Even as the project covers the breadth of the Tang’s permanent collection, and for the first time integrates the website with the Tang’s Embark collection management software, the project is also a component of the museum’s ambitious cross-disciplinary initiative, Accelerate: Access and Inclusion at the Tang Teaching Museum. Visitors can explore stories about the artworks through new scholarship by faculty, staff, students, and guests; creative responses to the collection through music, dance, and new visual art; and video interviews with artists.
These stories draw on the Tang’s deep permanent collection, leading to a truly rich way to explore art and narrative online. They are often also linked to exhibitions and public programming from the initiative, and writing for the Accelerate annual printed magazine which we also designed. A highly integrated and coherent combination of technical work, design in multiple media, public programming, community inclusion, and scholarship leads to a social and cultural project that is greater than the sum of its parts.