by Morgan Montalvo
It’s a social studies concept that Texas public school students learn and re-learn during their years in the classroom: the Columbian Exchange.
Now, the Witte Museum animates the Age of Exploration trade development that changed life in both the Old and New Worlds, WOAI News reports.
The Witte’s interactive Columbian Exchange exhibit features paintings that appear to spring to life when viewed though e-tablets, says Amy Fulkerson, the museum’s chief curator.
“It’s not just a work of art; it’s fully integrated with augmented reality,” Fulkerson says of the six primary and 16 smaller images created by painter Luis Moro for the interactive display.
“That is the one way to fully experience the art in its entirety,” Fulkerson says.
The exhibit is part of the museum’s Confluence of Culture series and an official San Antonio Tricentennial activity.
Fulkerson describes the exhibit as “less formal” than a traditional art exhibit and “far more engaging in terms of how we’re using technology.”
The Columbian Exchange exhibit runs through the end of December.
ART COURTESY: WITTE MUSEUM/LUIS MORO