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There's an App for That

Ever wanted to examine the brushstrokes of a Monet during your commute to work? Now you can. Ever wanted to hear a curator talk about Gauguin’s time in sunny Tahiti while you’re anticipating winter in Chicago? You can do that too…and a whole lot more.

Today, the Art Institute proudly introduces our first mobile app, a guide to the museum’s world-renowned Impressionist collection. Based on the catalogue The Age of French Impressionism by curators Douglas Druick and Gloria Groom, this searchable digital distillation of the publication offers detailed information and high resolution illustrations of over 100 works of art, along with artist biographies, panoramic views of four of the Impressionist galleries, and an illustrated timeline of Impressionism and Chicago.

As Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Collections Management at the Art Institute, I’ve had the pleasure of being intimately involved with this app from the beginning. Yet with its launch this morning, after the almost 9 months we’ve been working on it, it was only as I watched visitors explore the app for the first time that I was again reminded about just how downright cool this new handheld technology actually is. We’ve published a digital book—and an art book, nothing less—for the palm of your hand. And it’s magical!

The app is available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android at the App Store and Android Market (with a reduced sticker price for the first two weeks!) Also, if you happen to be in the museum, stop by Gallery 200 for a test drive.

—Sam Q., Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Collections Management