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ARTLENS Gallery is a multi-faceted, innovative experience that allows you, your family, and friends to look closer, dive deeper, and have fun discovering the museum's collection using award-winning digital technology. Create your own original artwork in ArtLens Studio, engage with masterworks of art and touchscreen-free interactives in ArtLens Exhibition, and connect with the museum's world-renowned collection at the ArtLens Wall. Use your ArtLens App to save the artworks you learn about and photos you take during your experience, and then map your visit throughout the museum using the app's responsive wayfinding technology. ARTLENS Gallery was fully completed in September 2017.
ArtLens Exhibition is the primary and most recently revovated ARTLENS Gallery space. The goal of the Exhibition is to be an experiential gallery that puts you—the viewer—into conversation with masterpieces of art while encouraging engagement on a personal and emotional level. The art selection and barrier-free digital interactives inspire you to approach the museum’s entire collection with greater curiosity, confidence, and understanding. Transitioning away from traditional touchscreen technology, the Exhibition interactives use barrier-free, gesture-sensing projections that respond seamlessly to body movement and facial recognition as you approach, immersing you in the art-viewing experience. There are 16 innovative games, centered on the following themes: Composition, Symbols, Gesture + Emotion, and Purpose. The Exhibition features 20 masterworks from The CMA's collection, and new artworks will rotate in every 18 months to provide new, fresh experiences. Each artwork in the Exhibition has two corresponding games in different themes, allowing you to dive deeper into understanding the object while exploring even more content. Rather than screens positioned in front of the artworks, the Exhibition reverses the experience with the artwork positioned in the foreground. ArtLens Exhibition re-opened at the Solstice Party in June 2017.
ArtLens Studio was designed with the entire family in mind and uses cutting-edge technology, movement, and play to introduce new ways to look at and experience art. Astonishing in its visionary breadth, the magic of ArtLens Studio is also deceptive in its simplicity. While visitors are having fun, they are also looking closer, making connections, and practicing skills that will enhance their experience with art throughout the museum.
ArtLens Studio uses innovative technology to give families the opportunity to use movement and play to connect to the collection. Reveal and Zoom is a large 4k video wall where visitors use their bodies to reveal artworks or zoom into an artwork in great detail. The Create Studio, which allows visitors to create their own artworks, consists of four stations: Pottery Wheel, Collage Maker, Portrait Maker, and Paint Play. These installations use a combination of time-of-flight depth cameras, custom C++ software, and real-time graphics to create interactive experiences that allow visitors to experiment with traditional artistic techniques in a playful, gesture-based way. Visitors may save creations by sharing them on the museum’s Tumblr site. ArtLens Studio re-opended in June 2016.
A collaborative creation, ArtLens App combines the most current technology and innovative design with a wealth of interpretive content provided by the museum’s curatorial and interpretation teams. ArtLens App includes a high-definition image and object information about every artwork on display in the museum and is updated in real time, ensuring that users have access to the most accurate information available. Moreover, ArtLens App enhances a visitor’s museum experience by providing the option to design individual tours, offering tools to better understand artwork through augmented reality and guiding users with interactive real-time maps. The redesigned interface is clean and intuitive and the wayfinding map is more responsive, now using 252 iBeacons throughout the museum and outside to improve accuracy and eliminate the need for paper maps. ArtLens App uses Bluetooth to connect to the museum’s iconic ArtLens Wall to make synchronization seamless.
ArtLens App has been upgraded to unite the entire ARTLENS Gallery experience. All artworks you learn about during Exhibition game play will be saved to the "You" section in ArtLens App, and all photos captured during game play will be saved to your photos and appear on the Beacon at the entrance of ARTLENS Gallery. After saving artworks in the Exhibition or at the ArtLens Wall, visitors can use ArtLens App as their digital map around the museum, making wayfinding simple and fun.
The 40-foot interactive, multitouch ArtLens Wall is the only one of its kind and one of the largest in the world. This digital visualization of the on view collection gives you a snapshot of our museum and allows visitors to browse all artworks currently on view, as well as a few selections of work that are off view. Every 40 seconds the Wall rotates through everything on view, displaying curated selections of artworks grouped in dozens of ways—by type, theme, purpose, shape, color—so you can see how our artworks are related across cultures and time periods. Touch an artwork on the Wall that catches your eye to find out what it is and where it is in the museum. Select the medium, time period, or culture in blue text above the artwork to browse across the museum’s collection without moving from your spot. When you find a favorite, let everyone know by touching the heart icon below the artwork.
Use ArtLens App to save on view artworks from the Wall to the "You" section in the app via Bluetooth. Consult the app to easily find an artwork’s location, details, additional information, and multimedia content. Download ArtLens App for iOS or Android from the iTunes App Store or Google Play, or rent one of our devices. Make sure you connect to the ARTLENS wifi to download. After downloading, open ArtLens App, accept all prompts, and place your device on one of the docking stations below the Wall. Select “Accept” to connect to the Wall and start saving artworks.
At the north lobby entrance of ARTLENS Gallery, the 20 ft-wide Beacon screen uses whimsical stop motion to pull live visitor creations from ArtLens Studio, Exhibition, and app, and features works of art on view from across the museum's collection. Visitor portraits and collages from ArtLens Studio decorate the Beacon, along with the expressions, poses, and artwork created at Express Yourself, Strike a Pose, and Become an Artwork in ArtLens Exhibition, and visitor-created tours from ArtLens app. From the galleries, the Beacon pulls the smallest, heaviest, oldest, and latest artworks, allowing visitors to learn surprising facts about the artwork on view and see what and where new artwork is displayed.