Two digital public art history websites

By gkur


Assignment: Examine in detail at least two public history websites, e.g., The March on Milwaukee, at least one of which is from a museum or archive. If you need suggestions, let me know. Add the sites you reviewed, with a few sentences of commentary, to the class Zotero library.

The first public history website I’d like to look at in detail is “Transatlantic Encounters: Latin American Artists in Paris between the Wars” by Dr. Michele Greet, Associate Professor of Art History at George Mason University. The site has a clear argument and subject – Which Latin American artists were exhibiting in Paris in the time between World War I and World War II and how were they influenced by the art scene in Paris at the time. The subject is ripe for digital investigation since a visual representation of the artists work and the location of the galleries where the artists exhibited are both extremely helpful in understanding the Paris art scene and how Latin artists navigated it. The site’s backbone is a database of artists and galleries that provides the foundational information that Greet synthesizes and explores on the About page.

Greet states that there is a lack in scholarship when it comes to the influence of modernism on Latin American artists. She states direct examples of artists who were influenced by cubism, surrealism, constructivism, and figural modes connected to the School of Paris. This is an argument that could be made in a non digital environment. But in a digital format she can systematically include lists of artists and galleries that create the evidence for her argument. I see the site as a way to keep track of her findings as well as a way to synthesize facts visually.

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One Response to Two digital public art history websites

  1. John E. Rodriguez says:

    The “Transatlantic Encounters” website on Latin American artists in Paris is a wonderful window into a topic of which most historians – including most Latin American historians – remain woefully uneducated! (I sadly count myself in this number.) The thumbnails of Latin American art from this period are excellent, although I wish they were a bit smaller so I could browse through this virtual museum more quickly and decide what interested me – just so much to see! I was intrigued by the map locating the residences of these artists. Although most clustered around Montparnasse, many artists lived in the northwest of the city, around arrondisements 7, 8, and 17. Seeing this knot of artists made me wonder why they lived there, how their residence in a quieter place may have affected their work, opportunities to exhibit, etc. as compared to the Left Bankers!!

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