Examples of WGBH/Boston Forum Network online full motion video


The Metropolitan Museum of Art shows in two 2005 video clips the 25 foot tall large-scale sculpture Plantoir and Corridor Pin, Blue by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen, installed on the roof of the museum.


In 2004 the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA hosted the "Summer Hot Shop Artists Series" that ran from May 14 through September 7, featuring seasonal residencies by glass artists in the Museum's Hot Shop. During the residencies the Museum's web site featured a special section devoted to the Summer Hot Shop Artists Series including biographies, images and streaming video of the artists in the Hot Shop. Susan Warner, Director of Education for the Museum, said in an April, 2005 conversation with TFAO that the streaming video feature will again be offered during the 2005 residencies. For the 2005 season there are 13 artists featured. During each residency there is posted an approximately 1 1/2-minute introductory video, narrated by the artist, accompanied by a process video and a photo gallery.


The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art web site contains an interactive online exhibit titled Robert Bechtle: A Retrospective which contains movies. In one movie the artist describes how he paints motion and stillness and in another he discusses still life vs. landscape painting.


The American Museum of Natural History presents Preparing a Museum Group. This 12-minute video, narrated by Ray de Lucia, features archival footage of Wilson working on the Fisher and Porcupine diorama in the Hall of North American Mammals. James Perry Wilson's great artistic skill and feeling are evident in many of the diorama backgrounds in the Hall of North American Mammals, including the majestic view of the Wyoming plains depicted in the Bison and Pronghorn Group. Wilson's views, whether of field, forest, or mountaintop, beautifully convey both the details and character of each scene and fuse imperceptibly with the scene's foreground. Each diorama represents a specific location, carefully selected in the field and faithfully depicted in the foreground exhibits and the background paintings.


The Stillman-Lack Foundation presents two streaming RealMedia videos:

Ary Stillman: 58 Years of Painting, narrated by Frances Stillman, in which she discusses her husband's paintings as they are shown.This 55-minute video is produced and directed by Henry L. Thomas.

A Conversation, contains excerpts of a conversation Sid Lash held with Frances Stillman on Ary Stillman's paintings for KHOU-TV, Houston, TX., February 20, 1969. This 10-minute video is produced by Pearlman Productions, Houston,TX



The Wallace Foundation worked with the The Cleveland Museum of Art to create a promotional video in which former Cleveland Indians Manager Mike Hargrove hosted an "All-Star" video tour of its permanent collection. The popular video even ran on the Jumbotron at Jacobs Field. Another project focused on creating special "community days" at the Museum -- a successful grass roots effort designed to attract local, underserved neighborhoods. Mr. Hargrove said "This video was important, because the purpose was to show that art was for everyone, and I had the dubious honor of being chosen Cleveland's least likely person to enjoy art or come to a museum!"


The Eiteljorg Museum Exhibitions page contains a brief video introducing visitors to the museum. The Eiteljorg Museum is the only museum in the Midwest to combine Western art and Native American art and artifacts.


The Morris Museum of Art's "About the Museum" page contains a link to a 55-second Windows Media Player video introduction from the Director.


The Seattle Channel features City A Go Go with five minute monthly programs designed to draw people out of their living rooms, into Pacific Northwest art venues. See Gretchen Batcheller in the December 2004 edition. Nancy Guppy interviews Seattle artist Anne Baumgartner's new show of paintings and collages at Cafe Lulu in the October 2004 edition. A Frye Art Museum photographic exhibit of 19th century American Landscape photographs is in the September 2004 edition


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Also see Videos online, TFAO's comprehensive catalogue of free online full motion videos focusing on American representational art.



A note on vlogs

Yet another source of online video is the vlog. According to a December 16, 2005 article in the Wall Street Journal Online:

Vlogging is relatively simple. Vloggers make a short film, copy the video to a computer and edit it if they want through software such as Windows Movie Maker or iMovie, which comes bundled with their computer. Then they join a Web site such as blip.tv, which both hosts the video and creates a blog. Users simply upload their video and give it a title.

WSJ goes on to say:

The new medium, which is attracting thousands of aspiring video producers, is part of a broader trend of do-it-yourself content that's sweeping the television landscape. Videos produced by individuals and tiny production operations also are finding their way to on-demand services offered by cable companies and new networks, like Current, that solicit user content. While most viewers stumble across vlogs while Web surfing, others find them on Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes directory, which lists some vlogs, calling them video podcasts.
The number of vlogs has mushroomed thanks to improved streaming video technology, faster Internet speeds, new Web sites that will host the video free of charge and new cellphones and other popular devices designed to play video. Vlogs are essentially publicly accessible Web logs, known as blogs, where authors can post video as well as text entries, and viewers can give feedback.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has a blog. In late 2005 the museum launched an illustrated blog named Eye Level. SAAM says:

Using the museum's collection as a touchstone, the conversation at Eye Level will be dedicated to American art and the ways in which the nation's art reflects its history and culture. The discussion will extend beyond the walls of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's collection to include other collections, exhibitions, and events. Eye Level will also document the extraordinary collaboration between curators, conservators, handlers, historians, enthusiasts, critics, exhibition and new media designers, and of course bloggers that has motivated the past and present of American art history.

It's only a matter of time until more museums have blogs, which will surely evolve into vlogs. Also, individuals and museums will be creating and posting vlogs just as they have done in the audio realm with podcasting.


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