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Brooklyn Museum June 11, 2009
Please see this thread for updates. Remember, photos can't be used until they are fully captioned by each institution and the pool is finalized - more info here. Final Standings

Group Description

Wikipedia Loves Art is a scavenger hunt and free content photography contest coordinated by the Brooklyn Museum with Carnegie Museum of Art, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Houston Museum of Natural Science, The Hunter Museum of American Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Jewish Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, New-York Historical Society, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Taft Museum of Art, V&A aimed at illustrating Wikipedia articles. The event is planned to run for the whole month of February 2009, and the name is a play off of Valentine's Day. Although there are planned events at each location, you can go on your own at any time during the month.

Shoot on your own or create a small team (10 people, tops) and sign-up online. Use the scavenger hunt lists provided by Wikipedia (see "Goal Lists" section) to take shots and cross off as many subjects on the list as possible. Upload shots to this group with the correct Creative Commons license required by Wikipedia and we will tally the scores.

Images uploaded to this group will be used to illustrate Wikipedia articles and you'll get full credit when an image is used. Teams with the most points at the end of the month will get cool prizes.

To cross items off your list, you can shoot at any participating institution as long as you do it and upload here during the month of February 2009. Each institution will be posting meet-ups in the discussion area of this group.

Goal Lists:

Brooklyn Museum
Carnegie Museum of Art
Film Society of Lincoln Center
Honolulu Academy of Arts
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Hunter Museum of American Art
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Jewish Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museum of Modern Art
New-York Historical Society
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Taft Museum of Art
V&A

Scoring & Standings:

Score 1 point for each photograph submitted to a category. Multiple photographs can be submitted to a category as long as they represent different works of art (each photograph will earn you 1 point). At the close of the competition, Cary Bass, from the Wikipedia Foundation, will assign bonus points for each photograph that he thinks is awesome. Remember, Wikipedia is looking for quantity and quality. [see this thread for clarification]

View current standings here.

General Qualification Notes:

1) Shots submitted must be licensed with the correct creative commons license required by Wikipedia. That's got to be either "Attribution Creative Commons" or "Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons". There is no resolution requirement.

2) You can only shoot works of art in the public domain, so as a general rule, only works of art created prior to 1923 will be able to qualify. However, copyright law will differ from country to country and there is no hard and fast rule. Further information will be on each scavenger hunt list and we recommend you contact us if you have questions (contact info for each institution is below). Please note, if you happen to capture something that is not in the public domain you may be asked to remove it.

3) Images can only be taken at participating institutions (following their guidelines posted below) and must uploaded and shot during February 2009.

4) In the caption, your images must include the object's full identification and credit line from the object's label; your team's name; and the category this image defines so that we can assign points. Each institution may ask you to tackle getting this information in different ways, so best to see the each venue's guidelines posted below for more information.

5) Images must be your own work, submitted by you.

6) Photographers must register online.

7) In order to properly score everyone's entries will be adding machine tags [they:look="like this"] to your photographs. So, please don't delete these tags, even if they look a little weird. Also, this means you need to have tagging turned ON in order to qualify. To do this, go to your account settings, the privacy & permissions tab, and make sure "Add notes and tags:" is set to "Any Flickr user".

8) In order to properly score entries, the clean shot must be "public" on Flickr and in the WLA group. [see this thread for more info]

Guidelines for Wikipedia Editors:

When using any image from this group a) the photographer must be credited b) the full object identification and credit line must be retained and c) leave a comment for the photographer so he/she knows the image has been selected to illustrate an article.

Please note, for institutions who are captioning their objects it may take a while for us to notate the proper ID and credit line. Please hold off using any images that do not include this information. If you need something captioned sooner than we are getting to it on our own, then just e-mail us and ask us to prioritize the thing you need. For those Museums not captioning all of the photographs, Wikipedia will provide a list to those Museums who will then caption the selected photos. Our overall aim is to finish captioning by the end of March.

Guidelines for Shooting at the Brooklyn Museum:

Shots must be taken in existing light only (no flash) and tripods cannot be used.

We ask that you shoot each work twice. First time shoot the object with an index card in the frame that displays the object's accession number, your team name, and category name so we can assign points. Second time shoot the object again, but this time without the card. Submit both shots to this group. Brooklyn Museum staff will use the information on the index card to properly caption the image with the correct object information and credit line (less work for you!) and the second, clean shot will then be used for Wikipedia.

Shots must be tagged brooklynmuseum and your.team.name and category.name so we can easily sort them. Brooklyn Museum staff may add other tags as needed to help keep track during the hunt.

We would love to see you at one of our meet-ups. Questions? Contact community@brooklynmuseum.org or flickrmail us.

Guidelines for Shooting at Carnegie Museum of Art:

Photographers are welcome in the Scaife Galleries (Galleries One through Eight) and Hall of Architecture. Works on loan to the museum or works of art created after to 1923 cannot be photographed. The label identifying the work of art will specify if the object is from Carnegie Museum of Art's collection and when it was created. Art objects in special exhibitions are on loan to the museum and may not be photographed. Security officers can assist visitors in determining if an object is on loan to the museum.

Only handheld cameras with attached standard flash equipment are allowed. No auxiliary flash, lighting equipment, tripods, or video cameras are permitted because of potential damage to the artwork.

We ask that you shoot each work twice. First time shoot the object with an index card in the frame that displays the object's accession number, your team name, and category name so we can assign points. Second time shoot the object again, but this time without the card. Submit both shots to this group. CMA staff may use the information on the index card to properly caption the image with the correct object information and credit line and the second, clean shot will then be used for Wikipedia. Please note that when shooting with the index card, the card must be held and not set or attached to the wall or work of art's case or stand.

Shots must be tagged CMA and your.team.name and category.name so we can easily sort them. CMA staff may add other tags as needed to help keep track during the hunt.

Questions? Contact Ellen James, jamese@carnegiemuseums.org

Guidelines for Shooting for The Film Society of Lincoln Center:

The Film Society of Lincoln Center is sponsoring a competition for the best photographs of historic movie house architecture nationwide. We encourage you to submit shots of iconic movie houses, surviving movie palaces, drive-in theatres, crumbling remnants, projection equipment and other aspects of movie house architecture.

Please tag your entries filmlinc so we can locate them for judging.

Questions? Contact filminfo@filmlinc.com

Guidelines for Shooting at Honolulu Academy of Arts:

Photography of the Academy’s permanent collection is permitted. Any work that is on loan or created after 1870 is not permitted for photography and will not be included as a part of the scavenger hunt. No photography is allowed in galleries 9, 10, 12, 27, 28, Central Courtyard, Kinau Courtyard and the Luce Pavilion Complex.

Please take photographs in existing light (no flash). No auxiliary flash, lighting equipment, tripods, or video cameras are permitted due to the potential damage to works of art.

What you will need: camera, index cards, pencils (pens are not allowed in the galleries).

Directions: Shoot each work twice. First time shoot the object with an index card in the frame that displays the object's accession number, your team name, and category name so we can assign points. The index card must be held and not set or attached to the wall or work of art. Second time shoot the object without the card. Submit both shots
to this Flickr group. HAA staff may use the information on the index card to properly caption the image with the correct object information and credit line and the second, clean shot will then be used for Wikipedia.

Shots must be tagged HAA and your.team.name and category.name so we can easily sort them. HAA staff may add other tags as needed to help keep track during the hunt.

For questions please contact Sabrina Velazquez, svelazquez@honoluluacademy.org.

Guidelines for Shooting at the Houston Museum of Natural Science:

Photography is permitted in most permanent exhibitions at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, specifically excluding the John P McGovern Hall of the Americas. Please observe posted signage regarding photography in all of the Museum's exhibitions, venues and satellite facilities.

We ask that you shoot each work twice. First time shoot the object with an index card in the frame that displays the object's accession number, your team name, and category name so we can assign points. Second time shoot the object again, but this time without the card. Submit both shots to this group. HMNS staff will use the information on the index card to properly caption the image with the correct object information and credit line (less work for you!) and the second, clean shot will then be used for Wikipedia.

Shots must be tagged hmns and your.team.name and category.name so we can easily sort them. Administrators may add other tags as needed to help keep track during the hunt.

Questions? Contact eblatzer@hmns.org or flickrmail erinblatzer.

Guidelines for Shooting at The Hunter Museum of American Art:

You may photograph artwork in the Museum’s permanent collection galleries in accordance with existing policy. Art objects in special exhibitions are on loan to the museum and may not be photographed.

No flash photography, lighting equipment, tripods, or video cameras are permitted because of potential damage to the artwork.

We ask that you shoot each work twice. First time shoot the object with an index card in the frame that displays the object's accession number, your team name, and category name so we can assign points. Second time shoot the object again, but this time without the card. Submit both shots to this group. HMAA staff may use the information on the index card to properly caption the image with the correct object information and credit line and the second, clean shot will then be used for Wikipedia. Please note that when shooting with the index card, the card must be held and not set or attached to the wall or work of art's case or stand.

Shots must be tagged HMAA and your.team.name and category.name so we can easily sort them. HMAA staff may add other tags as needed to help keep track during the hunt.

Questions? Contact Erin Noseworthy, enoseworthy@huntermuseum.org .

Guidelines for Shooting at the Indianapolis Museum of Art:

You are welcome to shoot works of art in the American, European, Asian and African art galleries as well as in 100 Acres and other parts of the museum gardens and grounds. Photography is not permitted in the Contemporary Galleries located on the 3rd gallery level or in the special exhibition gallery.

Shots must be taken in existing light only (no flash) and tripods cannot be used.

Shots must be tagged IMA and your.team.name and category.name so we can easily sort them. IMA staff may add other tags as needed to help keep track during the hunt.

Questions? Contact newmedia@imamuseum.org.

Guidelines for Shooting at the The Jewish Museum:

The Jewish Museum welcomes visitors to photograph works of art that predate 1923 within our permanent exhibition, Culture and Continuity, on the Museum's 3rd & 4th floors. Photography is not permitted of 20th century and contemporary works, works on loan, and works in temporary exhibitions on the 1st & 2nd floors. Photographs must be taken in existing light only (no flash) and tripods cannot be used.

We ask that you shoot each work twice. First time shoot the object with an index card in the frame that displays the object's accession number, your team name, and category name so we can assign points. Second time shoot the object again, but this time without the card. Submit both shots to this group. Jewish Museum staff will use the information on the index card to properly caption the image with the correct object information and credit line and the second, clean shot will then be used for Wikipedia.

Shots must be tagged jewishmuseum and your.team.name and category.name so we can easily sort them. Jewish Museum staff may add other tags as needed.

Questions? Contact info@thejm.org

Guidelines for Shooting at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art:

Photographers are welcome in permanent collection galleries excluding modern and contemporary. Also, please do not shoot art in special exhibitions or any object created after 1900.

Shots must be taken in existing light only (no flash) and tripods cannot be used.

We ask that you shoot each work twice. First time shoot the object with an index card in the frame that displays the object's accession number, your team name, and category name so we can assign points. Second time shoot the object again, but this time without the card. Submit both shots to this group. LACMA staff will use the information on the index card to properly caption the image with the correct object information and credit line (less work for you!) and the second, clean shot will then be used for Wikipedia.

Shots must be tagged LACMA and your.team.name and category.name so we can easily sort them. LACMA staff may add other tags as needed to help keep track during the hunt.

Please contact press@lacma.org with questions.

Guidelines for Shooting at The Metropolitan Museum of Art:

You may take photographs in the Museum's permanent collection galleries—in the Main Building and at The Cloisters Museum and Gardens—in accordance with existing policy. Photography is not permitted of modern and contemporary works of art, in special exhibitions, or other areas designated "No Photography." Works of art on loan from private collections or other institutions may not be photographed. See Visitor Tips for the Museum's complete photography policy.

Shots must be taken in existing light only (no flash) and tripods cannot be used.

Shots must be tagged metmuseum and your.team.name and category.name so we can easily sort them. Metropolitan Museum staff may add other tags as needed to help keep track during the hunt.

We ask that you shoot each work twice. First time shoot the object with an index card in the frame that displays the object's accession number, your team name, and category name so we can assign points. Second time shoot the object again, but this time without the card. Submit both shots to this group. Metropolitan Museum staff may use the information on the index card to properly caption the image with the correct object information and credit line and the second, clean shot will then be used for Wikipedia. Please note that when shooting with the index card, the card must be held and not set or attached to the wall or work of art's case or stand.

Teams cannot be larger than 10 people to participate. However, a group of 10 may receive a discounted admission. Go to the Group Registration Desk in the Great Hall to purchase discounted admission for groups of 10 or more. Then, you may split into smaller working teams before entering the galleries.

Employees and volunteers of the Museum and their immediate families and household members are not eligible to win.

Questions? Contact us at web.site@metmuseum.org.

Guidelines for Shooting at the Museum of Modern Art:

You may photograph work by the following artists in the Painting and Sculpture galleries on the fifth floor of the Museum: Cezanne, Seurat, Van Gogh, Gaugin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Klimt, Rousseau, Monet, Redon, and Boccioni. Photos of works by other artists unfortunately will not be accepted in this contest.

Flash photography is not allowed and tripods cannot be used in the galleries.

Shots must be tagged MoMA and your.team.name and category.name so we can easily sort them. MoMA staff may add other tags as needed to help keep track during the hunt.

Questions? Contact Victor Samra at victor_samra@moma.org

Guidelines for Shooting at the New-York Historical Society:

Photographers are welcome in the 2nd Floor Galleries and 4th Floor Luce Center Galleries. Photography is not permitted in the first floor Grant and Lee galleries, of the contents of “A New President Takes Command: FDR’s First Hundred Days”, or of any other objects on loan or produced after 1923. Photography of objects in the public domain is allowed in the 4th Floor Luce Center only. Shots must be taken in existing light only and no tripods can be used. [note: edit 2/11/09]

We ask that you shoot each work twice. First, shoot the object with an index card in the frame that displays the object's inventory number, your team name, and category name so we can assign points. Second, shoot the object again, but this time without the card. Submit both shots to this group. New-York Historical Society staff will use the information on the index card to properly caption the image with the correct object information and credit line and the second, clean shot will then be used for Wikipedia.

Shots must be tagged nyhistorical and your.team.name and category.name so we can easily sort them. New-York Historical Society staff may add other tags as needed to help keep track during the hunt.

We would love to see you at one of our meet-ups. Questions? Contact twroten@nyhistory.org or flickrmail timothywroten.

Guidelines for Shooting at the Smithsonian American Art Museum:

Handheld photography is permitted in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s permanent collections galleries, including its Renwick Gallery and Luce Foundation Center. Flash is allowed; tripods are not. Please keep a safe distance of at least three feet from the artworks. Photography is prohibited in the Lunder Conservation Center and in the special exhibition galleries. Works on loan to the American Art Museum may not be photographed. The label identifying each artwork includes a credit line that indicates whether it is part of the American Art Museum’s collection. Ask a security officer or gallery attendant if you are not sure.

Note: The American Art Museum shares its main building with another museum, the National Portrait Gallery, so make sure the images you upload are of artworks from the American Art Museum’s collection only.

Shots must be tagged AmArt and your.team.name and category.name so we can easily sort them. American Art Museum staff may add other tags as needed to help keep track during the hunt.

Questions? Contact Jeff Gates: gatesj@si.edu

Guidelines for Shooting at the Taft Museum of Art:

You are welcome to shoot works of art in all the galleries, as well as the garden and historic house. Photography is not permitted in the 5/3 Gallery.

Shots must be taken in existing light only (no flash) and tripods cannot be used.

We ask that you shoot each work twice. First, shoot the object with an index card in the frame that displays the object's accession number, the team name, and category name so we can assign points. (Please note, only pencils are allowed in the galleries, so please bring one to use, along with index cards or paper.) Second, shoot the object again, but this time without the card. Submit both shots. Taft staff will use the information on the index card to properly caption the image with the correct object information and credit line and the second, clean shot will then be used for Wikipedia.

Shots must be tagged TAFT and your.team.name and category.name so we can easily sort them. Taft staff may add other tags as needed to help keep track during the hunt.

Questions? Contact pr@taftmuseum.org.

Guidelines for Shooting at the V&A:

You are welcome to take photographs with flash (but no tripods) throughout the V&A, with the exception of the Raphael Cartoon Court and special exhibitions. As per the qualification guidelines, please do not shoot objects created after 1923.

We ask that you shoot each work twice. First time shoot the object with the museum label in the frame that displays the caption and object number so we can assign points. Second time shoot the object again, but this time without the label. Submit both shots to this group. V&A staff will use the information on the label to properly caption the image with the correct object information and credit line and the second, clean shot will then be used for Wikipedia.

Shots must be tagged VANDA and your.team.name and category.name so we can easily sort them. V&A staff may add other tags as needed to help keep track during the hunt.

Questions? Contact Lorna V&A via Flickrmail.

Prizes:

Each institution will announce a prize here for their local team that scores the most points. All the winners at the different institutions will also be awarded the Prize from Wikipedia as a bonus.

Prize from Brooklyn Museum: For the winning team in the New York area (who shot at least partially at the Brooklyn Museum to accomplish checking off their list), Associate Curator of Photography, Patrick Amsellem, will give a tour through Brooklyn Museum's recent photography acquisitions.

Prize from Carnegie Museum of Art: 20 free admission passes for Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History; A collection of Carnegie Museum of Art catalogues; Four free passes to the April's Art in Bloom Cocktails Go Green cocktail. Must be 21 years or older to enter.; Free one-year membership to Carnegie Museums

Prize from The Film Society of Lincoln Center: A five-movie series pass to
one of our film series and a one-year subscription to Film Comment magazine.

Prize from Honolulu Academy of Arts: Robert Frank's The Americans photography book, 2 Friends of Film Friday memberships, and 4 passes to ARTafterDARK

Prize from Houston Museum of Natural Science: A family membership and 4 tickets to Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China's First Emperor, opening May 22.

Prize from The Hunter Museum of American Art: 1 household membership, 4 museum passes and a $15 gift certificate to the museum store.

Prize from Indianapolis Museum of Art: The photographer with the most points (who shot at IMA) will win a fabulous prize package that includes a FREE iPod Touch, a fabulous IMA Blog t-shirt and a limited edition IMA Blog Rubik’s Cube.

Prize from The Jewish Museum: The photographer with the most points (who shot at The Jewish Museum) will receive a collection of four exhibition catalogues from the museum's current and past exhibitions: Masterworks of The Jewish Museum, The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson, The Art of William Steig, and Chagall and the Artists of the Russian Jewish Theater.

Prize from Los Angeles County Museum of Art: The photographer or team with the most points (who shot at LACMA) will win a collection of five LACMA exhibition catalogues as well as four VIP tickets to the museum.

Prize from The Metropolitan Museum of Art: For the winning team in the New York area (who shot at least partially at the Met), Jeff L. Rosenheim, Curator in the Department of Photographs, will give a tour through the Walker Evans and the Picture Postcard exhibition. No substitutions or exchanges of the prize can be made.

Prize from Museum of Modern Art: Private after-hours tour for up to 10 people guided by an art historian.

Prize from New-York Historical Society: 1-Year Individual Membership to the New-York Historical Society and an exhibition catalog.

Prize from Smithsonian American Art Museum: The winner(s) will receive a boxed set of books from our "Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum" series. In addition they will receive a special American Art Museum tote with an imprinted design based on our Kogod Courtyard roof, a tie featuring our building, a boxed set of museum note cards, and a copy of our publication Temple of Invention, about our historic building.

Prize from the Taft Museum of Art: Membership for each member of the winning team!

Prize from V&A (Sponsored by Wikimedia UK): The photographer with the most points (who shot at the V&A) will win a prize to be announced from the V&A gift shop.

Prize from Wikipedia: Pick your favorite pre-20th Century artist (or better yet, your Valentine's favorite), and, if you're a winner, we'll create or expand a Wikipedia article on one of their artworks. There are many Wikipedia articles on artworks by great artists that remain to be written.

Other notes:

If you have general questions about Wikipedia Loves Art, contact community@brooklynmuseum.org.

Group Rules

Wikipedia Loves Art is a scavenger hunt and free content photography contest coordinated with organizations worldwide, and aimed at illustrating Wikipedia articles. The event is planned to run for the whole month of February 2009, and the name is a play off of Valentine's Day.

Preliminary Rules:

Shoot on your own or create a small team (10 people, tops) and sign-up online (posted soon). Use the scavenger hunt list provided by Wikipedia (posted soon) to take shots and cross off as many subjects on the list as possible. Upload shots to this group with the correct Creative Commons license required by Wikipedia and we will tally the scores.

Images uploaded to this group will be used to illustrate Wikipedia articles and you'll get full credit when an image is used. Teams with the most points at the end of the month will get cool prizes (TBA).

To cross items off your list, you can shoot at any participating institution as long as you do it and upload here during the month of February 2009. You must be registered to shoot - please register here.

Qualification Notes:

1) Shots submitted must be licensed with the correct creative commons license required by Wikipedia. That's got to be either "Attribution Creative Commons" or "Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons". There is no resolution requirement.

2) You can only shoot works of art in the public domain, so as a general rule, only works of art created prior to 1923 will be able to qualify. However, copyright law will differ from country to country and there is no hard and fast rule. Further information will be on each scavenger hunt list and we recommend you contact us if you have questions (contact info for each institution is in the Group Description). If you happen to capture something that is not in the public domain, you may be asked to remove it.

3)Imagescan only be taken at participating institutions (following their guidelines posted to the group) and must uploaded during February 2009. See group for participating organizations.

4) In the caption, your images must include the object's full identification and credit line from the object's label; your team's name; and the category this image defines so that we can assign points. Each institution may ask you to tackle getting this information in different ways, so best to see the each venue's guidelines posted in the group description.

5) Images must be your own work, submitted by you.

6) Photographers must register online.

Note: All information subject to change. Please check the Group Description for the latest guidelines, participating organizations and information.

Additional Info

  • Accepted content types: Photos, Images
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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