I recently got a chance to pop over to Oglethorpe University Museum of Art’s new Dalí exhibit, and it was wonderful. The museum was gifted with 14 of the artist’s lithographs which had never before been exhibited to the public. The images, which are now part of the museum’s permanent collection, range from precise and scientifically strange to loose and bright.
Particularly wonderful were the three lithographs from a proposed Tarot card series. All three shared the same vibrant blues, and, since they were exhibited on the same wall, could be studied individually or as a set.
Love’s Promise by Salvador Dalí
Dalí is having quite the showing in Atlanta this summer. The High Museum is poised to open their exhibition on the artist’s late work in August. In the lead up to the opening, the museum has been using their Twitter feed to stir up excitement by posting links to behind the scenes photos and other fun tidbits. Seeing museum workers uncrate works like “Santiago El Grande” or “Christ of St. John of the Cross” is pretty epic, and definitely has me excited to see the paintings in person. The museum also teamed with Delta to put a Dalí mustache on a plane, which is awesome and hilarious.
And just today, they revealed their new Dalí microsite, which uses flash to “reveal” many of the works as well as provide basic information about the exhibit. The site shows selected highlights — though it’s hard to truly get a sense of the scale of these works, many of which are massive. Visitors can also “dissect a Dalí,” by mousing over particular elements of “Portrait of My Dead Brother” and reading explanations of the imagery. The site is gorgeous and fun to play around with, with lots of tiny pieces of information. It includes guidelines for teachers, as well as several videos relevant to the exhibition.
It’s nice to see the High use social media like Twitter and Youtube, paired with a well-designed site, to increase exposure and get potential patrons interacting with the art online. Oglethorpe’s museum, which is admittedly much smaller, could have potentially gotten an increase in traffic by using some of the same techniques. It would be as simple as updating their Twitter feed more often, possibly @mentioning the High and getting some dialogue going about the exhibits, and posting some behind the scenes photos. The art is beautiful, but tucked away on the top floor of the campus library, how many art lovers in Atlanta are getting the chance to see it?
Dalí: The Late Work opens at the High on August 7th. They will also run a Dalí film festival in late August and early September. (Sadly, I’ll have moved out of town by late August, but hopefully I’ll get a chance to see and blog about the exhibit before I go.) The Dalí exhibit at Oglethorpe is open until September 5th.