@ClevelandArt #GalleryOne Crash Party

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ArtLens MapCMA Crash Party Invite - You've been selected...

The invite read:

You've been selected to join an elite group of tech testers for a sneak preview at the Cleveland Museum Art. We need you — the early adopters, the technically adventurous, and the social media savvy — to join us on December 19, 5:30-8:30 p.m. for a behind-the-scenes event, the CMA Crash Party for Gallery One!
Bring your iPad (or use one of ours) and help us try to crash our series of interactive displays. You may be participating in the most advanced digital gallery display in the U.S., which showcases interpretation, design, and new technologies in collaboration. While you're testing, our team will give a short presentation to demonstrate and discuss the process behind the build. We hope you'll share any insights you have with us.
We promise — you'll be engaged with art in a whole new way!
This event is by invitation only. Please RSVP for Security Clearance.

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
  • Art
  • 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:

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.

ArtLens Map
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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.)

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These two tweets show:

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.

Art Museum interactive display - draw line to search for art with that line

History information: interact with photos that provide more information about artwork near you.

Art Museum interactive display provides art history information

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:

Art Museum interactive display - match your pose to artwork

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. 

Congratulations - Gallery One & ArtLens App

The Cleveland Museum of Art Gallery One

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. 



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Submitted by Stuart Smith on Fri, 01/18/2013 - 12:38


"Features largest multi-touch screen in the
United States, blends art, technology and interpretation" 

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.

Official Press Release:
New Interactive Gallery Opens at the Cleveland Museum of Art on January 21

Thank you to Jane Alexander who emailed me this exciting announcement about the opening, and shared via Twitter: 


The Plain Dealer:
Cleveland Museum of Art leads American art museums with its new Apple iPad mobile app and Gallery One education center

For those of you who did not see the article by Steven Litt (@Steven_Litt) in The Plain Dealer (@ThePlainDealer), be sure to read it online via Cleveland.com (@ClevelandDotCom): 

Fresh Water:
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).

Learn how the museum's great new Drupal website (ClevelandArt.org) was built at: 

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. 

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