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Re: Calder

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Lorena Nalin (nalin)
Fri, 3 Jul 1998 17:56:20 -0700

This came to me from the UofWI "Scout Report"

"10. Alexander Calder: 1898-1976--NGA [VRML Live Picture, RealPlayer]
You can beat the Washington DC tourist crowds by taking this virtual tour
of one of this summer's hot tickets, Alexander Calder: 1898-1976 at the
National Gallery of Art. The exhibition, commemorating the centenary of
Calder's birth, brings together over 260 of his best works, including many
mobiles, the moving sculptures that Calder invented, and also jewelry,
paintings, and wire and bronze sculptures. There are several ways to move
through the VRML (Live Picture) exhibition, which is a selection of the
installation at the Gallery. A click on the map in the lower right-hand
corner of the screen, takes visitors into one of the rooms of the
exhibition. Once in the room, clicking on any artwork brings up its picture
and description. Selected images are augmented by RealPlayer narration.
Alternately, visitors can navigate by means of a textual menu. It is a
little difficult to comprehend the scale of the artworks in the virtual
tour, and while exhibition-goers in Washington can watch a six-minute video
showing views of Calder's monumental sculptures installed in cities around
the world, those taking the virtual tour must be content with maquettes of
the larger works. [DS]

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