Art Babble is one of the most interesting, informative and stylish art websites I’ve ever seen and it’s no surprise that it won the MW2010 Best Overall Museum Web Site award at the Museums and the Web Conference in April.
ArtBabble is a project developed by the Indianapolis Museum of Art to share and showcase their high-quality videos about art and artists. They have since been joined by an impressive list of museum partners that includes the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the New York Public Library (and several others.)
The videos are beautifully presented, with all the usual features of a video site — commenting, sharing, downloading and embedding. Each video is enhanced with notes providing images and information, synchronized to specific points in the video. These are shown to the right of the video, and it’s easy to explore or ignore these while watching the video.
There’s quite a variety of videos here both in terms of style and subject matter. Two of my favorites are an interview with Beverly-born artist Wil Barnet from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and a lecture on Hello Kitty by New York Times business reporter Ken Belson, who wrote the book “Hello Kitty; The Remarkable Story of Sanrio and the Billion Dollar Feline Phenomenon.” I’ve embedded those videos below, but you’re really better off following the link and watching it on the Art Babble site to get the full effect.
This site is a great resources for students, teachers, and anyone with an interest in art.
Meet Wil Barnet
Hello Kitty — Hello Kitty: The Global Brand with Nine Lives by Ken Belson