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
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 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
Louvre Online Tours
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.
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
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
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 Home. Each 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
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 floor, first floor, second floor, and third floor respectively.
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. The organizers have been closely monitoring the unfolding of the global coronavirus situation, and with great disappointment have decided to cancel the Spring Fair scheduled to take place May 14–18 2020. Nothing is more important than the wellbeing of exhibitors and visitors. The Autumn edition of the fair will proceed as planned from 29 September to 4 October 2020. With over 160 dealers offering fine and decorative antiques, design and works of art, it is one of the UK’s most vibrant and exciting antiques shows. Looking ahead to next year, the Winter Fair dates are 26–31 January 2021.