Tang Collection

A screenshot of the video playing at the top of the Tang Collection landing page. The image shows the artist Willie Cole.
A new addition to the Tang Museum website offers access to more than 1,100 high-resolution images of artwork. These works are also organized in “collections,” groupings of works by artist, theme, or a specific Skidmore class.
A screenshot of the Tang Collection random art work generator feature showing works by Corita Kent and Malick Sidibé.
A screenshot of the Tang Collection random artwork generator feature showing works from Gordon Coster and Natalie Frank
A screenshot of the browse artworks section of the Tang Collection landing page showing a grid of artworks
A screenshot of the browse stories section of the Tang Collection landing page showing a grid of images from stories

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.

A screenshot of an object page from the Tang Collection area showing a Hausa hat possibly from Nigeria
A Hausa hat from the Tang’s permanent collection
A screenshot of a story page from the Tang Collection area showing an essay by Sonya Clark
Artist Sonya Clark’s response to two objects from the Tang’s collection
A screenshot of an object page from the Tang Collection area showing Wendy Red Star's Fall (from Four Seasons), 2006
Wendy Red Star’s Fall [from Four Seasons], 2006, from the Tang’s permanent collection
A screenshot of collection search results for Corita Kent showing grouped thumbnails of collections, artworks, the artist, stories, and other results.
Collection search results, drawing on the Embark system and other sources, are integrated with site search results, and also have their own perspective.
Year: 2018  Client: Tang Museum  
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