Art Institute of Chicago

Monet, Art Institute of Chicago (1867)
The Art Institute of Chicago is cataloguing 33 paintings by Monet and 16 by Renoir from its collection of 19th–century European paintings, one of the finest in the world. The publication will also include extensive conservation documentation for the works in order to make this critical information fully available for the first time online.

Planning support: $240,000 (2009)
Implementation support: $400,000 (2011) $95,000 (2012)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Avalokiteshvara, LACMA (mid-12th century)
Through cataloguing approximately 60 objects from its important Southeast Asian collection, LACMA is exploring the internet’s potential to help place the objects into their original archaeological, cultural, and ritual contexts in ways not easily accomplished in print catalogues. The project will also incorporate videos, multiple views of archaeological sites, and audio files.

Planning support: $240,000 (2009) and $60,000 (2011)
Implementation support: $385,000 (2011)

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

de Heem, National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery is adapting and updating their existing print catalogue of the 17th-century Dutch paintings collection for online publication. First published in 1995, the print catalogue for this world-renowned collection is now both out of date and out of print. The Gallery has since acquired additional paintings and the curators have conducted significant additional research on the works. The catalogue will also include new audio and video components.

Planning support: $140,700 (2009)
Implementation support: $237,000 (2011)

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Rauschenberg, SFMOMA
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is engaging the role of multimedia in online catalogues as they prepare a catalogue of the Museum’s rich collection of works by Robert Rauschenberg. Incorporating artist interviews, critical texts, exhibition histories, and conservation assessments, the project promises to be the most comprehensive and accessible repository of research on Rauschenberg to date.

Planning support: $240,000 (2009)
Implementation support: $375,000 (2012)

Seattle Art Museum

Yang Hiu, Seattle Art Museum
The Seattle Art Museum is focusing on its Chinese paintings and works of calligraphy, with particular attention to the works' seals, inscriptions, and colophons (production notes and printer's marks) as these have great historic and artistic significance. The museum is also exploring how best to display scrolls online to simulate how they would originally have been used and read.

Planning support: $240,000 (2009) Implementation support: $248,000 (2011)

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution

Hokkei (1832) Freer Gallery of Art
The challenge of representing illustrated books online is a key component ofhe Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. catalogue. The museum's Gerhard Pulverer Collection of Japanese illustrated books, a recent acquisition and one of the most important collections in the world, has over 30,000 individual images in 1,586 volumes. The Freerr–Sackler project will focus on a module of 56 books by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), one of the best-known ukiyo-e printmakers of the Edo period, and provide a model for adding more volumes over time. The publication will also be instructive for museums and libraries with large collections of manuscripts and rare books.

Planning support: $200,000 (2009)
Implementation support: $220,000 (2013)


Ginner, Tate Gallery
A pioneer in online cataloguing, Tate is focusing on their collection of works by the important British Post-Impressionist artists collectively known as the Camden Town Group. A major exhibition in 2008 produced new information that will now be supplemented by additional research, providing an opportunity to adapt existing exhibition material to an online catalogue.

Planning support: £137,800 (2009)
Implementation support: £137,000 (2010)

Walker Art Center

Brown, It's a Draw, Walker Art Center (2008)

The Walker Art Center is cataloguing works acquired since 2005, when it published the print catalogue Bits & Pieces Put Together To Present a Semblance of a Whole. Their goal is to establish a system that captures a critical mass of the information destined for a scholarly catalogue during the acquisition and exhibition planning process.

Planning support: $200,000 (2009) Implementation support: $375,000 (2011)

Indianapolis Museum of Art

The IMA Lab, the media and technology arm of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, received Foundation support to develop a suite of open-source software tools that facilitate online publishing of scholarly catalogues by the museums involved in the Getty’s Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative and the larger museum community. The OSCI Toolkit is based on the successful prototype created by the IMA Lab for the Art Institute of Chicago and is now available free of charge.

Planning and implementation support: $237,000 (2011) and $300,000 (2014)