Friday, September 25, 2009

Asian Art Museum podcasts now available at iTunes


Some of the discussions around the Art of the Samurai exhibit at the Asian Art Museum have been about the focus of the exhibit. Some have complained that the show didn't represent the full truth of the Samurai. Other criticisms were about the labels, the marketing - you name it, somebody complained.  Baker's recent column at SF Gate about the parody site just threw more gasoline on that particular fire and the Asian knows that there will be more controversy with the upcoming show on the art of Burma (or Myamar). Now, I think that it’s up to each individual to take responsibility for educating him or herself. I see the various shows as a starting point, not the be-all and end all or do I feel that it's up to the Asian to represent my particular politics. But this free option goes a long way toward making a whole range of information available to those who want to take the time and make the effort to learn more. Since we are such a auditory culture, downloading onto your iPod and listening is a painless way to increase your knowledge.

iTunes U is a portal in Apple’s iTunes Store wherein educational institutions can provide FREE, high-quality downloadable content for you to enjoy on your Mac, PC, iPod or iPhone. Important! You will need Apple’s iTunes application to access iTunes U.  To download a free version of iTunes for Mac or PC,  please visit: http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/.

The Asian Art Museum’s exciting new site on iTunes U enables the museum to extend its educational mission by reaching further beyond the museums’ walls. The content featured on the site includes a diverse range of multimedia resources on Asian art and culture such as audio guides and videos on the museum’s acclaimed collection and special exhibitions; public lectures by renowned scholars; educator resource packets and art activities; footage from museum performances, events and  demonstrations; short documentaries; and much more!

To begin exploring the Asian Art Museum’s new iTunes U site, please visit: http://deimos.apple.com/WebObjects/Core.woa/Browse/asianart.org

For an excellent tutorial on how to use iTunes U, see: 

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