The Smithsonian American Art Museum is using VR to reach beyond the exhibit space - Technical.ly DC

Creative

Jul. 24, 2018 12:05 pm

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is using VR to reach beyond the exhibit space

SAAM made a current exhibit available in virtual reality. Through a partnership with Intel, leaders wants more works to be on view outside the museum.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Kogod Courtyard.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum's Kogod Courtyard.

(Photo by Flickr user Tim Evanson, used under a Creative Commons license)

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is embracing virtual reality as it looks to make cutural offerings more widely available.

Through a pair of partnerships, SAAM is looking to expand access to its exhibits and digitize more offerings.

In May, the museum announced a partnership with Intel, in which the tech giant detailed plans to deploy technology that makes exhibits available in virtual reality, and add to the museum’s 3D capture capabilities for works and artifacts.

This week, the first signs of the partnership are on view. The Renwick Gallery’s current exhibition, titled “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man,” is available in virtual reality through Sansar, a platform which hosts “social” VR content. Intel’s processing capabilities were a key contribution to making the experience available, according to SAAM.

Museums are embracing immersive tech like virtual reality as a way to offer more inside the museum. The partnership shows that it can also help cultural institutions reach beyond the marbled halls. On this front, SAAM has a bold goal of reaching a billion people within five years.

“I don’t fear technology usurping the importance of art and museums,” Stephanie Stebich, the Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, said in a statement. “I think technology can make museums and their collections even more inclusive, approachable, and dynamic.”

Advertisement

Putting the museum’s offerings in the digital realm can also help expand access to educators, Intel stated.

Ultimately, leaders hope to expand the tech to institutions across the entire Smithsonian.

-30-
BECOME A CONTRIBUTOR TO THE JOURNALISM FUND TO COMMENT
Already a contributor? Sign in here
Connect with companies from the Technical.ly community
New call-to-action

Advertisement

This DC event is showcasing diversity in gaming

Wake up to reality: Getting ahead of the risks of extended reality

Smithsonian museum visitors in DC who are visually impaired can benefit from this new tech

SPONSORED

DC

Verizon is looking for the brightest ideas on how to use its 5G technology

Philadelphia

Vistar Media

Sr. Software Engineer

Apply Now

Philadelphia

Vistar Media

Front End Engineer

Apply Now

Washington, D.C.

The Washington Post

Senior Full Stack Software Engineer

Apply Now

Inside Google’s futuristic 3D exhibit at The National Museum of African American History and Culture

This platform has virtual tours of startup offices, and it just expanded to DC

‘We can’t just have our heads down going forward’: A discussion with Adam Zuckerman

SPONSORED

DC

Escape the August heat with cool AI tech

Philadelphia, PA - Center City

Odessa

Business Architect

Apply Now

DC, SF, NYC

Nava

Experienced Software Engineer – Backend

Apply Now

Offsite

Philadelphia Home

Social Media Catalyst

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly Dc

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!