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Arts: Scout Report 2002/04/19


From: BJ Berquist (berquist_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Apr 19 2002 - 14:10:33 PDT

8. The Russian Avant-Garde Book 1910-1934 [Flash]

A companion site to an exhibit now on display at the Museum of Modern
Art in
New York (last mentioned in the November 6, 2001 _Scout Report_), The
Russian Avant-Garde Book: 1910-1934 affords visitors an opportunity to
explore a lost world of artists and intellectuals who wanted to help
the world by making it see the sense in communism and socialism. Broken
three parts, provocatively titled A Slap in the Face of Public Taste,
Transform the World, and Building Socialism, the exhibit awakens viewers
the passion from which it sprang. A lively interactive tour, the online
exhibit shuttles visitors past more than three hundred examples of
avant-garde text, graphic art, and photography. Following each
tour, users are free to return to the main page of any of the three
and consider at leisure the items that most grabbed their interest.
most compelling is the site's perspective of the life cycle of the
Avant-Garde movement itself, which only meant to help but was ultimately
suppressed by a dictator who came to fear internal artistic expression
much as he did political challenge or resistance. [WH]

9. The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Timeline of Art History

Currently presenting world art from Metropolitan Museum dating 20,000 BC
1400 AD, the Timeline of Art History can be navigated from a timeline,
or the thematic index. To orient by date or geography, proceed from the
timeline itself to the World Map, and select a region such as North
1000 - 1400 AD. An overview page lists characteristic developments of
time period (e.g., pueblos in New Mexico in 1000). Small images of
contemporary art, in this case a black and white Mimbres bowl, link to
larger images with full descriptions. To approach by art historical
start at the thematic index, and proceed to definition pages such as The
Cult of the Virgin, which includes a 10th century Greek ivory icon
the Virgin, a French wooden sculpture of the Virgin and child (1200 AD),
a leaf from an Italian 14th century manuscript that shows the birth of
Virgin in an initial G. There are also links back to related spots on
timeline from definition pages. Viewers should check back frequently,
though, because the timeline will eventually reach to the present day.

16. Freshwater and Marine Image Bank

This image bank is part of the University of Washington Libraries
Collections. The site makes available more than 2600 images, all from
and 19th century publications, many of which "lay buried in aging
volumes on
fragile paper in obscure corners of library stacks." Users can search or
browse for images; each has been scanned for the digital collection and
includes a description and bibliographic citation. This is a unique
that uses modern technology to preserve substantial historical data.
site is also reviewed in the April 19, 2002 _NSDL Life Sciences Report_.

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2002.

Forwarded by:
BJ Berquist
Associate Educator, TAPPED IN