The Google Cultural Institute recently announced its partnership with sixteen world class Milwaukee institutions, including Marquette’s very own Haggerty Museum of Art. The partnership will help share Milwaukee’s culture, people and stories with a larger global audience via the online platform.
Established in 2016, the Google Arts and Culture app allows users to view and interact with over 2,000 cultural institutions from 80 countries. The app offers guided tours curated by experts, the ability to save and group your favorite artworks into galleries to share with others, find museums and exhibits near you and much more all for free.
The Haggerty was the only Milwaukee partner this year to host Google Arts and Culture’s Art Camera – a custom-built device that takes hundreds of close-up images that are then stitched together to create an intensely detailed whole. This gigapixel-picture reveals details that are hidden from the naked eye; for example, the details of “The Philosopher” from the Rembrandt Circle.
The Haggerty’s site also includes seven online exhibitions exploring selected collection objects in detail, and interactive stories about academic engagement and community initiatives.
“I’m thrilled that the Haggerty Museum of Art’s Google Arts and Culture site provides such stunningly detailed images of so many beloved works from the Museum’s collection,” Susan Longhenry, director and chief curator at the Haggerty Museum of Art, said. “While there’s nothing like interacting with an original work of art in person, this site elevates the art of looking to a whole new level.”
Milwaukee is the first city in the Great Lakes region and second in the country to be featured as part of Google’s global initiative to capture and share the unique culture of cities. The Milwaukee Art Museum, the Harley-Davidson Museum, Sculpture Milwaukee and a number of other museums and organizations are featured from Milwaukee. Visit the Google Arts and Culture website to view all 16 collections from Milwaukee. Along with Kansas City, Milwaukee joins European cultural hotspots Milan, Naples, Lyon and Hamburg.
Visit the Haggerty Museum of Art’s website to explore the Haggerty’s contribution to this extraordinary project. Read more in the press release.