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The Sun Sets on Pacific Standard Time

Moving Museum Catalogues Online

The Ghent Altarpiece in 100 Billion Pixels

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Pacific Standard Time
Six-Month Celebration of Postwar Art in L.A. Comes to an End

Pacific Standard Time is drawing to a close. Since October 2011, the initiative has brought art lovers far and wide to Los Angeles for 68 exhibitions and related programming celebrating art in Southern California between 1945 and 1980. In January, visitors experienced the Performance and Public Art Festival, with over 30 re-stagings and reinventions of historic performance art from the period. Other innovative programming included "Art as an Appetizer," which added the culinary arts to the initiative with special menus and food truck meet-ups serving fare inspired by artworks in Pacific Standard Time exhibitions; and a LEGO Modern Home Design competition in partnership with Dwell magazine to recreate Pacific Standard Time-era homes out of the popular children's toy. The initiative closes officially on March 31, with the Foundation sponsoring special programming and free admission at museums that still have open Pacific Standard Time shows. A few of the shows will remain open past March 31. For more information on all events visit pacificstandardtime.org before the closing weekend.

"Art as an Appetizer" promo from pacificstandardtime.org.
Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative
An Interim Report

Museums considering online collections catalogues have a new resource at their disposal. The Foundation has released an interim report for its Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI). Entitled Moving Museum Catalogues Online, the report underscores the opportunities and challenges of publishing in an online environment and highlights lessons learned during the initiative's planning phase by the nine participating partner organizations: the Art Institute of Chicago, the Freer and Sackler Galleries, the Getty Museum, LACMA, the National Gallery of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Seattle Art Museum, Tate, and the Walker Art Center. The report includes advice and inside perspectives from OSCI team members and is available for download on the Foundation's website.

Cover of OSCI interim report.
Cover of OSCI interim report.

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Ghent Altarpiece Website
Zoom into Details of Renowned Painting

As a result of a Getty grant, it is now possible to zoom into intricate, breathtaking details of one of the most exquisite panel paintings in the world, Hubert and Jan Van Eyck's Mystic Lamb, also known as the Ghent Altarpiece. In 2010 the Foundation provided a grant to support an in-depth examination and emergency stabilization of this masterpiece, which also afforded unparalleled training opportunities for several promising panel paintings conservators, as part of the Panel Paintings Initiative. During the technical study, the project team documented every centimeter of the altarpiece in regular and infrared light at the highest resolution. The photographs were then digitally "stitched" together in over 100 billion pixels for a new website showcasing the documentation, Closer to Van Eyck: Rediscovering the Ghent Altarpiece. The website allows viewers to study the panels at microscopic levels and virtually peek under the paint surface using infrared reflectography (IRR) and x-radiography filters. Entirely open-source, the website is a valuable tool for both scholars and the general public to understand more about one of the greatest works in the history of art.

To test the website yourself, go to closertovaneyck.kikirpa.be.

Hubert and Jan van Eyck, Angel Musicians (detail), from the Ghent Altarpiece. Assembly of digital macrophotographs. Image from the website Closer to Van Eyck: Rediscovering the Ghent Altarpiece.
Hubert and Jan van Eyck, Angel Musicians (detail), from the Ghent Altarpiece. Assembly of digital macrophotographs. Image from the website Closer to Van Eyck: Rediscovering the Ghent Altarpiece.

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