Saturday, August 02, 2014

Orozco Murals, Native American Art Digitalized at Dartmouth College

Jessica Avitabile, The Dartmouth
July 28, 2014

The completion of the Dartmouth Digital Orozco website and the digitalization of the Hood Museum’s collection of Native American art are [Dartmouth] College’s latest steps to digitize artwork. The website, which went online in late June, makes the Orozco murals in Baker Library available to the public, along with relevant information and other pictures, while the digitalization will make more than 4,000 pieces of Native American work accessible online following a grant earlier this year.

The museum received the $150,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services last September to digitize its Native American art collection.

Thus far, the Hood has digitally photographed more than 2,000 objects in 2,500 images, the Hood’s senior curator Katherine Hart said. The Hood is sorting through material mainly by geographic region, which loosely sorts the works by different cultures. After the Hood goes through the pieces from each region, an expert with knowledge of the specific region consults with Hood staff and offers their expertise.

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