Through the Google Arts and Culture pages, thousands of museums around the world have been able to share their extensive collections online. Each of the institutions whose exhibits we’re featuring here are partners with Google Arts and Culture.
High Museum of Art Atlanta, GA
In addition to reopening their doors to the public, the High Museum of Art has online exhibitions for art lovers to peruse including Bill Traylor’s Drawings of People, Animals, and Events. The exhibition highlights artist Bill Traylor’s (1854-1949) simple style and his focus on the people and places with which he was most familiar. Whether he was sitting on Monroe Avenue in Montgomery, Alabama, watching the passersby, or working on the plantation where he was born, Traylor’s art reflected tangible things in his life. Take a look at the colorful and abundant collection here and don’t forget to see what else High Museum of Art has to offer online.
The J. Paul Getty Museum Los Angeles, CA
In an era where we are increasingly concerned with travel and mobility (or, more recently, a lack thereof) the Getty Museum is taking a look back at Artists on the Move. This exhibit is a deep dive into the way mobility altered the subjects and styles of artists in a time before mass travel. With works from artists such as Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Federico Zuccaro, Anthony van Dyck, and Vincent van Gogh, these pieces teach us how artistic techniques moved through the world and how artists approached different cultural practices in their work. In order to take a close look at snapshots of traveling artists, check here to view the exhibit and here to see what other online exhibitions the Getty has on view.
National Gallery of Art Washington, DC
Interested in watercolors, early American material culture, fashion, or perhaps all three? You’re in luck with The National Gallery of Art’s online exhibition Fashioning a Nation. A collection that spans from 1740 – 1895, Fashioning a Nation takes brief look into the formal clothing in the US from the colonial period into the industrial revolution. The intricate watercolor designs allow us a glimpse of not only the fashions of the time but also the political and cultural changes that took place in early America. After you’ve taken a look at historical fashions, check here to see what else The National Gallery of Art has on view online.
Jackson County Historical Society Kansas City, MO
Historically, the titan of American entertainment spots was Coney Island in New York, However, the Jackson County Historical Societyhas an online exhibition called Kansas City’s Coney Island: Electric Park, which tells the story of the vast amusement park opened bybrothers Joseph, Michael, and Ferdinand Heim in 1900. The brothers launched Heim Brewery in 1890 and, through a series of innovations designed to attract more customers, added Electric Park to their operation. It subsequently became the inspiration for Disney World. If you’re looking to learn more about the history of amusement parks in the US, this is the show for you. When you’re done visiting Electric Park,poke around the rest of the website to see what other online exhibitions the Jackson County Historical Society has to offer.
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture Charlotte, NC
Life-long art lovers and John and Vivian Hewitt gathered an enormous collection of nineteenth- and twentieth-century African American art, which found a permanent home at the Gantt Center in 2009. The Hewitt Collection of African-American Art can now be viewed online, and includes the work of twenty African-American artists, among them Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Henry O. Tanner, and Hale Woodruff. The mediums within the collection range from charcoal to fabric, and all express the passion of these twentieth century artists. Feel free to browse through the online collection in order to see what else the Gantt Center has to offer.
Tippet Rise Art Center Fishtail, MT
With a year-round population of less than 500 people, Fishtail, Montana seems to be hiding an exciting artistic experience. Luckily, the Tippet Rise Art Center now has plenty of their exhibitions available online. Created by contemporary sculptor Patrick Dougherty, Daydream is a construction that works with nature to create a dreamlike experience at the intersection between man-made and natural objects. Although you won’t be able to visit Daydream in person for the time being, you can take a virtual tour of the sculpture here and poke around the rest of the online collection.
Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass Neehnah, WI
Austrian chemist Ernst Mahler purchased a group of 253 drinking glasses in 1931, from there his collection grew and grew to become the core holdings of the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass, which opened in 1994. The latest exhibition, Germanic Glass Vessels – Selections from the Mahler Collection, features, as you may have guessed, Germanic glassware from the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and Biedermeier periods. Luckily, even if you won’t be able to visit the museum in person, this exhibit is available online here and there are even more online shows available through the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass here.