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Arts: Scout Report 2002/03/29


From: BJ Berquist (berquist_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Mar 30 2002 - 16:44:53 PST

4. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

The Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, located in
Washington DC, has recently launched this new Web site. Created with
Story Interactive Studios, this innovative online premiere brings
about half of Hirshhorn's collection, allowing Internet users to view
research artworks and holdings that have been previously inaccessible
and rarely on public display. A few of the site's highlights include a
rotating display of individual artworks featured on every page; an
interactive educational component that teaches visitors of all ages
the process of making art by allowing them the opportunity to construct
their own sculptures using a palette of shapes, colors, and effects; and
cinematic slide show of the Hirshhorn story that documents the history
the institution, the building, and the founding donor (including an
clip of Joseph H. Hirshhorn's 1974 inaugural speech). In addition, the
contains and a pop-up calendar that gives instant access to listings of
current and upcoming events, and offers downloadable worksheets and
resource materials regarding the collection. Teachers, parents,
and art enthusiasts may find this site worthy of attention. [MG]

7. Afghanistan: Images from the Harrison Forman Collection

Presented by the American Geographical Society Collection of the
of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries, Afghanistan: Images from the Harrison
Forman Collection is an online exhibit that documents the life and
of Afghanistan in the late 1960s (several years before the Soviet Union
invaded the country). Consisting of 186 images selected from a set of
slides of Afghanistan in the Harrison Forman Photographic Collection,
photographs were taken by Harrison Forman in 1969 and are housed in the
American Geographic Society Collection. The site is organized into six
browseable subject categories -- architecture, history, land, people,
settlements, and transportation; each category consists of thumbnail
linked to full records. [MG]

12. A New Deal for the Arts

During the Great Depression of the 1930s and into the early years of
War II, the Federal government sponsored a variety of art projects to
provide work for unemployed artists. This remarkable effort is presented
here with a unique selection of artworks, documents, and photographs
provided by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
this collection, users may view paintings such as Fishermen's Village by
Edmund Lewandowski, History of Southern Illinois by Paul Kelpe, Years of
Dust by Ben Shahn, Mine Rescue by Fletcher Martin, and many more.
an exceptionally diverse collage of artworks from this particular era,
colorful exhibit is divided into 5 categories -- rediscovering America,
celebrating "the People", work pays America, activist arts, and useful

13. Herblock's History: Political Cartoons from the Crash to the

Caricaturing twelve American presidents from Herbert Hoover to Bill
editorial cartoonist Herbert Block has chronicled the nation's political
history from the stock market crash in 1929 through the new millennium.
of his many achievements include three Pulitzer Prizes for editorial
cartooning (1942, 1954, and 1979) and a fourth with Washington
for public service during the Watergate investigation (1973). Herblock's
History celebrates Block's gift to the Library of Congress of more than
hundred works, spanning seventy years of world history. His cartoons are
only humorous but also enlightening and inspiring. For political cartoon
enthusiasts and users with a funny bone waiting for a tickle, this site
definitely one to explore. [MG]

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2002.
Respectfully submitted,
BJ Berquist
Associate Educator, TAPPED IN