What's All This Then?
What's All This Then?
Thanks for visiting. If browsing around here while at work has had a negative effect on your productivity we're sorry but imagine what it's done to ours. [Hide]
We don't have the question "What's this site all about?" figured out just yet,
but maybe Some'Splaining To Do will be a good primer in the interim.
Like most cultural institutions, The MoOM needs the support of the community to survive. Well, not really, since we don't have a building or a staff or even those cheap little round colored badges that you hook on your collar when you attend, but we do hope you'll support The Museum of Online Museums all the same.
Becoming a "Sustaining Fellow" at a brick and mortar museum can cost well over a thousand dollars and often requires that you attend stuffy formal soirees and make small talk with muckety-mucks.
Supporting the MoOM requires a simple one-time non-tax-free contribution of $75. In exchange for your generosity, you'll receive one sweet, tall coffee mug, a permanent listing and link as a lifetime member of the Board of Directors and the right, but not the obligation, to post links to collections you discover online that you deem appropriate to the Mission of the MoOM. Thank you in advance for your consideration
Introducing a film from Coudal Partners and The Board of Directors of the Museum of Online Museums. The Curators is a three-part documentary, hosted by Collections Director Kevin Guilfoile, that focuses on the collectors and the collected.
Welcome to the Coudal Partners Museum of Online Museums. Here, you will find links from our archives to online collections and exhibits covering a vast array of interests and obsessions: Start with a review of classic art and architecture, and graduate to the study of mundane (and sometimes bizarre) objects elevated to art by their numbers, juxtaposition, or passion of the collector. The MoOM is organized into three sections.
The Museum Campus contains links to brick-and-mortar museums with an interesting online presence. Most of these sites will have multiple exhibits from their collections (or, in the case of the Smithsonian, displays of items not on display in the Washington museum itself).
The Permanent Collection displays links to exhibits of particular interest to design and advertising.
Galleries, Exhibition, and Shows is an eclectic and ever-changing list of interesting links to collections and galleries, most of them hosted on personal web pages. In other words, it's where all the good stuff is.
Aside from the quarterly list of links, we pull out five collections of particular interest and highlight them. New to the MoOM this fall will be the The Benefactors' Gallery, in which our Board of Directors will post links to their own and other notable collections.
One thing you won't find at MoOM are collections of posters or maps. As particular interests of ours, posters and maps have their own departments in the coudal.com archives. Find them and be lost for hours. MoOM will be evolving each week, so if you have a link that you think belongs here, please send a note to "kevin at coudal dot com" for consideration. And enjoy the galleries.
BTW: The MoOM was featured recently by Carolyn Kellogg of the Los Angeles Times and on NPR's All Things Considered and was selected as one of Time Magazine's 50 Coolest Websites for 2005. It was reviewed on The Voice of America radio show, Our World and received a nice writeup by Pamela LiCalzi O'Connell in the New York Times Circuits Section, another longer piece by Sarah Boxer in the NYT arts section and similarly kind attention from The Christian Science Monitor.
Recently acquired but not-yet-collected exhibits, with descriptions, along with exhibits previously collected, can be found in the MoOM Annex, a part of the general Coudal Partners archives.
Find a Job
More @ We Work Remotely.
The MoOM is a part of the Coudal Partners site. Based in Chicago, CP is a small design firm with big ideas.
Welcome to the Museum of Online Museums. On the MoOM main page you, will find the current exhibitions. The main collection is in the center column, divided into three subsections. On the left you'll find the five current featured exhibitions. The MoOM is updated continuously with major updates coming once each quarter.
An archive of previously featured exhibitions is available for browsing.
Those interested in supporting the MoOM as Benefactors also earn the right, but not the obligation, to post links to their own and other worthy collections. Information on serving on The Board is detailed in the Benefactors section.
A more detailed description of the MoOM Mission and galleries, as well as recent news and press clippings can be found here.
In honor of its recent renovation, we've assembled some information and a short film about the spiritual home of the MoOM, Crown Hall, at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
The MoOM is updated extensively each quarter. For a quick note when that happens and occasional contests and other stuff, enter your email here. We won't ever abuse the privilege. Period.