Museums, galleries and cultural organisations have been ramping up their virtual experiences in the past few weeks in response to temporary closures of physical locations. We’ve picked our favourites from this growing list so that no matter how you're feeling, you can feel it while experiencing some culture.
As we revel in this shared experience of being stuck at home, some of us are losing our minds with monotony and boredom or else lost in collective and individual anxieties. Others, it seems, are taking national lockdowns in their stride, using this time to pursue creative projects, read books they've been putting off or binge-watching box sets without guilt. Regardless of your disposition, a little culture added to your daily routine (or lack of routine) never hurts. Now, with the new initiatives of arts organisations around the world, culture is only a few clicks away.
Museums, galleries and cultural organisations have been ramping up their virtual experiences in the past few weeks in response to temporary closures of physical locations, so you may have noticed a deluge of new content bombarding your inboxes and social media feeds. In fairness to them, most of this content has been exceptional and is keeping us well-entertained and cultured. We’ve picked our favourites from the growing list of experiences that we think are both entertaining and fulfilling, so that no matter how you're feeling, you can feel it while dabbling in some culture.
Brooklyn Museum Pop Quiz
Today we are excited to launch Art History Pop Quiz, a new series that quizzes your knowledge of works in the Museum. Join us each Friday as our #ASKbkm team picks your brain with a new set of questions! Let's start... pic.twitter.com/KztpT5wIs7— Brooklyn Museum (@brooklynmuseum) March 20, 2020
Pub quizzes are so avant-COVID. If you're looking to get your brain juices flowing, Brooklyn Museum does a quiz every Friday on Instagram and Twitter. And if you want to have a pint while participating, no one's stopping you.
Free Films by Gary Hustwit
Filmmaker Gary Hustwit, best known for his documentaries on design and architecture (Helvetica, Objectified and more), is streaming his documentary films for free, one at a time. Changing every 7 days or so, you'll have a new freebie to look forward to every week (not that weeks are a thing anymore). Up next is "Urbanised", launching the afternoon of April 1st. Watch it via Oh You Pretty Thing.
For those of us who didn't get a chance to experience Bauhaus Beginnings at the Getty Research Institute last year, explore this interactive online exhibit conceived in tandem with their gallery exhibition. It offers an in-depth look into the school's novel pedagogy, highlighting student explorations, masters' theories, and a variety of colourful media drawn from the GRI's archives.
Podcast: Dolly Parton's America
Perhaps you're working 9 to 5 in your pyjamas now, or perhaps the hours of the day have lost all meaning. Whatever your situation, Dolly Parton's America serves as a great podcast to put on for whatever activity you're pursuing. With Dolly Parton as a starting point to rethinking America's great icons and the culture wars that have ensued in recent years, this unexpected dive into culture is worth a listen.
The Met: Lesson Plans
Perfect for teachers, these lesson plans as produced by the Metropolitan Museum of Art can be integrated into any course to introduce the importance of art to a classroom. If you have kids at home, these are also ideal for catching them up on some art history while also serving as a fun activity to pass the time.
Lafayette Anticipations: Amos' World by Cécile B. Evans
There's been lots of talk about dystopia and the end of the world just as digital technology has become ever more integral to our day-to-day lives. In adding to this might-as-well-be-sci-fi reality, artist Cécile B. Evans' three-part film series Amos' World takes on many of these topics in a surreal and striking project. You can now watch all three parts for free via Lafayette Anticipations' Vimeo channel.