Digital Destinations

Many of our beloved antique shows and events have been postponed due to the global coronavirus situation.  Please check back as we will post updates on this rapidly-developing situation evolves. 

As we await re-openings, enjoy some of the Digital Destinations below.

Agnes Etherington Art Centre: Ontario, Canada

Agnes Etherington Art Centre’s digital arm offers virtual exhibitions, digital publications, and interactive online experiences, as well as video recordings of talks held at the Centre.

The American Folk Art Museum

Between the Online CollectionVideo Collection, and Magazine Collection you have quite a bit of folk art to explore!

El Greco: Ambition and Defiance at the Art Institute of Chicago

The El Greco show, which opened in March, is online now that the museum is closed temporarily. The digital offerings include video and audio tours, as well as essays and interactive articles. The Institute’s full online collection is, of course, well worth a browse, and many other digital offerings are available that may be of interest.

The British Museum: Museum of the World

A spectacular interactive timeline is available at the British Museum’s Museum of the World created with the support of Google’s Cultural Institute.

Circa 1948, supported by the National Film Board of Canada

An augmented reality app for iPhone, this interactive tour includes meticulous digital reconstructions of two important sites from Vancouver’s history: the Hogan’s Alley neighborhood and the louche Hotel Vancouver, both now demolished. 

Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg is bustling online; with much to explore from home.

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Levi Strauss: A History of American Style, Originally scheduled to run until August 9 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, it recently went virtual.

The Frick Collection

The Frick has a remarkable video collection. Also add their Cocktails with a Curator series to your lineup. Each Friday at 5 PM (EST), a curator at the Frick will share insight into a work of art, while sharing a signature cocktail. 

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

Among the many digital offerings available, 1963: The Struggle for Civil Rights interactive timeline and the White House Diary features are particularly engaging.

Louvre Online Tours

The Louvre offers three digital “tours” of particular artworks and galleries ­that include Egyptian Antiquities, the Remains of the Louvre’s Moat, andthe Galerie d’Apollon

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met has released one full-length opera via MetLiveArts, that is available on YouTube: The Mother of Us All: An opera by Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson.

Also of interest, MetPublications is regularly releasing out-of-print titles for free download. Recent releases include “Rooms with a View: The Open Window in the Nineteenth Century” (2011).

The Morgan Library & Museum

The Morgan offers various online audio guides – of particular note is that for the exhibition Jean-Jacques Lequeu: Visionary Architect. Drawings from the Bibliothèque nationale de France. 

Mount Vernon

George Washington’s Mount Vernon has always had wonderful digital offerings; but they have expanded them in recent weeks.  The virtual tour is an escapist’s dream, but if you’d like audio-only content, Conversations at the Washington Library is an excellent option. Alternatively, you can also bring Mount Vernon into your kitchen with a comprehensive collection of modernized historical recipes

Musée d’Orsay via Google Arts and Culture

Along with the digital visit, you may enjoy From station to the renovated Musée d’Orsay, a slideshow explaining how a train station was converted into the museum.

Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts

In addition to an incredibly comprehensive collection of objects made and used in the early American South that are a pleasure to browse, MESDA has a variety of online exhibitions and assembled virtual tours to explore. 

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The MFAH and its research institute, the International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA), have re-launched the website for the Documents of Latin American and Latino Art Digital Archive. Also, be sure to watch the museum’s Instagram account for “Coffee with a Curator” Instagram-Live events. 

Nasher Sculpture Center

Nasher Sculpture Center’s YouTube playlist consists of classical recordings. They include discussions with many of the musicians interspersed with performance, and some incredible and unique compositions. The complete playlist is available here.

National Women’s History Museum

Enjoy some of the many online exhibits – we recommend the feature on Harriet Tubman and this spotlight on the Women of NASA. Also of note, the Rosie the Riveter Oral Histories.

New-York Historical Society

At the New-York Historical Society, historian and historical re-enactor Cheyney McKnight is hosting weekly Zoom events in a series called Living History at HomeEach event – from 1 PM to 2 PM (EST) – explores a different aspect of colonial clothing. Be sure to download Zoom prior to the start of the event, and follow New-York Historical Society’s Facebook page for reminders about each event as they become live.

Rembrandt and Amsterdam portraiture, 1590-1670 at the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

Visit the exhibition page for some background content (or access to this Rembrandt themed Spotify playlist), gain insight from the online catalog, or go to the digital exhibition space directly.

Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Reynolda is continuing to expand its virtual program offerings, this week introducing “Call-a-Curator” –  a video series that sheds light on new aspects of the estate, its collections, and its storied history. Check this playlist weekly for new releases.

A Short History of the Highrise, supported by the National Film Board of Canada and the New York Times

This interactive storybook focuses on the developments of vertical living and the issues that arise from urbanization.

The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

An incredibly detailed virtual visit can be experienced with the State Hermitage Museum’s floor-by-floor and hall-by-hall directory.

Van Gogh Museum via Google Arts and Culture

Examine more than 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and 750 letters by Vincent van Gogh through Google Arts and Culture and their virtual tours. Explore the ground floorfirst floorsecond floor, and third floor respectively.

Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museum’s digital tour collection offers a space for reflection and meditation. It will allow you to access some of the site’s best-known features, including the Sistine Chapel, in high definition.

London, UK. The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, LondonHeld three times a year – usually – in January, May and October, the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair is the UK’s most vibrant and exciting antiques and 20th century design event, with over 150 exhibitors.  Whilst the physical Fair is currently unable to take place due to Covid-restrictions, the website offers a valuable online introduction to specialist UK and European dealers offering exciting goods for collectors and decorators dating from the 17th century to 1979.  Specialist professional shopping services are available, and help with shipping.  Check the website for updates about Digital Decorative happenings, coming soon.