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Looking With New Eyes at Scholarly Art Catalogues

SFMOMA, one of the participants in the OSCI initiative, has chosen to focus on Robert Rauschenberg, given their significant holdings of his work, and their team is gathering together curatorial essays, conservation documentation, audio interviews and related materials in a single online resource. Image: Collection (formerly Untitled), Robert Rauschenberg, 1954, oil, paper, fabric, wood, and metal on canvas, SFMOMA
SFMOMA, one of the participants in the OSCI initiative, has chosen to focus on Robert Rauschenberg, given their significant holdings of his work, and their team is gathering together curatorial essays, conservation documentation, audio interviews and related materials in a single online resource. Image: Collection (formerly Untitled), Robert Rauschenberg, 1954, oil, paper, fabric, wood, and metal on canvas, SFMOMA

The scholarly catalogue has long been a critical part of a museum’s mission, providing authoritative information about collection objects for scholars, students, and the general public. Richly illustrated and often based on years of painstaking research, print catalogues form one… More»

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      What unexpected thing have you learned by working at a museum?

      The more time you take with the art, the better. 

      The first time I saw a work by James Turrell, my eyes totally deceived me. I walked into the room (Acton, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art) and saw a gray rectangle “painting,” but I was baffled and could not figure it out—I got closer and closer until my face was pressed against the wall next to it, trying to figure out what it was. When my friend stuck her arm into the painting and revealed the illusion (a square cut into the wall and lit to look flat), my mind was blown! You got me so good, James.

      Also, always offer to take a family photo for the tourists!

      What do you wish you could tell all people about yourself, museums, or life? 

      Everyone is creative.

      Emily, Education Technologist at the Getty, July 24, 2014

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