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Art Institute of Chicago

Monet, Art Institute of Chicago
 
The Art Institute of Chicago's OSCI publication focuses on the museum's renowned collection of Impressionist masterpieces by Monet and Renoir. Organized as two separate catalogues, the volumes place particular emphasis on conservation documentation with innovative functionality such as interactive x-ray filters that show how the artists changed their paintings in early stages. Other features include a customized citation tool for researchers. The Art Institute commissioned the Indianapolis Museum of Art's IMA Lab to create the publication's underlying software that pulls data from a variety of sources for use in the catalogue. This open-source software, the OSCI Toolkit, has been made freely available to the museum community and was also used by several other OSCI partners. Explore the catalogue...

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

 
The Freer/Sackler catalogue builds on the recently acquired Gerhard Pulverer Collection of Japanese illustrated books, one of the most important collections of these hand-made works of art. Their publication focuses on artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760- 1849), whose work had a marked influence on European and American modern artists. The catalogue's special features include a "digital study room" that allows readers to save their annotations, notes, searches, and favorites in their own password protected part of the site. The team also made sure that the collection material is searchable in both English and Japanese.
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Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

LACMA back of head
 
Focusing on highlights from the museum's fine collection of Southeast Asian art, LACMA's OSCI catalogue uses the OSCI Toolkit first developed for the Art Institute of Chicago. Detailed entries and new interpretive essays form the centerpiece of the catalogue, and they are enhanced by high-resolution images, conservation documentation, videos, maps, and photographs that visually connect the museum's objects to their place of origin. Readers may rotate and enlarge images of select objects, use an easy online citation tool to reference the catalogue, and share content with social media plug-ins.
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The National Gallery of Art (NGA)

 
The NGA's OSCI publication is an updated and expanded digital version of Arthur Wheelock Jr.'s Dutch Paintings of the Seventeenth Century. Among its special features are a sophisticated image comparison tool, a customized reading environment, and new multimedia content, including a series of video tours of the NGA's Dutch paintings galleries led by Wheelock. The OSCI publication is the first release for NGA Online Editions, an ongoing effort that will provide access to the most current in-depth information on the Gallery's collections along with smart tools for citing, comparing, sharing, exporting, viewing, printing, and storing texts and images.
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The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

Screenshot of SFMOMA catalogue
 
SFMOMA's completed OSCI publication, The Rauschenberg Research Project, provides access to the equivalent of 600+ print pages of new research, vibrant illustrations, and multimedia content about the American artist Robert Rauschenberg. Users can watch video clips of the artist talking about how artworks were created, view annotated images that show how Rauschenberg altered some of his most famous pieces after they were initially exhibited, and read curatorial documents that were previously difficult to access, such as detailed correspondence revealing the artist's secret "recipe" for tinting collaged fabric.
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Seattle Art Museum

SAM kj screen grab
 
Seattle Art Museum (SAM) houses one of the premier collections of Chinese art in North America, but prior to OSCI the material had not been studied in depth and was largely unpublished. SAM's online catalogue contains a detailed assessment of each object, new photography, in-depth comparative research, and essays from experts. The works' inscriptions and seals, of critical historic and artistic significance, were also fully translated, a feature rarely available in traditional print catalogues. The zoom function shows images in great detail, and users can also create their own collections of favorite works, as well as add comments in a discussion thread. Since many of these scrolls are not regularly opened and on public view, the online catalogue is providing unprecedented access to these works.
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Tate

 
Tate's OSCI publication is on the British Post-Impressionist circle known as the Camden Town Group, which included artists Spencer Gore, Harold Gilman, and Walter Sickert. In addition to detailed entries for individual works in their collection, Tate's catalogue includes a wide-ranging selection of research material that elucidates the artists' relationship to their social and cultural context, as well their individual working methods. Highlights include correspondence, sketches, film clips from the period, and even audio files of popular music hall songs related to depictions by the Camden Town Group artists.
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Walker Art Center

Walker's OSCI publication
 
The Walker's OSCI publication, Living Collections Catalogue: On Performativity, is an exploration of performance-based work in the museum's collections, including unique pieces commissioned by the Walker. The volume features new essays by leading scholars that integrate video, audio, still images, and archival material into a crisp, responsive-design environment that adapts to your viewing device. Foundation grant support also extended to forthcoming volumes II and III of the catalogue.
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