CSULB Collections Kiosk of the University Art Museum Now Open
2012-02-17 · By Editor
Patrons viewing exhibitions at the UAM can now extend their art experience through our Collections Kiosk. The UAM invites viewers to make themselves at home in the Charles and Elizabeth Brooks Reading and Resource Room, where they can access a wide range of artwork on the kiosk computer or remotely via the UAM website. This new interactive database virtually opens the vault doors to reveal the drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, and sculpture in the collection. What is too often hidden away can now be appreciated by the public in the comfort of their own homes.
The goal of creating an online database is to create a stronger connection and a greater awareness of the University Art Museum’s collection to the campus population, public patrons, and international online visitors. Director Chris Scoates explains, “The UAM web collections kiosk provides a unique opportunity for our students and general public alike the chance to mine the museums holdings. Due to the museum’s limited physical space we can only exhibit a small fraction of our objects, but our new on-line kiosk allows visitor to search the entire collection with the touch of few keys strokes!” Viewers are encouraged to search the collection by artist, technique or media, title, or date and create a portfolio of artwork they find interesting. Beyond the search tools, users can post comments and respond to others’ comments. This social element makes the UAM Collections Kiosk synergistic and sets it apart from other museum collection databases.
About the Collection
The UAM collections have brought CSULB and the Long Beach area recognition from both the professional art community and international public. The museum collections feature examples of the work of the most important contemporary masters. Presented as major exhibitions, offered for examination by students and scholars, and circulated to national institutions, the UAM collections are a permanent, regional visual resource and archive of contemporary culture.
Selected artists of the collection:
Tina Barney, Ruth Bernhard, Walton Ford, Michael Goldberg, Candida Höfer, Bob Knox, Lee Krasner, Martha Rosler, Andy Warhol, and Emerson Woelffer.
Gordon F. Hampton Collection
The generosity of the Gordon Hampton Foundation and the Hampton family has allowed the UAM to house their acclaimed collection of American painting and prints. The Hampton collection includes Abstract Expressionist artists such as Lee Krasner, Michael Goldberg, Al Held, Milton Resnik, and Adolph Gottlieb. The works are installed at the downtown Los Angeles law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP. This arrangement is a unique public/private partnership that has greatly enhanced opportunities for audiences to enjoy the collection.
Works on Paper Collection
In 1979 the UAM began to regularly acquire works on paper with modest acquisition funds augmented by university allocations, grants, and private donations. These works are a documentary record of the university’s arts involvement, and a resource for community members and K-12 students and teachers, enabling them to frequently examine “old friends” and to develop, in particular, a better understanding of the art of our time.
Site-Specific Outdoor Sculpture Collection
Although the twenty-one works across the 322 acre CSULB campus are not included in the Collections Kiosk, visitors can take a virtual tour of the sculpture collection on the UAM website.
The UAM would like to thank the CSULB Alumni Association and the J. Paul Getty Foundation for their generous contributions to this project. The museum is especially thankful to Registrar and Curator of the Permanent Collection Angela Barker for her management of this project. Additional thanks goes to Getty Multicultural Intern Alanzo Moreno for his assistance with editing and cataloguing collection records and UAM Intern Mary Coyne for her help with researching artist biographies.
About the University Art Museum, CSULB
The mission of the University Art Museum is to present exhibitions and programs that blur the boundaries between visual arts and design, technology, music, and contemporary culture. The UAM provides a forum for the investigation of contemporary visual culture and seeks to transform the traditional art museum experience, from the ordinary to the extraordinary and personal. Begun as a significant campus gallery in 1973 and first accredited by the American Association of Museums in 1984, the UAM ranks among the top ten-percent of the nation’s 16,000 plus museums, and is praised as one of the top museums in the state by the California Arts Council. The UAM maintains a permanent collection of works on paper by important contemporary masters and site-specific outdoor sculpture that has brought recognition to the university and the City of Long Beach.