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Halloween Post: An App for Exploring an Historic Cemetery

This past Halloween weekend the exhibition Sylvan Cemetery: Architecture, Art and Landscape at Woodlawn Cemetery closed at the Wallach Gallery at Columbia University (Sept 3 – Nov 1, 2014).  Woodlawn Cemetery, one of the country’s most significant 19th-century garden cemeteries is currently

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Gilded Age New York: A Q&A with Barbara Gallati

The New-York Historical Society recently opened Beauty’s Legacy: Gilded Age Portraits in America  (September 26, 2013-March 9, 2014). The exhibition—curated by Barbara Dayer Gallati, curator emerita of American art at the Brooklyn Museum—explores the popularity of society portraiture across the U.S. in

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3D Scanning in Museums: A Q&A with the Smithsonian’s “Laser Cowboys”

In the nineteenth century, cast collections—plaster copies of famous statues and architectural monuments primarily from antiquity and the Renaissance—enabled working people to study and enjoy works of art that previously had only been available to the wealthy elite who could

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Artists as Docents: A Q&A with Michele Saliola of the Judd Foundation

In June, Donald Judd’s five-story home and studio, in a historic cast-iron building at the corner of Spring and Mercer Streets in New York’s Soho, will re-open to the public after a three-year restoration. Judd bought the building in 1968

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Gettysburg at 150

I attended The Future of Civil War History conference recently at Gettysburg. One outstanding element of the conference involved a series of field experiences, two-hour plus morning tours with various experts covering topics like battlefield rehabilitation or the fighting in

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Building a Museum Collection from the Ground Up

Museum collections are so often the product of serendipity and circumstance— accumulated over a long period of time, shaped by curators’ interests, particular exhibition needs, bequests and a myriad of other factors. But what about a museum starting from scratch?

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