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Arts: Scout Report 2002/05/10


From: BJ Berquist (berquist_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri May 10 2002 - 15:12:07 PDT

2. July 1942: United We Stand [Flash]

Offered by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, this Web
site is an attractive presentation of the early 1940's via magazine
and commentary about them. In the wake of September 11, having seen the
phrase "God Bless America" posted on signs ranging from church fronts
bumper stickers to restaurants windows and gas stations, readers should
relate to the use of the 1942 slogan "United We Stand," adopted by over
hundred magazines as a response to the United States' declaration of war
during World War II. In HTML with a skippable Flash intro, the Web site
elegantly explains and illustrates the campaign championed by the
press. Scholars, as well as amateur historians and the most casual
researchers, should find the site not only worthwhile but also
For users less interested in browsing the presentation, the site
provides a
substantial search page for the 300+ magazine covers in the collection.

10. Mary Louise Reynolds Collection

Mary Louise Reynolds (1891-1950) led a fascinating life at the center of
Surrealist circle of artists, numbering as her friends Max Ernst, Man
Paul Éluard, André Breton, Jean Cocteau, and Salvador Dalí. Reynolds and
Surrealist Marcel Duchamp were partners in a long term relationship
by their friends to be far happier than most marriages. She was a book
artist and served in the French resistance during World War II. The
materials in the Mary Louise Reynolds Archive and her collection of rare
books and bindings at the Art Institute of Chicago have inspired at
two books and several exhibitions, as well as this Web site. The site
features four essays reprinted from the Art Institute's _Museum Studies_
journal, illustrated with digital images of Surrealist works, and
in both HTML and Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) formats. There is also an online
finding aid to the collection, and it is possible to search the Ryerson
Burnham Library's catalog for Reynolds collection items. One portion of
site (View Works of Art) brings together all the digitized works of art:
Reynolds' book bindings, Surrealist documents, prints, and a few
photographs. [DS]

13. Museum of Online Museums

If you have a minute to spare, pay a visit to Coudal.Com's Museum of
Museums (MoOM), which features shows and exhibits ranging from the
and staid to the incredibly exotic. Broken into three separate
the site serves as a portal to some very distinctive collections, such
those of the Art Institute of Chicago and France's Musee d'Orsay. In
permanent collection, the MoOM site affords viewers the opportunity to
consider "art" in ways they might never have considered, as in the
of "Fading Billboards" and "Roadside and Outsider Art," just to name a
Elevating to the level of art, objects probably never considered thus,
third showcase or portal leads the way to such attractions as "The
Museum of
Airsickness Bags," "Manhole Covers Arranged by County," and, a real find
Lego enthusiasts young and old, the "Lego Instructions" site. Linking
leading the way to much more worth considering, the Museum of Online
is sure to keep you engaged and in search of more. [WH]

15. The Internet Broadway Database

Created by the League of American Theatres and Producers' Research
Department, The Internet Broadway Database provides an array of
about past and current Broadway shows. The database is a result of
collection development by the League, based primarily on theatre
(generally from a show's opening night). Other information is harvested
from media reports, interviews, and the League's archives. The goal of
site is to "serve as a comprehensive history of Broadway for the benefit
League members, press, theatre professionals and enthusiasts." The site
features a list of shows currently on Broadway, as well as a
advanced search page that allows users to dig up information on past
productions. [REB]

16. [Real Player, Windows Media Player]

A site devoted to offering streaming video commercials, offers
online access to a large assortment of television advertisements.
an attractive interface, users can search for commericials either by
name or by television show episode. So, for those watching their
television program and want to see a commercial that aired during it, should be the perfect way to access the commercial. Currently,
access by TV program is limited to a few shows on ABC and FOX, but the
offers an extensive list of brand/product names to browse. Also of
is the Inside Ads link, which takes users to a page that gives in-depth
commentary on select commercials; an archive of previous comments is
available. Two versions of each commercial are available: low
and broadband. Media studies researchers, as well as teachers who use
analysis in their lesson plans, should appreciate the easy access to
commercials that provides. And of course, for those who
popular culture, be great for viewing the latest "you've gotta
that one" commercial. [TS]

18. Finale Notepad 2002

Finale Notepad 2002 is a nifty musical notation tool offered for free
download by Coda Music Technology. Available for both Windows and
Macintosh, the software enables sheet music creation on the computer via
user-friendly interfaces, intuitive wizards, and simple icons. For
musicians that need a simple software package to write and compose
Finale Notepad 2002 will probably function adequately. A great feature
should aid the composition process is a playback feature that reads and
plays musical notation, sounding much like a traditional, no frills MIDI
player. Users with low bandwidth should be wary of the bulky file size,
though; the Macintosh version was roughly 7 MB. [TS]

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

Forwarded by:
BJ Berquist
Associate Educator, TAPPED IN