Between Art and Quarantine

Museums are among the many things that have been temporarily shut down. One of our librarians has been taking us on some great virtual tours of some of these museums. Recently another trend has begun as a way to interact with the art world. It’s called Between Art and Quarantine and you can get involved as well.

It began with the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and was then taken up by the Getty in Los Angeles. The challenge invites you to use the online collections of museums as inspiration and then use household objects to re-create the artwork. People are then posting their creations to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #betweenartandquarantine. The posts are creative and fun.

You can see above that my family got involved in the challenge over the weekend. Shown are our interpretations of Monet’s Poppy Field and Corot’s Interrupted Reading. Both of these pieces are owned by the Art Institute of Chicago.

This blog post from the Getty tells you more about the challenge, shows some creative examples that people have posted, and gives how-to’s for making your own re-creation.

If you want to explore more artworks or artists, you can always consult the MVCC Library collection. In the library catalog, do a search for a genre, era, or artist. Then to the left of your results click on E-books to see the online sources.

If you like, in addition to posting your work to social media, please share with me what you come up with. Email a picture of your art to I would love to see your creations!

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