A series of permanent collection images from various museums, eventually eclipsed by “No Image Available” icons
A series of permanent collection images from various museums, eventually eclipsed by “No Image Available” icons
Sally King McBride, 2020

Précis: As museums close their physical spaces due to the mandate of social distancing, their digital collections take on unprecedented importance: sustaining their audience engagement, enabling ongoing scholarship, and inspiring all of us to #museumfromhome. Might the full digitization of a museum’s permanent collection be a worthy priority going forward? — a means of virtual art conservation and future-proofing the collection.

“We are only as valuable as the information we keep.” So noted Elizabeth Gorayeb, Executive Director of the Wildenstein Plattner Institute in a compelling keynote delivered on March 5, 2020 — just a few days before New York City declared a State of Emergency. Her words, which kicked off a day-long conference entitled “Digitization and the State-of-the-(Art)World,” would take on a much weightier context the following week, when museums across the country shuttered to visitors, and the movement to #museumfromhome emerged for art-lovers everywhere. …

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Sally McBride

Partnerships + Communications @CultureTech, formerly @metmuseum. (Practicing artist at sallykingmcbride.com)

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