From the Special Collections Department's Walter and Martha Leuba Collection

 

Making the Archives Accessible: Metadata Collection and Digitization

For my internship this semester, I worked in the Special Collections Department at Hillman Library to help to facilitate the online accessibility of the Walter and Martha Leuba Collection. The Leuba collection is composed of several hundred original woodcuts, wood engravings, metal cuts, and linoleum cuts, as well as thousands of books. As an art history major, I took on the task of compiling metadata about the woodblock prints, engravings, and lithographs within the collection.

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  • Academic Interns
 

Exploring the Path to England

Recently, I have taken some time to explore the changes made to medart’s menu page for England (menuengland). Some of the most drastic changes to medart occurred on this page. In the earliest snapshot we have of menuengland from 12.25.1996 the user had to navigate to the images they wanted through a map. The user had to click on the location of whichever monument they wanted images of. They did have a link to an alphabetic site list one could choose as an alternative to the map.

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  • Sustaining MedArt
  • Graduate Work
  • VMW
 

Considering Artistic Movements to Focus On & A Prelude to Photoshop Pixel Histogram Analysis

In my last blog-post, I touched on a potential method to study neuroesthetics by first analyzing the specific characteristics of some artwork using Adobe Photoshop. While I have continued to look at possible ways to quantify artwork characteristics, I first decided on a methodology. I plan on using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, an online-based method designed to get human subject input.

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  • Undergraduate Work
  • VMW
 

Site Specificity and Diversity Concerns within Itinera

 

Since starting on Itinera, I've focused on Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, an 18th-Century aristocrat and poet. Specifically, I focus on her tour from London, through Eastern Europe, and into Istanbul with her hubsband, the English ambassador to Turkey. As her introduction reads:

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  • Environment
  • Mobility/Exchange
  • Visual Knowledge
  • Itinera
  • Graduate Work
  • VMW
 

Women of Carnegie's Botany Hall

            Located on the second floor of CMNH, adjacent to the North American Wildlife Section, the Hall of Botany seems like a forgotten space by the museum. Initially, I was unsure if I would find a story that genuinely interested me.  I had no idea of the wealth of research avenues that would peak my interests.

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  • Visual Knowledge
  • Current Projects
  • Academic Interns
  • Dioramas in Context
  • Undergraduate Work
 

Discoveries in Medart

With the help of Matt Burton we were able to successfully extract metadata from the medart folders via unix commands. We have since imported that data into an excel spreadsheet from which we have begun analyzing and organizing our findings. I have been specifically looking at when which directories were most frequently modified and which file types were used most prominently.

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  • Sustaining MedArt
  • Graduate Work
  • VMW
 

Museum Exhibition Seminar presents Paradoxes of Play!

Finally, after much hard work, deliberation, investigation, and play ourselves, the Museum Studies Exhibition Seminar class is proud to present our final exhibition, Paradoxes of Play: Conrete and Conceptualist Proposals from Brazil and Beyond! Here are a few pictures from our opening reception this past Friday. Come out and experience it for yourself at the UAG from now until December 9, Monday-Friday 10am-4pm.

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  • Undergraduate Work
  • UAG
 

Midterm Blog Post- Update on Progress

After reading only a mere summary of a few possible academic internship opportunities, I really had no idea what to expect when I chose to join an internship that involved working on a digital exhibition of Botany Hall in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. I had no idea what my role in this project would be, nor how large of a project this digital exhibition would be.

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  • Visual Knowledge
  • Current Projects
  • Academic Interns
  • Dioramas in Context
Graves Art Sales
 

New Directions in the VMW

Alison Langmead has embarked on outreach efforts to connect the VMW with other digital humanities spaces, beginning with our colleagues in the US, but soon hoping to move more internationally. We are looking forward to all of the opportunities this will provide, and are perceiving a future where the question is less "what can computers do for the study of material culture," and more, "what shall we do today?”

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  • Current Projects
  • Decomposing Bodies
  • Itinera
  • Sustaining MedArt
  • Populations
  • Undergraduate Work
  • Graduate Work
  • Spaces
  • VMW

This is the original image used, artwork by William de Kooning. 

 

The Beginning of an Exploratory Project in Neuroesthetics

Hello!

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  • Undergraduate Work
  • VMW