Itching for some fine art?
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Verizon launched The Met Unframed on Monday, an immersive virtual art and gaming experience.
It features “more than a dozen one-of-a-kind digitally rendered galleries and nearly 50 works of art from across The Met’s vast collection,” aiming to increase access to art in the time of coronavirus.
Visitors to TheMetUnframed.com can explore the digital galleries and play games that unlock augmented reality versions of the art, reports the Asbury Park Press, which is part of the USA TODAY Network. Games including trivia questions, riddles and a “Zoom and Spot” challenge encourage visitors to engage with the art, while one called “Analysis” uses infrared and XRF conservation documentation scans of paintings to allow users a peek at underdrawings and other hidden details in well-known Met works.
“Our mission since The Met’s founding 150 years ago has been to connect people to art and ideas, and to one another — something we’ve found to be more powerful than ever over these last months of isolation and uncertainty,” said Max Hollein, director of The Met.
“The Met Unframed brings the museum to audiences wherever they are in an innovative viewing experience, in which users can virtually visit iconic spaces and engage with The Met’s masterpieces, learn more about the works in a playful way and through AR, and enjoy bringing the art into one’s own surroundings,” Hollein continued. “The Met Unframed expands the ways in which we can understand, experience and appreciate art.”
The custom-designed digital galleries were rendered exclusively for The Met Unframed and evoke or nearly replicate spaces from across the Museum. The virtual layout creatively arranges a sampling of galleries that display art from across millennia and from around the world, allowing the Museum — and the collection — to be experienced like never before.
Visitors to the The Met Unframed are welcomed into a rendering of the museum’s iconic Great Hall, where Kent Monkman’s monumental diptych mistikôsiwak: “Wooden Boat People” hangs, and from there visitors can explore themes including Power, Home, Nature and Journey.
To access The Met Unframed, visit TheMetUnframed.com on any 4G or 5G smart device. It is available for free for a limited five-week run.
Ilana Keller is an award-winning journalist and lifelong New Jersey resident who loves Broadway and really bad puns. She highlights arts advocacy and education, theater fundraisers and more through her column, “Sightlines.” Reach out on Twitter: @ilanakeller; firstname.lastname@example.org