The invite read:
I was very excited when a friend sent me an invite to the Cleveland Museum of Art #GalleryOne sneak preview event - CMA Gallery One Crash Party! This event was the perfect combination of my interests:
- Cutting Edge Technology
- Cleveland Events - our city leading the nation!
I had heard via my involvement with the Cleveland Drupal Users Group (Meetup.com/Cleveland-Drupal - @DrupalCleveland) that the Cleveland Museum of Art (ClevelandArt.org - @ClevelandArt) was rolling out a new #Drupal website, but what I learned that night was way beyond what I could have imagined:
ArtLens iPad App
- Provides interactive map and customizable tours.
- Identifies art with iPad camera, then provides art history and displays informational videos.
- Shares via Facebook and Twitter links to art detail web pages on the new Art Museum Drupal website. Learn more at Online Collection at: ClevelandArt.org/Art/Collections
- Gallery One: Interactive Art Wall
- Gallery One: Interactive Exhibits
I highly recommend that you visit the museum when Gallery One opens in the new year. The ArtLens iPad app, which will work through the entire museum, will be available in the Apple App Store in January 2013.
ArtLens iPad App
The first thing I did at the Crash Party was to have a short "how to use the ArtLens app" training. Starting with the map feature, I learned that the map used the museum's WiFi system to show what room you were in and the collections of art in that room. With the app, you can use tours of the museum created by others or you can create your own tour. The Crash Party attendees only tested the app in the Gallery One area, but the ArtLens app will work throughout the museum.
The following photos and video show how the ArtLens app camera recognizes a piece of artwork, and then provides more details. (Please click on the photos to view slide show at full size.)
These two tweets show:
- How the ArtLens app automatically generates a link to the correct web page on the Cleveland Art Museum website (click the link to test):
- The view seen by the person holding the iPad running ArtLens:
There is more the ArtLens app can do. Please feel free to share what you learn by adding a comment below after going to the art museum and giving it a try.
Gallery One: Interactive Art Wall
A HUGE art wall is a major feature of the new Gallery One. The wall lets you interact with the large collection of the museum and also mark pieces as favorites by dragging them to your iPad ArtLens app. Once marked in the app as a favorite, you can share them via Facebook and Twitter, and create your own tour. Here is an official Art Museum video, followed by some videos I took at the Crash Party.
Gallery One: Interactive Displays
There were also several interactive displays in the new Gallery One. Here are some examples of the displays.
Draw a line: Lets you draw lines on the screen and see artwork that contains those lines.
History information: interact with photos that provide more information about artwork near you.
Match artwork shape: interactive display where visitors get feedback on how well they position their bodies to match the positions of figures in the artwork. Click on the following photo and note how the person on the right is trying to match the artwork figure on the left:
Face Recognition: interactive display that allows visitors to make faces which are then matched by artwork with the same facial expression. The following tweet from John Heaney (@JohnHeaney) shows a good example:
CMA Crash Party & Gallery One Tweets
Be sure to take a look at these tweets. Many have great photos and comments that will give you insight into what Gallery One and the ArtLens app will offer when it opens to the public in the new year.
Museum member? You could be checking out a cool intersection of art, technology and interpretation RIGHT NOW. Details @ clevelandart.org/galleryone— ClevelandArt (@ClevelandArt) December 18, 2012
Looks like the @clevelandart Museum has migrated its website successfully to Drupal. Congrats to the CMA web team!— Drupal Cleveland (@DrupalCleveland) December 19, 2012
Hey there #GalleryOne— scott pollack (@TechCma) December 19, 2012
can't wait for tonight's #CMACrashParty. Hope all the iPad tech that CMA has been teasing is as amazing as its promise.— John Heaney (@johnheaney) December 19, 2012
At Cleveland museum of art for #CMACrashParty— John Heaney (@johnheaney) December 19, 2012
#GalleryOne WOW! great experience.— Gigabit Squared (@GigabitSquared) December 19, 2012
Transforming the art museum experience: Gallery One.Go to clevelandart.org/galleryone for more information.— michelle toivonen (@MaestroMichelle) December 20, 2012
CMA #galleryone escape!— madamemalkin (@madamemalkin) December 20, 2012
Heading home. Had such good time at #GalleryOne did not realize it was almost tomorrow.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. (@sos_jr) December 20, 2012
Congratulations - Gallery One & ArtLens App
As a person who has been visiting the Cleveland Museum of Art since taking Saturday classes in high school, I really appreciate all the new developments at the museum (see here the panoramic photos I took during the Chalk Festival).
Congratulations to Jane Alexander (@JanecAlexander) and her team at the Cleveland Museum of Art for creating this world class resource for Cleveland. I look forward to returning to the museum to learn more.
Submitted by Stuart Smith on Sat, 01/05/2013 - 17:26
Submitted by Stuart Smith on Fri, 01/18/2013 - 12:38
We are very fortunate in Cleveland to have the Cleveland Museum of Art (@ClevelandArt). I remember enjoying attending art classes there while in high school, and my wife and I have always enjoyed visiting.
With my interest in the museum and in technology, it is with great civic pride that I share the following about our art museum being the first in the nation to feature interactive technology.
— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. (@sos_jr) January 17, 2013
The Plain Dealer:
Cleveland Museum of Art leads American art museums with its new Apple iPad mobile app and Gallery One education center
gallery one opening
Special Free Cleveland Tech Meetings
In addition to the big opening on January 21st, please be aware of these special, free Cleveland tech meetings related to new technology at the museum. These meetings are being held by the Greater Cleveland PC Users Group (@GCPCUG), and the Cleveland Drupal Users Group (@DrupalCleveland).
We are lucky to have so many free and low-cost tech education meetings like these. Please remember to check back with sosAssociates.com each week and follow sos_jr on Twitter to learn more and share with others.