June 16, 2021

The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Verizon Launch Interactive Virtual Art Experience

From Verizon:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Verizon today launched The Met Unframed, an immersive virtual art and gaming experience, with enhancements powered by Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband, that features more than a dozen one-of-a-kind digitally rendered galleries and nearly 50 works of art from across The Met’s vast collection.

TheMetUnframed.com invites online visitors to explore digital galleries and play games that unlock augmented reality (AR) versions of the art on view that can then be displayed virtually at home.

The Met Unframed is accessible from any 4G or 5G smart device, and is available for free for a limited five-week run.

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The custom-designed digital galleries were rendered exclusively for The Met Unframed and evoke or nearly replicate spaces from across the Museum. The virtual layout creatively arranges a sampling of galleries that display art from across millennia and from around the world, allowing the Museum—and the collection—to be experienced like never before.

Visitors to The Met Unframed are first welcomed into an intricately detailed rendering of the Museum’s iconic Great Hall, where Kent Monkman’s monumental diptych mistikôsiwak: Wooden Boat People (2019) hangs, and from there banners offer broad thematic concepts—Power, Home, Nature, and Journey—that visitors can take up while exploring the galleries.

Highlights from The Met’s collection include works by the contemporary artists El Anatsui, Mark Bradford, Ibrahim El-Salahi, Sam Gilliam, and Carmen Herrera; all of The Met’s five paintings by American modernist Jacob Lawrence; and massive works like the Egyptian Wing’s magnificent Temple of Dendur (completed by 10 B.C.) in the Egyptian wing and a stunning 14th century Chinese mural depicting the Buddha of Medicine. Visitor favorites also abound, like The Unicorn Rests in a Garden (1495-1505) from The Met Cloisters’ Unicorn Tapestries; Jackson Pollock’s Autumn Rhythm (Number 30) (1950), Vincent Van Gogh’s Wheatfield with Cypresses (1889), Emanuel Leutze’s Washington Crossing the Delaware (1851), and Rembrandt van Rijn’s Self Portrait (1660); along with important works like Lee Krasner’s Rising Green (1972), Standing Bear’s The Battle of Little Bighorn (ca. 1920), and Margareta Haverman’s Vase of Flowers (1716).

Learn More, Read the Complete Announcement

Direct to TheMetUnframed.com

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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