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  • corilinville 1:44 am on November 18, 2011 Permalink  

    walmart museum part 2 

    we were talking about this in steves class and a few people wanted to see the video that all it did was promoted walmart. it is basically completely ridiculous and it is the first thing you see when you get on the website (if you want to watch the video, which of course i did)


    and this video below basically shows how the museum came to be, a lot of the art that is in the museum, and even talks about that Philadelphia painting that everyone got all up in arms about. She gets called a “walmart culture vulture”.


    • Pam Schwartz 11:44 pm on November 19, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You’re kidding me right? That video is ridiculous, but I bet Tyson and J.B. Hunt donated A LOT of money to the museum to have a spot in it.

      • corilinville 5:36 pm on November 20, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Oh I’m sure. The trucking company is based in northwest arkansas though so that also probably makes them happy. and Walmart gave them like a billion dollars so they can basically do whatever they want I’m sure haha

  • corilinville 1:16 am on November 14, 2011 Permalink  

    who’s excited?! 

    for the new museum that has opened this week! Crystal Bridges American Art Museum is going to be awesome (though I know some people are calling it the walmart museum). sadly its in arkansas but I’m super excited. (im going to see it in january, unless we want to take a field trip! 😉 It has awesome artwork though, sadly they aren’t super up on the digital stuff yet since it just opened two days ago, though they do have a fb and twitter page (both of which i follow)! and a cute little video when you get on their website. Anyway, I just thought I would share because I’m super excited about this new museum and it’s supposed to rock the socks off some other museums because it cost a billion dollars to build and has a billion dollars of art in it. I know some people are against the museum because of the whole walmart thing but I love this museum. If you want to look into it…




    • amyrt 1:24 am on November 18, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Inside the new museum. Is all this art they are showing, don’t they have restrictions for the artists about what they can show? I mean in art museums you can’ t take pictures. is it okay that they are showing all their art like this?

      • corilinville 1:37 am on November 18, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        im pretty sure its just up to the museums to what they want to show or not show. They are the ones who bought the paintings. also, this is a tv network showing this, not people taking pictures. and this tv network specifically is one in Arkansas…so they are probably a little bias lol
        but im not totally sure on how restrictions on how taking pictures works

  • corilinville 8:49 pm on November 6, 2011 Permalink  

    mobile app number 2 

    I went to the American Museum of Natural History with Amy, Melanie, and Anna. But my difference was that I had my iphone 4 with me so I downloaded the app on my own (and had fully charged my phone). The difference in having my own phone and being able to download the apps on my own is that there are actually four different apps. But three of the apps just go with three exhibits (one which isn’t open yet). The four apps are dinosaurs, cosmic, explorer, and beyond.

    Beyond is the one that isn’t open yet and I want to go back when it does open because it looks really fun because you use your camera to activate the images and share them with friends. But beyond that (haha) I really don’t know anything else about it. So I will be going back to use it, It opens on the 19th.

    The Cosmic app is a mosaic that is really interesting. I wasn’t really sure how to use it or how it or if it interacts with the museum and didn’t really have enough time to figure it all out but I really like the idea. You double tap it and it gives you an image within the image and then gives you info about it. People can leave comments about it and you can even leave a comment. You can then send the picture in an email to a friend. It’s pretty awesome if you ask me. I was a little more excited than I should have been when I was looking at this and figuring it out. There was one picture and one of the comments on it was something like- dude im a girl but this is awesome and i love science!!!

    The Dinosaurs app was a mosaic as well and was basically the same thing but just with dinosaur related things. Still super cool. It also had stories about specific dinosaurs, like the T-Rex. And it gives you extras such as the itunes podcast. The podcast episodes are free but have nothing to do with dinos but i have gotten sucked into them and downloaded some of them. http://www.amnh.org/news/category/podcast/ oh, amnh you are sneaky…

    But back to the one main app that everyone gets that is important and that we actually use yesterday. It’s called Explorer. You click it and it gives you a directory, a map, a bookmark button, and info. If you click on the directory you can find exhibits, get museum tours, find food and shops, and find restrooms and exits. If you go to the find exhibits you can go to either the popular, by hall, or a-z. Then you click on the object and it gives you the directions and info about it. THEN! when you click on the info you can say that you’ve visited it, you can bookmark it as one of your favorite places, AND you can SHARE IT! via twitter or facebook! which I did. (you have to sign into your account through it so I didn’t do my facebook cuz I’m always suspicious of it getting hacked, but i did my twitter). I love this museum and this idea so I tweeted six of these and here is an example of what it puts on your twitter (I added the Easter island head part). And click on the link and it sends you to the site that tells you ALL about the head, it’s awesome!
    Look what I found at the American Museum of Natural History! http://bit.ly/9P0wOp Easter island head!!!

    I think it is all REALLY well done. Random fun fact, on the weekends you get to go into the brain room and play with (fake) brains and so I got to pick up a brain of people who no longer exist. It was in the same exhibit with Lucy, which we found with the help of our mobile app. Fun stuff! Look at all this interacting!

    Definitely way better than the American Indian Museum in my opinion. And I really liked the mobile app/apps. Even though the one that they give you at the front desk one only gives you the explorer one 😦

  • corilinville 4:12 am on November 5, 2011 Permalink  

    mobile app number 1 

    I went to the National Museum of the American Indian today and since the George Heye Center has only been opened since 1994 it’s pretty new and they have some nice touch screens and picture screens (which I actually liked better than the mobile app). The mobile app that they have goes with the Infinity of Nations exhibition. It’s available at the apple app store, just type in infinity of nations and it should pop up, and its free! and it looks really cool, right? and has really cool features.


    But I have a MAJOR bone to pick.
    The people at the museum to not promote this app AT ALL.
    Nowhere, and i repeat, NOWHERE, do they mention this app in the museum or in the exhibit. I looked at all three entrances of the exhibition. I made it my goal to try and find where there was a place where it would tell me where this app was. I couldn’t find anything, so I asked one of the nice security men who works in there. He said he had never heard of this before. Then I asked a nice boy about our age who was also viewing the exhibit if he had heard of an app for the exhibit and he said he hadn’t either. So then I went to the big guns and went to the front and asked one of the volunteers and her response- “You’re the first person I’ve ever talked to who has ever downloaded it on their own before!”. (In my head I was thinking, ok….something is not good with this system). So I asked her if they gave out Iphones and she said that they did and they gave out headphones with them but you had to give a piece of federal id in exchange.
    I don’t think anyone knows about this. But it really did not seem to matter. Everyone seemed extremely content without using any technology. Because even though there were computers, I was the only one who used one the whole hour I was there. Even though there were touch screens, I did not see anyone use one. The only technology that I saw anyone use was cameras to take pictures. And that was enough. So even though it is great to have participatory activities, it’s not always what makes an exhibition great because with this the artifacts should do the talking, not the mobile app.

    And when you go on the website all i ended up finding…
    Go to that link, go to the bottom of the page, hover your mouse over the part that says northwest coast, and it tells you that you can download the app.


    Also, that is basically all that the app is, and it has more info than the app does. And there are computers in the exhibit space that have this on it so you can play with it. Which, it is fun to do, don’t get me wrong, but it’s just the computer program smushed down. Here’s some fun pictures and some of the items that it talked about in the app!

    But I’m really sad to say that I actually don’t feel like this app is needed. Because when I downloaded it onto my phone last night I was actually really excited about it and going into the exhibit and figuring everything out. But then once I got there I realized…eh, not all that exciting. It’s pictures of things that are already displayed. And they have these computer stations that do the same thing, and unless people really really hate reading and really like listening to people, the app just repeats what the exhibition already says. I will say that the app does have a fun family feature where it’s like a hide a seek but you could just do that yourselves. so again, repetitive. And if apps really cost thousands and thousands of dollars to make, I feel like someone did something wrong with this one.

    Hopefully the Natural History apps will make me happier

    • sdaugherty28 10:14 pm on November 6, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I downloaded the Infinity of Nations app, but did not end up visiting that Museum. The app does look really cool and I had high hopes for the exhibit. I’m disappointed that it does not add anything to the exhibit. 😦

      • corilinville 4:40 pm on November 7, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        that’s at least how I felt. But I’m REALLY into the native american stuff and the George Heye Center so i went through the exhibition and really looked at everything and read all of the stuff. So if you didn’t want to do that and you just wanted to go through everything really quickly and listen to it, then I guess the app would work for that. But seeing as how im a museum professions person I guess I’m a little bias in that, why put all that stuff up if people are just going to pass by it and just use the app?

  • corilinville 3:10 am on November 3, 2011 Permalink  

    improv in museums 

    Here’s a fun video to watch but a real question to go along with it.


    I follow a museum tumblr and I came across this funny video. It’s from about seven months ago so I’m not sure if this painting of King Phillip IV is still up in the MET but this man dressed up as the king and signed autographs as King Phillip IV. He wasn’t doing anyone any harm, but the museum still had an issue with him and ended up making them leave. People were enjoying “the king” being there so why not let him stay? Or is that not what museums are meant for? Watching this video I personally found it was entertaining and they weren’t doing anyone any disservice. They weren’t harming the works of art. I felt like they had just as much right to be there as anyone else. Though technically their mission was to cause a scene. I feel like I could almost argue that they were just trying to participate in the museum experience. Another thought- Wouldn’t it have been fun if the museum have thought of it themselves and they could have had their own King Phillip IV and made an event of it? yes? no? It would definitely be participatory!
    It’s also a little ridiculous to me that some of these people didn’t realize that this wasn’t the actual King Phillip IV.

    • melanieodonnell 4:52 am on November 3, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      First, the painting was there a few weeks ago.

      Second, AWESOME video. I really hope people didn’t really think King Philip IV was really there, because, no, time travel is not real (yet). I don’t think he was doing any harm, it enhanced the art work, and probably caused someone to google Philip IV, and learn something.

      If the MET were to do something like this (they’re not going to, lets be honest…), I think it would be better if they didn’t widely market it, but just let it happen. Maybe some cryptic twittering, but not like a ‘event’ on a public calendar, I think it looses its effect when you know its coming.

  • corilinville 9:20 pm on October 17, 2011 Permalink

    my websites I picked Love http www nmai… 

    my websites I picked:
    Love- http://www.nmai.si.edu/
    Improvement- http://www.spmoh.org/home.html
    Hate- http://thepacegallery.com/

  • corilinville 11:33 pm on October 13, 2011 Permalink  

    Day of Digital Archives 

    This happened last week, on Oct 6th, and it’s not so much about museums but it’s about going digital so I thought it went along with our blog. The day of digital archives was to help “raise awareness of digital archives among both users and managers.” This is more about libraries but since museums have archives in them, I thought, hey, why not? It’s basically just talking about turning archives into digital archives.


    And the below link is really cool because it is a bunch of different people’s blog entries about what they did on the day and how they contributed.


  • corilinville 9:59 pm on September 29, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: scandal   

    How inappropriate is too inappropriate? 

    In the second half of Simon’s reading she talks about removing inappropriate content from museum exhibitions and how some are even automatically replacing curse words with words like “love” and “puppies” (which is really cute and smart, I think). Anyway, I looked on Postsecret this morning to see a picture of this-

    and some very angry comments followed.
    like this one-
    STOP putting naked pictures on the blog! I don’t care if it’s an actual postcard! Some of us are referring young people to this blog to HELP them – not scar them more with an abrupt naked picture.

    but then you have nice rational people-
    what does it say about us that this realistic (and i think beautiful) picture of a female body part could “scar” us?

    (someone even tweeted!)
    The honesty and controversy in your project has always impassioned me. But there is a line. And you crossed that line today.

    I just found it quite ironic because in Simon’s book she uses Postsecret as a source of appropriate content and now this is going on in this website over a naked picture. (She talks about it on page 224 of the book if you want to look at it)

    I would (and still can) bring this up in class but the pictures on PS change on sunday at midnight so it will be gone by the time we have class.


    so if I were to ask a question it would be- do you think a line was crossed with this picture? I follow postsecret and they have pictures and secrets that are somewhat controversial so I don’t see a problem with it, though I don’t know if I have ever seen an actual vagina before on postsecret. But I would like to know if anyone feels differently about this.

    • sdaugherty28 12:00 am on September 30, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks for posting this controversy. It is so interesting!

      I am not offended by the photograph at all. I think it was posted tastefully. Who is to decide which secrets are appropriate? This reminds me of the facebook censorship article I posted a few weeks ago. I’m sure you can find images a lot more offensive than this on the internet…

      I’m going to start following the postsecret blog!

    • haljust 12:58 am on September 30, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Well I find no problem with the picture at all. It goes perfectly along with the secret itself. I’ve seen a lot more offensive stuff on television. Why is it perfectly fine to show a picture of breasts with the nipple hidden but it crosses the line when the nipple is shown? This is the same with this. Nothing is actually being shown. Also while looking at the blog, I just saw a picture of a male with most of his body being shown.
      Link Here:

      How is this not just as offensive as the picture Cori showed? And it doesn’t get as much feedback as the other picture. What is the difference?

    • ajwhipker 1:29 am on September 30, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yea…that is definitely not a vagina it is the public area and hair…which pretty much everyone gets. We have to grow up sometime, and part of that is viewing human anatomy. Americans are just over sensitive to ‘private matters’, whether it be about sex, body parts or body functions…Thank you puritans.

      And if a guardian is SO concerned about what their child sees on the internet, they should be monitoring them!

    • ktkeckeisen 1:07 am on October 4, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This reminds me of a story my supervisor told me about this summer. She said that she had a postcard of Michelangelo’s “David” tacked to her cubicle wall along with other pictures of art she liked. One of her coworkers complained to the HR department about the “pornography” that my supervisor had on her wall and how the naked male form of the David was incredibly unsettling.

      Personally, I consider postsecret and the postings and form of art. It may not be the David but it is still a form of expression and art and nudity has always been a part of art. In my opinion, there is a very big and distinct line between what is nudity and what is pornography.

  • corilinville 5:57 pm on September 26, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: Met,   

    Guess who launched a newly designed website today! The MET! 



    Exciting to find out that the Metropolitan Museum of Art revamped their website making it more interactive. (To be honest I haven’t been on the old website so I’m not sure how much it has changed but from the article from the nytimes it said it had not been changed in ten years so I can imagine it has to have had quite a few changes.) So now the website lets you look at the floor plan, an interactive map, many of the collections, art history, and this awesome connections section which finds specific people and they give a short talk and it goes through pictures or paintings as they are talking. It is very impressive. They have about 60 of these. An example is Jean Sorabella talking about motherhood. http://www.metmuseum.org/connections/motherhood/#/Feature/

    Everything is moving towards the digital age! It’s it exciting to know that our generation is going to have a huge part in it?!

    • haljust 10:51 pm on September 26, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Wow thats awesome. I was on the Met’s website a week or two ago and the website did look really outdated. I’m glad they’ve got with the times and created a website deserving of the Met. I’ll have some fun searching through the new website!

    • sdaugherty28 3:16 pm on September 27, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This website is definitely an upgrade. I enjoyed browsing the collection and interactive elements.

      The connections section is very cool. There are so many different topics to choose from. I also like hearing the speaker’s voice while works of art appear on my screen. I don’t have to stare at a talking person!

      I also found the timeline of art history very interesting. You can choose specific time periods and geographic areas to browse works in the collection. In addition, you can search for thematic essays. Check it out: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/

  • corilinville 6:19 pm on September 23, 2011 Permalink

    tomorrow is museum day! 

    according to the Smithsonian magazine you can get a free ticket to go to participating museums if you fill this out this form and print it out. (it’s not affiliated with a whole lot of museums but hey, better some than none, right?!)


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