Egyptian | Yuny and His Wife, Renenutet, ca. 1290-1270 B.C.E. | The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Museums function as gatekeepers to objects in physical spaces, but the usefulness of these “gatekeeping” functions becomes questionable in the online realm. Through their digital strategies, museums today have the opportunity to shape the future of exhibitions, merchandising, collecting, and patronage by fostering the discovery and study of art and architecture from a wide range of cultures and time periods.

At this year’s American Association of Museums Annual Meeting, ARTstor’s Christine Kuan discussed how crucial the distribution of images is for museums, not only in their mission as educational institutions, but also as a business strategy. Read her presentation “Maximum Museum: Digital Images, Licensing, and the Future of Museums.” [PDF: 547 kb]