the art world goes digital

The art world is fully embracing the digital sphere – finding innovative ways to bring the arts and culture into our homes and to foster community as we all stand #AloneTogether. R+A clients – from museums, to artist-endowed foundations, and performing arts organizations – should still be your first stop for compelling programming that engages, educates, and entertains.

 Here is our continuously-updated list of clients' digital initiatives and online programming.

HEADER - OPPORTUNITIES TO ENGAGE WITH ARTISTS, CURATORS AND AUTHORS

  • August Wilson African American Cultural Center is hosting Lit Fridays, a monthly conversation series between artists, actors, writers, and scholars, streamed on the Center’s Facebook page. The first installment on April 27 marked what would have been August Wilson's 75th birthday with discussions between those who had worked closely with or studied the works of the renowned playwright. 
  • Brooklyn Public Library provides unprecedented online access to its archive of lectures, performances, and author talks, including programs with award-winning authors David Grossman, Jacqueline Woodson, and a live installment of BPL's Live Poets Reading Series with Rick Barot, Aria Aber, and Jose Olivarez via Zoom. 
  • Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, in partnership with ArtsWave, has launched a series of Instagram stories and IG Lives, called Revelry, that every Tuesday feature local artists and creatives, including CAC artists-in-residence past and present, demonstrating artmaking projects and engaging in Q&As. The CAC has also launched Sunday Connections, a weekly conversation series with contemporary artists streamed on its Facebook Live channel at 4pm EST, in addition to to updating its YouTube channel with artist talks from previous years, including Do Ho Suh, Sandro Cinto, and Swoon, among others.
  • Denver Art Museum shares its extensive collection of artists interviews on its website as well as the video series Untitled: Creative Fusions at Home, which features local creatives and the artworks that inspire them from the museum. These conversations and more can also be viewed live on the museum's Youtube channel. 
  • The High Museum of Art features video interviews with contemporary artists, including Virgil Abloh, on its YouTube channel. It is also presenting biweekly #AMA (Ask Me Anything) interviews with museum staff on Instagram and Youtube.
  • Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami features conversations with artists including Allan McCollum, Judy Chicago, Guadalupe Maravilla, and Wong Ping on the ICA Channel.
  • Machado Silvetti partner Jeffry Burchard, in collaboration with the Boston Society for Architecture, is hosting OPENINGS, a webinar series that brings together Boston-based architects to present upcoming projects to the public. Occurring on June 3, June 10, and June 17 at 7 p.m. ET, the series will incude talks from leading architects at Höweler + Yoon, NADAAA, and Machado Silvetti, among many others. 
  • Madison Square Park Conservancy’s weekly series, #MadSqArtFromHome, features new videos by some of the 39 artists who have been previously commissioned to create a work within the Park, including Arlene Shechet, Josiah McElheny, and Leonardo Drew. Videos post every Monday to Instagram and the Conservancy's website.
  • Magazzino Italian Art's digital initiative Magazzino da Casa features live-streamed Q&As with artists, curators and members from the Magazzino community. The program includes a series of live lectures exploring the resonances of Arte Povera among art movements internationally given by leading art historians and scholars from around the world.
  • Norton Museum of Art features talks with curators, artists, and art world leaders including architecture critic Paul Goldberger, artist Nick Cave, and designer Kulapat Yantrasast.
  • Sharjah Art Foundation is uploading previous talks presented at SAF events via SAF Online: Talks, featuring renowned artists, curators, and art practitioners.

HEADER - PERFORMANCES, PLAYLISTS, PODCASTS, AND FILM SCREENINGS

  • The Apollo Theater’s Digital Stage features videos of past events and performances, and offers a special playlist on Spotify curated by staff each week. 
  • August Wilson African American Cultural Center will host the first-ever Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival Live Online on June 20 at 12 p.m. ET. Streaming live from the Center's Facebook page, the festival will feature performances from legendary jazz musicians such as Sean Jones, Dianne Reeves, Jeff Watts, Lekecia Benjamin, and more. The event will celebrate what would have been the 10th anniversary of the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival (PIJF) in June.  
  • Magazzino Italian Art offers a selection of Spotify playlists curated by the Magazzino community as well films on the museum's website and IGTV. These films feature commissioned performance works and video footage shedding new light on recent museum projects. Each film is accompanied by an artist or scholar-led Q&A available on the museum's website and IGTV. 
  • The High Museum of Art offers a Spotify playlist created by staff.
  • Phoenix Art Museum offers Museum Music Mondays via its Spotify channel, which features works from the Museum's collection paired with songs from across the genres.
  • Sharjah Art Foundation is screening award-winning independent films and cinema classics through its digital platform, SAF Online: Film. This Friday, June 12 from 8:30 pm-9:15 pm GST (12:30-1:15 pm EST), SAF will be hosting four such films: Ghosts of Songs: Oral Histories in MENA Female Cinema, Fiery Father (2018), Like a String of Beads (2019), and Only My Voice (2017). 
  • Souls Grown Deep President Maxwell L. Anderson interviews the foundation's Curator Raina Lampkins-Fielder for Art Scoping, a new podcast highlighting protagonists in the fields of art, architecture, design, publishing, art law, public policy, and culture. 

IHEADER - NSIGHT INTO WORKS OF ART AND MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

  • The Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents Masterpiece Memories, offering insights into collection highlights through the perspective of museum co-founder Ruth Carter Stevenson. Additionally, this summer, the Carter is partnering with Dementia Friendly Fort Worth to offer their Artful Moments series online. The program, which is designed to connect visitors with early stage dementia and their caregivers with artworks and creativity, is now available via Zoom every Wednesday, from 10:30-11 a.m. (CT), through September 30. 
  • Bard Graduate Center’s video series, One More Thing, features BGC students, professors, and faculty giving a one-minute history of an object that is meaningful to them.
  • Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati presents an audio tour of the museum led by Cincinnati-based artist and professor Britni Bicknaver.
  • Denver Art Museum offers a mindful meditation video featuring lush landscapes and delightful details of paintings from the Museum's Treasures of British Art exhibition. Additionally, the museum's blog shares stories behind the art works in the Museum's encyclopedic collection, offering a collection of interviews, videos, and short art historical essays. 
  • Magazzino Italian Art recently hosted Homemade, inviting audiences on Instagram and its website to follow the creation of new commissions made at home, by eight participating New York-based Italian artists: Alessandro Teoldi, Andrea Mastrovito, Beatrice Scaccia, Danilo Correale, Davide Balliano, Francesco Simeti, Luisa Rabbia, and Maria Domenica Rapicavoli. From Jule 10 through September 7, 2020, the museum presents Homemade, a special in-person exhibition of the final artworks created over the project's two-month span. 
  • The Frick Collection hosts Cocktails with a Curator, a weekly video series featuring a curator from the Frick who offers insights on a work of art from the collection as well as a complementary cocktail recipe. Videos launch every Friday at 5 p.m.
  • The High Museum of Art's Art Stories include collection highlights, curator book clubs, and more in-depth art historical context on the museum's collection and featured exhibitions. On the last Tuesday of every month, the High will host Teacher's lounge, a live deep dive into one work of art in the museum's collection for educators with School and Teacher Services staff.
  • Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami has commissioned eight Miami-based artists and artist collectives to create new digital works, including work by Cristine Brache, Domingo Castillo, Faren Humes, Terence Price II, Tara Long, GeoVanna Gonzalez, Aramis Gutierrez II, and the Institute of Queer Ecologies. The new works are being released every Wednesday on ICA Miami's Instagram and the ICA Channel.
  • Israel Museum, Jerusalem features curator-led video tours, self-guided virtual tours, and behind-the-scenes footage of exhibitions and collections on its new bilingual microsite.
  • The Norton Museum of Art offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Pop Art on Heyman Plaza with Director and CEO Elliot Bostwick Davis, a new Spotify podcast offering A Closer Look at works in the Museum's collection, and exhibition insight videos with Norton curators.
  • Phoenix Art Museum features gallery discussions and curator-led tours on its YouTube channel, and shares #VirtualVisits to its collection as well as PhxArt Trivia and #ArtistSpotlights on its social media channels, offering insight into the histories behind specific works of art. For extended digital content themed around various collection areas, art-inspired activities, and more, visitors can subscribe to receive the Museum's twice-weekly newsletters.
  • Sharjah Art Foundation spotlights works in its collection and from previous Sharjah Biennials on SAF Online.

HEADER - ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES

  • Addison Gallery offers arts education guides with an array of activities to inspire your own mini-museum or pop-up gallery.
  • Amon Carter Museum of American Art offers educator resources including newsletters, recorded distance learning sessions through Connect2Texas, and intermittent virtual educator workshops and homeschooling workshops. The Cooped Up With the Carter video series provides an in-depth look into artwork at the museum, followed by creative activities you can do at home. Taking the Fort Worth favorite digital for the first time, Art Tales is now streaming Wednesdays in July at 10 a.m. (CT), with live storytimes and guided art projects that connect with works from the Carter's collection. 
  • Apollo Theater's Amateur Night, America's longest running talent show, is holding auditions for its new season exclusively via online submission. Contestants who can sing, dance, rap, play an instrument, and perform stand-up or spoken word can submit a pre-recorded audition up to five-minutes in length in the hopes of being selected to perform on the world-famous Apollo stage later this year and compete for the Grand Prize of $20,000.
  • Brooklyn Public Library’s 28th Amendment Project is holding virtual town halls through June, inviting the community to discuss, debate, and propose the next amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
  • Dallas Museum of Art and designer Yuri Suzuki are inviting submissions of audio and video from around the world recorded during the pandemic, to create a new crowdsourced digital work that will go live on May 4.
  • Denver Art Museum’s Creativity Resource provides a place where classroom teachers, home-school educators, and families with children can find inspiration for art and creativity. The museum's Youtube channel also presents At-Home Art-making, a series of videos of fun activities you can do at home inspired by artwork in the museum's collection. For audiences looking for guided art-making sessions, check out the Museum's Drop-in Drawing program led by artist and instructor Anna Kaye. 
  • Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati is posting Museum in a Minute Instagram stories, including current artist-in-residence Julia Lipovsky sharing art-making prompts, video tours of current exhibitions accompanied by related art-making activities, and prompts for creative reflection. The CAC has also been hosting Thursday Art Play sessionscreative play time sessions and kid-friendly yoga geared toward children ages 2 to 6on its social channels every Thursday at 10 a.m.  
  • The High Museum of Art provides coloring pages of works in the collection, Toddler Thursdays activities for children and their caregivers, educational resources for grades Pre-K-12, and art-making activities as part of The High @Home. The High is also partnering with other Atlanta cultural organizations for #FieldTripFridays taking virtual "field trips" around the city and experiencing Atlanta’s iconic attractions, museums, gardens and more from the comfort of home.
  • Israel Museum, Jerusalem’s Children's Corner offers coloring pages inspired by the museum's encyclopedic collection, interactive art activities utilizing household items, and videos designed for young people. 
  • Norton Museum of Art organizes #NortonAtHome art activities inspired by Joan Miró, Henri Matisse, and Jackson Pollock, among others.
  • Phoenix Art Museum is presenting Slow Art with #PhxArtatHome, a series of monthly virtual mindfulness sessions and programs, including guided meditation sessions that connect participants with the present moment and create a deeper understanding of specific artworks from the Museum's collection.
  • Sharjah Art Foundation is hosting virtual workshops and classes for children and adults through its digital platform SAF Online: Learning.

HEADER- VIRTUAL EXHIBITIONS AND TOURS

  • Addison Gallery of American Art's Robert M. Walker Associate Curator of American Art, Gordon Wilkins, will lead a live, virtual tour of the exhibition A Wildness Distant from Ourselves: Art and Ecology in 19th-Century America on May 6. Wilkins will guide participants through a student-created three-dimensional walkthrough of the exhibition, exploring the complex histories and persistent impacts of the 19th-century European American relationship with the natural world. Participants can sign up for the tour here. The gallery also presents a preview of the exhibition, Wayfinding: Contemporary Artists, Critical Dialogues, and the Sidney R. Knafel Map Collection, originally scheduled to open on March 28. The preview features high resolution images of new works created by the Addison's six artists-in-residence, in addition to interpretative statements from the show's curators. 
  • Art Dealers Association of America’s series of videos from member galleries across the country, featuring insights from artists and scholars.
  • August Wilson African American Cultural Center’s virtual tours of Vanishing Black Bars & Lounges: Photographs by L. Kasimu Harris and I came by Boat so Meet me at the Beach: Ayana M. Evans and Tsedaye Makonnen.
  • Bard Graduate Center Gallery's Eileen Gray exhibition is now online, featuring a virtual tour accompanied by a digital flipbook of Eileen Gray's portfolio, digital access to the catalogue, an educators' guide, and excerpts from BGC's recent symposium on Eileen Gray, with more resources to come. 
  • Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati's #MuseumInAMinute Instagram stories series, featuring brief video tours of its exhibition, Haze, led by Interpretive Learning Director Shawnee Turner. 
  • Dallas Museum of Art’s virtual tours of speechless: different by design, Flores Mexicanas, and For a Dreamer of Houses.
  • Denver Art Museum shares tours of current and past exhibitions, including the recently installed Natural Forces: Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington. 
  • Frieze Art Fairs' launch of Frieze Viewing Room, May 6 through May 15, featuring an array of curated exhibitions, special sections, and presentations by galleries from around the world. 
  • The High Museum of Art's significant virtual collections of photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, available for browsing through Google Arts and Culture. The Museum also created virtual exhibitions including The Plot Thickens: Storytelling in European Print Series and Paa Joe: Gates of No Return, accessible on the museum's website. 
  • Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami’s tour of Allan McCollum’s first U.S. museum retrospective on the ICA Channel.
  • Israel Museum, Jerusalem's curator-led video tours of exhibitions including Emoglyphs and Seated in Seclusion as well as self-guided virtual tours. 

HEADER - COMMUNITY RESOURCES

  • Apollo Theater’s Apollo Cares offers digital resources for the local community, businesses, and artists in response to the pandemic.
  • The Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) released the COVID-19 Impact Survey of U.S. Art Galleries, which assesses the impact of COVID-19 on art galleries, the art world's core group of small businesses, which play a critical role in the cultural vitality and economic health of the arts and culture ecology in the U.S. and globally. 
  • Helen Frankenthaler Foundation has committed $5 million to a multi-year COVID-19 relief effort for the arts. Along with the Wallace Foundation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation COVID-19 Relief Effort contributed to Artist Relief to help provide relief funding for artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19.
  • Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami has partnered with the Miami organization III Points to provide assistance to working artists and freelancers.
  • Souls Grown Deep is partnering with American Giant and Nest to auction quilted flags created by the women of Gee's Bend, Alabama. The auction runs through Monday, August 31.