Carnegie Mellon University

Center for the Arts in Society

Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Fine Arts

October 01, 2015

Digitizing the Ephemeral

Shakespeare, Austen and the Visualization of Museum Exhibitions, 1796 and 1813

Digitizing the Ephemeral

CAS Speaker Series Presents:

Janine Barchas
Associate Professor of English University of Texas, at Austin

Dr. Barchas is the creator of the digital gallery What Jane Saw, a room-by-room reconstruction of an exhibition of paintings by Sir Joshua Reynolds that novelist Jane Austen attended on 24 May 1813. What Jane Saw’s open-access website, hailed as a Digital Humanities “first,” has already seen more than 140K unique visitors from around the world. She and her team are currently reconstructing yet another historic exhibition: John Boydell’s popular Shakespeare Gallery as it looked in 1796. Boydell’s gallery was the first-ever museum dedicated to William Shakespeare. For tens of thousands of visitors during its 15-year run between 1789 and 1804, this Shakespeare Gallery was the binge-watching equivalent of seeing all of The Bard’s plays in one go! This talk will offer a sneak peek into the forthcoming time-travel portal to 1796, as well as an explanation of the methodology and research behind the current What Jane Saw TARDIS to 1813.

Thursday, October 1, 2015
4:30pm – 6pm
Porter Hall 100