iPadography Lets the Animals Out
TheÂ Art Museum of Southeast Texas is showing middle school-aged students how to create a funky new type of portraiture using their new iPads. Led by the artist Michelle Cate, the museumâsÂ Gift of Art students extended the artistic potential of tablets during back-to-back Saturday workshops. Â Inspired by the artistâs work with iPhone photography, students learned how to create what the artist refers to as iPadographs, portraits using the app Hipstamatic to create evocative double exposures. The guiding theme was to unleash oneâs inner animal and included imagery such as zebras, lions, and elephants layered over the studentsâ faces.
Pulling Back the Curtain of Time
The recent deployment of iPads at theÂ Blanton Museum of Art now offers visitors the opportunity to take a deeper dive into art history. In the museumâs Susman Gallery, guests get to hear contemporary artists speaking on behalf of their own work; the European gallery iPad explores various genres of paintings and makes connections between collections; and theÂ Battle Casts of the Schweitzer Gallery are re-animated through recorded readings of ancient and historical texts by University of Texas Classics professors. Virtual visitors can benefit as well by accessing interactive PDFs on the museumâsÂ blog.
Planning for the Future in West Texas
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts (SAMFA) Director Howard Taylor has a big vision for the city on the banks of the Concho River, and the museum is at the center of it. For FUTURE LAB, the sixth installment of the museumâs Visions and Choices series,Â SAMFA developed an evolving crowdsourced exhibition/laboratory that displayed the local communityâs vision for improving and beautifying San Angelo. Accompanying the exhibit was a Collectors Society-sponsored Lecture Series that included Peter Bishop, Director of the Graduate program in Foresight at the University of Houston; Ford Bell, President of the American Alliance of Museums; and Roy Mann, Principal at The Rivers Studio.