose a video, there are lists of all the related media below it. This set-up makes it really easy to find connections among artists. For example, if you watch the installation of Sol LeWitt's drawing, you'll not only find links to the deinstallation video but also to his commentary on Eva Hesse's work.

SFMOMA also has an iTunes podcasts. Most of these are audio only, but they do have some video podcasts as well.

And, just for fun, SFMOMA has a feature called ArtScope. You can randomly click on tiny thumbnails of images or search for specific artists or subjects.

Tony Feher, It Seemed a Beautiful Day, 2001; plastic bottles, wire, and water; Collection SFMOMA: photo © 2008 Tony Feher
Please click the image to go to its orginal posting on the SFMOMA site.

Posted by hthrlowe at December 2, 2008 04:11 PM


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