In 2009, the Getty Foundation invited the Walker Art Center and eight other museums to participate in an initiative to create new models for the future of scholarly collection catalogues. As a contemporary art center dedicated to presenting the most innovative visual, performing, and media arts of our time, the Walker conceived an online serial publication that would be tied to its acquisition strategies and collections-based exhibitions.
With its Living Collections Catalogue, the Walker aims to create a sustainable publishing platform that will be of service to academics and art enthusiasts. The designs adopt a visual aesthetic for navigation and page layouts blending the best qualities of the book, magazine, and online forms. With the release of new volumes, we anticipate adding new features and making improvements as our understanding of this hybrid environment—the intersection of a collections database with printed catalogue and digital reading environments continues to evolve.
The first three volumes of the Living Collections Catalogue are generously funded under the auspices of the Getty Foundation’s Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative.