NEW BRITAIN – The New Britain Museum of American Art will launch a virtual reality exhibition space that will feature art, interactive elements and information about the artist’s life.
The virtual reality exhibition space is called NEW/NOW by Shantell Martin. The exhibition space will showcase the art of Martin as she examines themes of identity, intersectionality, time and space.
Martin is known for her work using an ink marker and signature black-and-white artworks.
The exhibition was originally presented from October 2020 until April 2021 at the NBMAA. The virtual reality exhibition allows visitors to revisit the NEW/NOW show and be able to create their own drawings inspired by the artwork.
“I'm super excited that the exhibition gets to live on and looking forward to more people being able to experience what we created with New/Now,” Martin said. “We're going to hopefully see more of this in the future, digital or virtual experiences of art and creativity, but this is another example of how NBMAA is innovative and forward thinking, and I'm so honored to be a part of their community.”
In the virtual reality world, visitors will find themselves in the center of the William L. and Bette Batchelor Gallery at the NBMAA and can navigate the space by clicking on images and icons throughout the space. The exhibition includes an interview with the artist and more of Martin’s artwork, collaborations not previously seen.
Visitors of the virtual exhibition will be able to see Martin’s artwork close-up by clicking on objects throughout the galleries. In the mural entitled Transparency, which was originally drawn on the gallery wall, visitors will be able to “fly through” the large-scale site-specific artwork.
The NEW/NOW art installation can be explored through the virtual reality exhibition at the NBMAA’s website.