NEW YORK, NY.- Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced the launch of One Met. Many Worlds., a new interactive feature that is presented in 11 languages on the Museum’s website.One Met. Many Worlds. allows visitors to explore more than 500 highlights from the Museum’s encyclopedic collection in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Through details of individual works of art linked to universal themes and concepts, One Met. Many Worlds. also invites visitors to respond by pairing images playfully, poetically, and creatively.
In his Introduction, Introduction Mr. Campbell states,
“This completely reconceived and rewritten guide to the Metropolitan’s encyclopedic holdings—the first new edition of the guidebook in nearly thirty years —provides the ideal introduction to almost 600 essential masterpieces from one of the world’s most popular and beloved museums. It features a compelling and accessible design, beautiful color reproductions, and up-to-date descriptions written by the Museum’s own experts. More than a simple souvenir book, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide provides a comprehensive view of art history spanning more than five millennia and the entire globe, beginning with the Ancient World and ending in contemporary times. It includes media as varied as painting, photography, costume, sculpture, decorative arts, musical instruments, arms and armor, works on paper, and many more. Presenting works ranging from the ancient Egyptian Temple of Dendur to Canova’s Perseus with the Head of Medusa to Sargent’s Madame X, this is an indispensable volume for lovers of art and art history, and for anyone who has ever dreamed of lingering over the most iconic works in the Metropolitan Museum’s unparalleled collection”.
A GROUNDBREAKING DIGITAL TOOL
Mr. Campbell said, in making the announcement: “One Met. Many Worlds. is another groundbreaking digital tool for experiencing the Museum’s collection. Its foundation is our exceptional scholarship, but it also encourages our audiences to play and explore. This is the first of what I hope will be many multi-lingual approaches to the Met as we strive to reflect the cultures represented in our collection.”One Met. Many Worlds. takes an innovative approach to the collection. By presenting individual works of art with curatorial descriptions alongside thematic groupings of image details, the web feature incorporates the voices of both the Met’s experts and its audiences. Visitors can leave their mark by offering witty, smart, and thoughtful pairings of images, sharing their creations, and posting them on the One Met. Many Worlds. visitor gallery. They can engage with this content equally in English and in 10 additional languages.
“The new feature builds on a series of award-winning Metropolitan Museum initiatives online that are inspired by the Museum’s vast collection. The Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, launched in 2000, continues to evolve and expand, and receives more than one million visits per month. Connections (2011) offers personal perspectives on works of art in the collection by 100 members of the Museum’s staff. 82nd & Fifth (2013) features 100 curators from across the Met who talk about 100 works of art from the collection that changed the way they see the world—one work, one curator, two minutes at a time. And MetCollects (2014) offers first looks at works of art acquired recently by the Museum. One Met. Many Worlds. is the fifth of these collection-inspired Metropolitan Museum online features.”
“Also forthcoming in late June is the Kindle edition of the Guide, which can be pre-ordered on Amazon.One Met. Many Worlds. is produced by the Metropolitan Museum’s Digital Media Department in collaboration with CHIPS, the Editorial Department, The Photograph Studio, and curatorial staff of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.”
USING THE NEW MEDIA TO MAKE ART ACCESSABLE
One Met. Many Worlds is a truly excellent example of museums using the tools of the New Media to make Art accessible to all, everywhere. It also is demonstrates that the use of New Media tools does not have to be a display of “bells and whistles,” but should result in an easy to use, clean interface, with no barriers between the viewer and the Art. The though and diligence that went into presenting One Met. Many Worlds in 10 languages is a sophisticated and added plus. You really should try it out.