Want to volunteer for the Indianapolis Museum of Art, but don’t live in Indianapolis? Try out this program where you can help write articles about IMA artworks, or other related topics from anywhere in the world, even your own home.
There are two excellent videos on the IMA’s main page that will help introduce to writing in Wikipedia.
“When I was born in 1922, barely a hundred years after Indiana became the nineteenth state in the union, the Middle West already boasted a constellation of cities with symphony orchestras and museums and libraries, and institutions of higher learning, and schools of music and art, reminiscent of the Austro-Hungarian Empire before the First World War. One could almost say that Chicago was our Vienna, Indianapolis our Prague, Cincinnati our Budapest, and Cleveland our Bucharest.”—To Be a Native Middle-Westerner by Kurt Vonnegut, an essay in “Home Again: Essays and Memoirs from Indiana”.
DCA will create a digital body of high-quality reproductions of 26,921 artworks - paintings, photographs, sculptures, installations, videos and 1,857 contextual documents, which will become accessible and retrievable through Europeana; not only through the use of metadata and thumbnails, but also direct links to large-sized reproductions of each item. DCA will ensure that the rights to all available digital content will be cleared. The content provided, including masterpieces from key artists of most European countries, will fill a gap inEuropeana‘s content supply.
Images are always cool, but I’m super interested in what these “contextual documents” might be.
This is just one of many EU-funded projects around contemporary art and its care. Check out, POPART, another EU-funded project based on the conservation of plastics in museums. Their big conference is going on right now in Paris.
What has the U.S. done on a national scale about the preservation and representation of contemporary art …?
Categorizing conservation-restoration in Wikipedia
There’s a growing number of articles in Wikipedia about conservation-restoration, many of which are not well researched or even close to being finished, but there’s promise in them.
I spent some time this weekend cleaning up the way that they are categorized so that they can be better organized, and therefore we can understand what has been started in the English language. So, here’s the newly-organized category for conservation-restoration. Note, also, the sub categories and how they work.
Lot’s and lots to do in there … who knows, maybe you’ll pitch in and give it a go, as it’s the encyclopedia that anyone can edit.