Now that the new IMA web site is live, we want to take time to introduce you to some new features over the next few weeks. Rob gave a behind the scenes look at many of these features last week, but we’ll be going into more detail.
First up, collections search.
We created rich menus for the navigation of the website. Under the “Art” menu item you’ll find we’ve added a collections search box. This makes the collections available from every single page on the website.
Upon visiting the collections search page itself, you’ll be presented with a random selection of works of art that are currently on view in the galleries.
In the picture above, I did a search for “landscape“. Hovering the results presents you with some more information and options for each work. You can quickly see if the work is currently on view and how relevant it is to your search. You can also click the magnifying glass to zoom the image or click on several other places to visit the works web page.
We can see from search logs that most people are actually searching by artist names. In response to this we have added the ability to filter your search results by creator. In the screenshot above I have filtered my “landscape” search to only show works by John Ottis Adams.
Sometimes you might be looking for a work in a non-standard way. User-supplied tags can make it easier to find works that may not have the words in the tombstone that you are looking for. Case in point: a recent Super Bowl bet in which we now have to lend a specific work to the New Orleans Museum of Art.
Finally we wanted to make it easy to search works by their creation and accession dates. We added some simple sliders to the advanced section of the form that let you do exactly this. In the example above I am viewing works from our Asian department that were created during the Edo period. You can ask some reason specific questions using the search. In the example below I am looking for paintings acquired since the beginning of 2009.
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