FRAME museums' ideas to stay creative and accessible during Covid-19

KEEP IN TOUCH… NO HANDS!

April 17, 2020 | FRAME France & North America

 

IDEAS FROM THE FRAME NETWORK TO STAY CREATIVE AND ACCESSIBLE DURING THE QUARANTINE

On this page please find all the suggestions shared in the newsletters “FRAME network, virus and quarantine” which have been published every weeks since the start of the quarantine.

 

KEEP IN TOUCH… NO HANDS! #1 (March 25, 2020)

For the duration of the pandemic, FRAME will gather information from colleagues in the network and regularly publicize the variety of online initiatives for sharing collections, exhibitions, lectures, films, games and more devised by FRAME museums to maintain the connection with their worldwide audiences and remain accessible to all even while their buildings are closed.

WELLNESS at home
Creative Workshops at Home. Enjoy this period of confinement to learn, to observe and draw with the guidance of the Museum of Fine Arts in Lille.

COLLECTION of the day
Tuck Gallery, Petit Palais, Paris. Discover the collection of eighteenth-century art works given in 1921 to the museum by the American businessman Edward Tuck and his wife Julia Stell.

CONFERENCE on sofa
Art and Social Justice, a course for educators. Register and follow Lara Schilling and Veronica Alvarez, two professionals at LACMA, to develop your own interdisciplinary programs on the subject.

EDUCATION at home
Educart. An example of an interdisciplinary school projects inspired by works in the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal.

EXHIBITION in the living-room
Queen Nefertari : Eternal Egypt. A privileged visit with Julian Zugazagoitia, Director of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, performed at the beginning of the quarantine.

GAME
What is this work? Guess what work the Fabre Museum in Montpellier reveals every two days. The winners drawn will receive an entry for the next exhibition.

HUMOR
“Do / Not Do” in times of quarantine, smiling proposals of the Museum of Arts in Nantes.

VIDEO on demand
Virtual Tour of the Ancient Port site, museum d’Histoire de Marseille, waiting for the professional FRAME annual conference in Marseille.


KEEP IN TOUCH… NO HANDS! #2 (April 1, 2020)

In this second issue, you will notice two additional headings: “In the Garden” and “Tribute on Balcony”.

WELLNESS at home
A Sense of Calm. As time stands still, take advantage of this period to cut yourself off and to focus on the serene artworks of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

COLLECTION of the day
The Villa Majorelle, Nancy. Enjoy being in quarantine at home and visit the recently restored Art Nouveau Masterpiece and its collections. From your armchair, its doors remain wide open!

CONFERENCE on sofa
Marcel Duchamp. Apropos of Myself. Listen to this archive from the Cleveland Museum of Art recorded on November 9, 1962 in Cleveland. The artist talks about his life and work.

In the GARDEN
The Lesson in the Garden, by Berthe Morisot (1886). In the absence of going to school, children can study the effects of light and shadow in Plein Air painting through this lesson offered by the Denver Art Museum.

EDUCATION at home
Junior.augustins.org. How to keep children occupied during the quarantine? The musée des Augustins in Toulouse proposes tutorials, games and lessons to learn while having fun.

EXHIBITION in the living-room
Flores Mexicanas, Women in Modern Mexican Art. Visit the galleries of the exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art, thanks to this immersive virtual tour! Dr. Mark A. Castro, The Jorge Baldor Curator of Latin American Art, describes the genesis of the project in the newsletter.

TRIBUTE on balcony
Heartfelt gratitude to all doctors. Experience compassion through the portrait of Dr. Horace Wells, by Charles Noel Flagg, from the collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford.

HUMOR
Run for quarantine! A remake of a work from the Strasbourg museums thanks to everyday objects. A participatory activity to observe, imagine and smile.

GAME
The Game of the 7 Differences : Pierre Lacour, View of a part of the Docks and the Harbour of Bordeaux, 1805. Find the differences between the painting from the collections of the Bordeaux Museum of Fine Arts and its reproduction in the tweet sent out by the Musée d’Aquitaine in Bordeaux.

VIDEO on demand
Amazing Donors to the Rennes Museum of Fine Arts. Who are they and why do they donate? How are donation proposals accepted?


KEEP IN TOUCH… NO HANDS! #3 (April 10, 2020)

In this third issue, we call your attention to a series of hash tags museums are using to invite their audiences to participate in global outreach efforts, including: (#Culturecheznous ; #ConfinementMuseeURL ; #Progageonslartpaslevirus ; #MuseumFromHome ; #MuseumMomentofZen ; #Spreadartnotvirus), or to tighten their ties with flowers(#MuseumBouquet), or to pay tribute to the medical community through their collections (#MuseumsThankHealthHeroes).

WELLNESS at home
Art Therapy and Contemplation. If the quarantine has had a negative impact on your morale, Stephen Legari, art therapist at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, offers a contemplative activity as a solution: immerse yourself in a work of art to find inner peace.

COLLECTION of the day
The Dijon Museum of Fine Arts Application. During the quarantine, download the app here to (re)discover from home the many masterpieces in the museum.

CONFERENCE on sofa
Histories Against History, season #2 : Critical Celebrations. Curator Guillaume Désanges illustrates the relationships between art, power, and ideology. He looks back on the exhibition The Enemy of my Enemy (Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2018). The CAPC (Museum of Contemporary Art of Bordeaux) is closed due to the shutdown, but this art history course was delivered and recorded on the museum’s Facebook site on April 1, 2020.

In the GARDEN
A Vegetal Path at the Lyon Museum of Fine Arts. Want to take a walk into nature that is more than a kilometer from home? It is possible, thanks to this thematic digital guide of the collections. (Available in English)

EDUCATION at home
Virtual Family Funday. Or how to combine the pleasant and the useful? The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, is organizing the first ever FREE virtual fun activities inspired by the museum’s collection, on April 12, 2020. Register for more details.

EXHIBITION in the living-room
Millet and Modern Art: From Van Gogh to Dali. Discover new research led by the Saint Louis Museum of Art about Jean-François Millet and his international influence on modern artists. Available on 16 tracks of the audio guide. This exhibition was opened on February 16, 2020.

TRIBUTE on balcony
Thanks to All Doctors, Nurses and Healthcare Workers! The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, is joining #MuseumsThankHealthHeroes with its Fabergé Imperial Red Cross Easter Egg.

HUMOR
Run for Quarantine! The Museum of Grenoble welcomes you to revisit a work from its collections by distorting it. Followers are challenged to find the original work of art from home. Colors and happiness are on the agenda!

GAME
In Quarantine, But Not Unoccupied! In a Dream, the work of Jean Arp, is presented in the temporarily closed exhibition: Maurice Allemand, or How Modern Art came to Saint-Etienne (1947-1966). While visitors wait for the museum to reopen, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Saint-Etienne helps participants create a “homemade” biomorphic sculpture based on this model.

VIDEO on demand
Behind the Scenes with Bert Reader. The Director of Facilities shares how the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields is saving energy while maintaining a safe environment for its staff and collection while the museum doors are closed to the public.


KEEP IN TOUCH… NO HANDS! #4 (April 17, 2020)

WELLNESS at home
Whispering In Ears. Visually impaired people are invited to discover a selection of artworks in the collection of the Nantes Arts Museum. The artworks will be described by phone calls with art students and/or artists assisting with this program during the quarantine. During this period, also follow the inspired and inspiring comments about the museum’s collections offered by its Director, Sophie Lévy and posted on her LinkedIn account.

COLLECTION of the day
Impressionism at the Museum of Fine Arts in Rouen. (Re)-Discover the masterpieces of this collection, while the 4th edition of the Normandy Impressionist festival is waiting to open its doors after the current health crisis. More information about the other collections of the museum here.

CONFERENCE on sofa
Never Published Online. Is it possible to recover lost time? Yes, with “Thursdays at MADD,” a series of podcast conferences posted online for three weeks on the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Bordeaux Facebook site. This week: replay of the meeting with Cécilie Champy-Vinas, curator in charge of sculptures at the Petit Palais.

In the GARDEN
Gardening with the MFHA. Bart Brechter, head of gardens and landscape operations, explains what is blooming throughout the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, while its doors are closed and learn how you can maintain your garden while staying at home.

EDUCATION at home
School Field Trip From Home. Until school trips to the museum start again, the Detroit Institute of Arts education team will offer lesson plans from the museum’s most popular works in the galleries and activities. History, geography, mathematics, and all disciplines are available!

EXHIBITION in the living-room
There Be Fury On The Waves: Victo Jorgensen At Sea, 1943-1945. Join Julia Dolan, the Minor White Curator of Photography at the Portland Art Museum, on a virtual tour of this exhibition, which was opened to the public on March 14, 2020 and immediately closed, due to the pandemic.

TRIBUTE on a balcony
#Itsgoingtobeokay. Each evening, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts takes part in this movement born on social media which lights up in rainbow colors to bolster the population’s spirits in these uncertain times and to salute the dedication of essential services workers on whom we depend to keep our society running smoothly.

HUMOR
Run for Quarantine! The quarantine turns out well for audiences whose imagination is endless! By inviting them to interpret the works it preserves, the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille rediscovers its own collections. Some reconstructions are quirky, but others are truer than life!

GAME
Mang’art at Home. For lovers missing manga bookshops, the Museum of Fine Arts in Tours invites them to create a thumbnail image of the genre being inspired by two works from the museum collections on this theme: Gods, goddesses, and legendary heroes. Helpful advice is given online.

VIDEO A LA DEMANDE
Viewer’s Guide. Follow me! The curators and educators of the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, invite you into their homes and regularly comment online about an artwork from the collections. This initiative is part of the museum’s virtual programming adapted to the quarantine days. New ideas are posted every week: see Clarks Connects.