23 de junio de 2020
¡El espectáculo (y las visitas a los museos) debe continuar!
With an increasing number of world-renowned museums and cultural institutions making their exhibitions available online in response to the coronavirus pandemic, you no longer have to leave the comfort of your couch to get cultured.
Spend Any Night (or Day) at the Museum
Home to the original "Night at the Museum," the American Museum of Natural History in New York City delivers engaging and educational online activities for science enthusiasts of all ages. Among the highlights:Guided hall toursand weekly YouTube watch parties in its#StayHome #LearnWithMe initiative.The museum even curated anartistic digital scavenger hunt, in which kids are tasked with finding and coloring six different kinds of microbes.
Armchair patrons can also exploreGoogle Arts & Culture's collection, which includes the British Museum in London, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Guggenheim in New York City and the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, along with hundreds of other venues across the disciplines of art, history and science.
There's even a #MuseumMomentofZenhashtag on Instagram, which features masterpieces shared by the U.S. facilities (The Met in New York City, the Harvard Art Museum, the Smithsonian and the Field Museum in Chicago) and international venues (the Pacific Bonsai Museum, the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna, even theMercedes-Benz Museumin Stuttgart, Germany).
Even better, you can try your hand at creating a masterpiece of your own withfree online cartooning classeshighlighted by theCharles M. Schulz Museum. (Don't miss its "How to Draw" instructional printouts forSnoopyy laCharlie Brown.) Or for more sophisticated learning, explore one of many courses and specializations offered by theMuseum of Modern Art, including Modern Art & Ideas, What Is Contemporary Art, and Postwar Abstract Painting.
Stroll Beyond the Aisles of Artwork
For fashion history enthusiasts, the Cincinnati Museum Center's newest video series,Vintage Beauties, is available as part of its onlineWonder Zone, where "curiosity is far too big to fit into a museum." Join in as the Senior Director of Museum Experience explores fashion from the 1920s to the 1980s and discusses how the decade's political and social climates influenced beauty standards and style for women.
Fotografiska New York, home to some of the world's best photography, has flipped the camera on its photographers, framing them as the subjects. Its online-only exhibit,The Foto Sessions, showcases virtual galleries, storytelling and artist insights.
Or for an inside look at how to "Live Like a Rockefeller," thecollection of Peggy and David Rockefellerbeing auctioned by Christie's New York is accessible via an online tour. Peruse through their dining sets (cabbage tureen cover and stand, anyone?), furniture,decorative pieces and other family treasures like the Rockefeller Money Clip, appraised at $75,000, andThe T-Cart, a wooden carriage circa 1875.
If good, old-fashioned books are more your thing, you'll be left breathless at the 360-degree virtual tour ofThe Baroque Libraryat the Klementinum in Prague. Heralded as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, the massive hall dates to 1722 and contains more than 20,000 volumes of theological literature. The technology for the tour delivers a view so robust, don't be surprised if you get dizzy.
You can also get reading yourself thanks to the 200-plus classic art books in theGuggenheim's digital archive— everything fromAmazons of the Avant-GardeandKandinsky in ParistoElements of Modern PaintingandPicasso and the War Years, 1937-1945.
The Show Must Go On
Broadway lovers who revel in the notion that "The Shows Must Go On" will love thecanal de YouTubeof that very name, which streams a full version of an Andrew Lloyd Webber favorite every Friday at 2 p.m. Eastern that is accessible for 48 hours. Highlights from such productions asJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatandThe Phantom of the Operaare showcased for anytime viewing.
With its performances indefinitely cancelled or postponed, the Royal Opera House is live-streaming a variety of shows on its#OurHouseToYourHouseplaylist on YouTube, includingAnastasia,The MetamorphosisandLa Traviata. Also offered are behind-the-scenes conversations and highlights from directors, performers, and choreographers on itsFacebook page.
The illustrious Lincoln Center's relaunch of its#LincolnCenterAtHomeendeavor enables visitors around the globe to partake in its performances. New videos are posted every day for music lovers both young and old, and itsOn Demand sectionshares links to digital archives for film, music, dance and theater, Q&As with artists and workshops.