LA Times: “Why the Hammer Museum’s New Free Digital Archives are a Game Changer”
The Hammer, with the aid of a $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is in the process of producing a series of digital archives that will allow researchers and the general public to access information related to some of its exhibitions for free online.
The project goes beyond just creating a bells-and-whistles exhibition website. The archive features important essays generated by the show, links to outside coverage, as well as documentation, photography and other research material.
“You have symposia, you have lectures, you have gallery talks, you have essays, all of which advance knowledge of this work,” says Cynthia Burlingham, the museum’s deputy director of curatorial affairs. “You learn so much during the duration of the exhibition that you weren’t able to put into the catalog or even the exhibition. It might include additional works of art or things that have different kinds of audiences.”
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