Please Note: The Editors do not want descriptions or overviews of how a given resource functions. Some description is of course needed but the reviewer should always think critically about the design choices and ways in which to interact with the content. In some cases, a resource’s platform or a website’s look and feel may be surpassed by the quality of the content. This is important to note. And if reviewing a relatively new resource, reviewers should be prepared to do a little research on the company, who the CEO is, what the mission is, etc. This will be important if, in the reviewer's estimation, the resource does not meet the goal.
The editors of the M&T Reviews are happy to answer questions about any of these selections so feel free to contact them (email@example.com). Once assigned a review, reviewers will have until Friday November 3 to submit their reviews.
Resources for Review: We seek reviewers for the following resources.*The snippets below are taken from each resource’s web page and are not necessarily the opinions of the M&T Reviews Co-Editors.
David Wojnarowicz Knowledge Basehttps://cs.nyu.edu/ArtistArchives/Initiative/the-david-wojnarowicz-knowledge-base/ Developed by an interdisciplinary research team at New York University, the David Wojnarowicz Knowledge Base is intended to aid in future exhibition and conservation of the artist’s works. Included in the resource are annotated bibliographies, a directory of people with whom he worked, and information about selected exhibitions of his work.
Umbra Searchhttps://www.umbrasearch.org Umbra Search African American History makes African American history more broadly accessible through a freely available widget and search tool, umbrasearch.org; digitization of African American materials across University of Minnesota collections; and support of students, educators, artists, and the public through residencies, workshops, and events locally and around the country.umbrasearch.org brings together more than 500,000 digitized materials from over 1,000 libraries and archives across the country.Umbra Search celebrates the vital efforts of the individuals and institutions that have helped to preserve and make accessible online hundreds of thousands of pieces of African American history and culture, and we pay homage to the Umbra Society of the early 1960s, a renegade group of Black writers and poets who helped create the Black Arts Movement.
A Catalogue Raisonné of Francis Towne (1739-1816)http://francistowne.ac.uk A Catalogue Raisonné of Francis Towne (1739-1816), by Richard Stephens, is published by the Paul Mellon Centre.In line with the Mellon Centre's commitment to support access to art history through digital publishing, the catalogue is free to use and is presented under a CC-BY-NC licence, meaning that it can be copied, distributed and adapted for any non-commercial use.The catalogue identifies 1080 works by Towne and his circle, doubling previously-described totals. Based on the author’s PhD thesis, it makes extensive use of the papers of Paul Oppé (1878-1957) whose pioneering researches established the artist’s reputation in the 1920s, after a century of neglect.
Epoiesenhttps://epoiesen.library.carleton.caἐποίησεν (epoiesen)- made - is a journal for exploring creative engagement with the past, especially through digital means. It publishes primarily what might be thought of as ‘paradata’ or artist’s statements that accompany playful and unfamiliar forms of singing the past into existence. These could be visualizations, art works, games, pop-up installations, poetry, hypertext fiction, procedurally generated works, or other forms yet to be devised. We seek to document and valorize the scholarly creativity that underpins our representations of the past. Epoiesen is therefore a kind of witness to the implied knowledge of archaeologists, historians, and other professionals, academics and artists as it intersects with the sources about the past. It encourages engagement with the past that reaches beyond our traditional audience (ourselves).
Smartifyhttps://smartify.org Smartify is a free app that allows you to scan and identify artworks, access rich interpretation and build a personal art collection in some of the world’s best museums and galleries.***Note: reviewer must be able to visit one of the institutions that has enabled Smartify. Venues in the US include: J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Laguna Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Freer | Sackler Galleries, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Met Cloisters. For the full list of institutions, see the Smartify website.
ArchNethttps://archnet.org Archnet is a globally-accessible, intellectual resource focused on architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, visual culture, and conservation issues related to the Muslim world. Archnet’s mission is to provide ready access to unique visual and textual material to facilitate teaching, scholarship, and professional work of high quality. Officially launched in 2002 as a partnership between the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Archnet has since evolved into the largest open, online architectural library with a focus on Muslim cultures. Its digital archives form a comprehensive resource on architecture, urban design, landscape, development, and related issues.
Manet Paintings and Works on Paper at the Art Institute of Chicagohttps://publications.artic.edu/manet/reader/manetart/section/140020 The digital catalogue contains in-depth curatorial and conservation research on the museum’s collection, including high-resolution, zoomable images and other interactive elements.
Library Stackhttps://www.librarystack.org/ Library Stack is a living collection of independent ebooks, audio files, videos and digital documents being published within the fields of contemporary art, design, media studies, cinema, architecture and philosophy. We collect serial publications from established platforms and primary source material from artists, authors, designers and cultural thinkers, often including overlooked media such as typefaces, podcasts, 3D models, field recordings and software. Many such independently produced digital art publications are not being archived and are at risk of being lost from the historical record. Library Stack preserves and indexes all works according to Open Archive standards, and exposes them to the global library system through the WorldCat database.