The new Smithsonian Collections Searching Center

Smithsonian Libraries, Archives and Museums have worked together and created the Collections Search Center (http://collections.si.edu), a one-stop-searching center for the public for SI collections.  This fast growing Collections Search Center is hosted by OCIO and currently contains 2.3 million records with 280,000 online media such as images, sound files, videos, and online collections.

Collections are contributed by:

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

National Air and Space Museum

National Museum of American Indians

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Knitted Village!

A knitted diorama replica of a small Kent Village — after being lovingly added to over many years, is now being broken up and sold off. Some lovely pieces here!

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The Photographic Dictionary

While I negotiate some more space for images…you’ll have to click through for the time being..but it’s worth it!

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Overload

Too many things I like all together!

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Bacon World

Via Unusual Life

Looks pretty right?
Look a little closer… and read about it here.

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Virtual games in the real world of art and technology

Playing the Rapture, by Antoinette LaFarge and Robert Allen.

The gallery@calit2 is currently hosting the show Playing the World(s), a selection of three new-media installations that expand the usually confined simulated world of a game to the real world.  It is part of a wider series, Scalable Relations, which showcases new-media art works of UC faculty.

“Playing the World(s) brings under one roof three new-media installations that expand the usually confined simulated world of a game to the real world. The projects in the San Diego exhibition — Robert Nideffer’s WTF?!, Antoinette LaFarge’s and Robert Allen’s Playing the Rapture (Point of View), and Gregory Niemeyer’s CO2 Playground — either use paradigms of gaming and play for understanding phenomena and concepts that shape the physical world, or they incorporate real-world concepts that are rarely encountered within a commercial game.”

Friday, January 23 – Friday, March 13, 2009
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[Closed in observance of President’s Day, February 16]
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University of California, San Diego
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Cold Art

Each of the 5 DICEHOUSES is stocked with The Book of Hoyle, playing cards, dice and games for all to play.

DICEHOUSES. Mike Haeg, Tammy Dahlke, John Nussbaum, Tom Haeg. Each of the 5 huts is stocked with The Book of Hoyle, playing cards, dice and games for all to play.

Tired of mild San Diego winters and comfortable art?  You might want to head up to Minnesota for the2009 Art Shanty Projects described as:

“A six-week exhibition of performance, architecture, science, art, video, literature, survivalism and karaoke, ASP is part sculpture park, part artist residency and part social experiment, inspired by traditional ice fishing houses that dot the state’s lakes in winter.”

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AKIHIRO FURUTA’s Flickr Feed

Totally in love with this person’s photos…

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Library Of Congress + Flickr Redux

So, I know you love the fact that LOC started a Flickr site where they invite the public to tag away, but did you know that they have a blog?(With post titles like “Cartography Buffs, Take Note”!)
Anyhow, they’ve released a report about their Flickr pilot, which you can find here.
Sez the blog “The popularity and impact of the pilot have been remarkable,” said Michelle Springer, project manager for digital initiatives in the Office of Strategic Initiatives, who said total views reached 10 million in October. The site is averaging 500,000 views a month, she said, adding that Flickr members have marked 79 percent of the photos as “favorites.”
So, 1. go check out the Flickr site. 2. add the LOC blog to your reader.

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Paris Exposition of 1900

Interior of the Palace of Horticulture, Paris Exposition 1900

Interior of the Palace of Horticulture, Paris Exposition 1900

There is a great set of 270 photographs of the Paris Exposition of 1900 from the Brooklyn Museum’s Goodyear Archival Collection on Flickr Commons.  Best of all, they are free of copyright restrictions!

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