iPad Tour Mixes Technology and Art of the Old West at Fort Worth’s Sid Richardson Museum

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The Art Investigation iPad Tour, available for checkout beginning November 19th, blends a contemporary Crime Scene Investigator theme with old western style to explore specially selected works at the Sid Richardson Museum.

Sid Richardson Museum's Art Investigation iPad Tour mixes tech & art of the old west.

Art Investigation iPad Tour: Mixing Technology with Art of the Old West

Touch the dark screen to authenticate… your mission profile displays. Apply your finger to the sensor… the screen slides upward revealing a well-worn device with an animal skin back featuring glowing ruby control buttons and semi-transparent screens.

Touch the dark screen to authenticate… your mission profile displays. Apply your finger to the sensor… the screen slides upward revealing a well-worn device with an animal skin back featuring glowing ruby control buttons and semi-transparent screens. Activate the Artistic E-Microscope… the investigation begins.

The Art Investigation iPad Tour, available for checkout beginning November 19th, blends a contemporary crime scene investigator theme with old western style to explore specially selected works at the Sid Richardson Museum. The Museum features one of the nation's most significant private collections of Remington and Russell paintings of the Old West, amassed by legendary Texas oilman and philanthropist Sid W. Richardson.

The Art Investigation iPad Tour contains several interactions which allow the user to explore artwork details, engendering a sense of discovery and play. Each interaction can be thought of as a metaphor for examination, engaging the user in a game that encourages new understandings through active participation. Interactions include:
         ● Forensic Content Analyzer (about painting content)
         ● Artistic E-Microscope (about painting technique)
         ● Sound Analyzer Unit (imagined narrative)

The Art Investigation iPad app embraces the ideas and possibilities of the new mobile media, engaging museum visitors by actively focusing their attentions on the artwork. It enhances the gallery visit rather than simply creating a digital substitute.

Jan Wilkie, Sid Richardson Museum director, said “The Art Investigation iPad Tour is a unique opportunity to reach out to new audiences through technology, making our collection relevant to them. This tour leverages technology to encourage a deeper understanding of the artwork.”

About the Technology
The Art Investigation iPad app is a new breed of app which uses html5, javaScript, jQuery and jQueryMobile to create mobile applications that are lightweight, graphically unique and highly responsive.

About the Museum
Museum admission is free and iPads are available for free checkout. Museum hours are: Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For info: http://sidrichardsonmuseum.org, 888-332-6554, or visit 309 Main Street in historic Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth.

About The Collection
Sid W. Richardson was an avid collector of Western art, focusing mostly on Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell paintings which show the romance and ruggedness of the Old West.

About the Museum Store
The museum store invites you to take home a little of the Old West and features beautiful prints, bronze reproductions, books and gifts at http://sidrichardsonmuseum.org/store

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