Dr. Barnes taught people to look at works of art primarily in terms of their visual relationships rather than their historical ones. Shelley Bernstein, Deputy Director of Audience Engagement and Chief Experience Officer at the Barnes Foundation, wanted to realize this idea in a web browser. To do this, we worked with a host of technology partners to bring design, computer vision and machine learning techniques to their collections data and assets. The end result is a unique way of visually exploring the collection in the spirit of Dr. Barnes and his approach to visual relationships between objects.
Following Shelley’s lead, we partnered with a dream team of technologists, designers and data scientists to help the museum bring the project to light. All of the code produced for the project was open sourced and can be found on The Barnes Foundation GitHub page. As well, the project was documented in great detail on their blog. A full list of project credits can be found on here.