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Coëtivy Master, Philosophy Presenting the Seven Liberal Arts to Boethius, c. 1460-75, Tempera colors, gold leaf, and gold paint on parchment, 17 x 6 cm (The J. Paul Getty Museum)

The Humanities “Crisis”—are museums and higher education doing all they can?

The preservation, transmission, and advancement of knowledge in the digital age are promoted by the unencumbered use and reuse of digitized content for research, teaching, learning, and creative activities. —Memo on open access to digital representations of works in the public domain from museum, library, and archive collections, Yale University, 2011 This blunt (and for […]

“Can I Use This?” How Museum and Library Image Policies Undermine Education

Is the discipline of art history (together with museums and libraries) squandering the digital revolution? We’re not the only ones with this concern. Just last week James Cuno wrote a short article, “How Art History is Failing the Internet” and WIlliam Noel tweeted, “Calling on all other great libraries; follow @britishlibrary‘s example. Free your images!” […]

Zaha Hadid, MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts, 1998 - 2009 (opened 2010), Via Guido Reni, Rome.

Museums and Open Education

As we rethink the factory-style model of education in our schools (students learning in a group at a standardized pace) empowered by the powerful technologies now at our disposal, we will naturally also think of  ways to better support the educational missions of museums. Some recent discussions The thoughts below were inspired by a number […]

On the Future of Art History (& the Humanities) Outside the Walls

Last week, Beth and I delivered a paper on the future of higher education at an experimental conference in ScienceSim, an Open Sim virtual world supported by Intel. The conference went off quite well thanks to Shenlei Winkler, its thoughtful and extremely capable organizer. We titled our presentation “The Future of Education: what will open, three-dimensional […]