The Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, located in Washington DC, has recently launched this new Web site. Created with Second Story Interactive Studios, this innovative online premiere brings together about half of Hirshhorn's collection, allowing Internet users to view and research artworks and holdings that have been previously inaccessible online and rarely on public display. A few of the site's highlights include a rotating display of individual artworks featured on every page; an interactive educational component that teaches visitors of all ages about the process of making art by allowing them the opportunity to construct their own sculptures using a palette of shapes, colors, and effects; and a cinematic slide show of the Hirshhorn story that documents the history of the institution, the building, and the founding donor (including an audio clip of Joseph H. Hirshhorn's 1974 inaugural speech). In addition, the site contains and a pop-up calendar that gives instant access to listings of current and upcoming events, and offers downloadable worksheets and other resource materials regarding the collection. Teachers, parents, students, and art enthusiasts may find this site worthy of attention.
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