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New Education and Exploration Tools on Tiki-Toki and Historypin

November 19, 2013

A screencapture of an Albright-Knox timeline made with Tiki-Toki.

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has launched a series of education and exploration resources related to its history and its Collection. The resources include six timelines created using the web platform Tiki-Toki and two walking tours created using the web and mobile platform Historypin.

The Resources for Education timeline, sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and its successful Art’scool program at the Albright-Knox, provides a chronological overview of the lesson plans and interpretive content available on the Albright-Knox’s website. This timeline will help educators more easily find content from a specific time period to use in their classrooms. It is also a great exploration tool for anyone who is interested in learning more about the museum’s Collection and educational materials.

The Visionary Collecting: 150 Years in the Making timeline  explores the history of the museum and its major benefactors. It was originally developed by Curator for the Collection Holly E. Hughes for The Long Curve: 150 Years of Visionary Collecting at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery exhibition catalogue. The Directors of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery timeline details the key contributions made by each of the Gallery’s directors from 1905 to the present, and three other timelines (below) provide a comprehensive history of the museum’s past exhibitions, from the founding of The Buffalo Fine Arts Academy in 1862 to the present.

Links to these exciting exploration tools 

In addition to the Tiki-Toki timelines, the Gallery is also launching two walking tours focused on the museum’s outdoor sculptures and architecture throughout the City of Buffalo. The Outdoor Sculpture at the Albright-Knox walking tour, which was beta tested during the After Hours @ AK Corporate Members’ event in June 2013, will be available through the Albright-Knox’s channel on the Historypin website and mobile application. Participants using the mobile app on supported devices can explore photographs and related content about each of the outdoor sculptures currently installed on the museum’s campus, including Jason Middlebrook’s Underlife, 2012–13, which was just completed in mid-October. Historypin app users will also have the ability to superimpose an image of a sculpture over their current view of the work, to see how it may have changed over the years, see other artworks previously installed in the location, or how it looks in different seasons. A tour of Buffalo architecture, inspired by the museum’s 1940 photography exhibition Buffalo Architecture, 1816–1940, will also be available on the Albright-Knox’s Historypin channel. Both walking tours were created by Albright-Knox Digital Media Manager Kelly Carpenter and Digital Collections and Services Assistant Sarah Klawinski.

Links to these exciting exploration tools can be found below:

Tiki-Toki Timelines:
Resources for Education
Visionary Collecting: 150 Years in the Making
Directors of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Albright Art Gallery: Past Exhibitions, 1862–1912
Albright Art Gallery: Past Exhibitions, 1913–1962
Albright-Knox Art Gallery: Past Exhibitions, 1963–Present

Historypin Tours:
Outdoor Tour of Sculpture at the Albright-Knox
Buffalo Architecture, 1816–1940: Downtown Walking Tour
Buffalo Architecture, 18161940: Delaware Park Points of Interest