So this was awesome. While I was at the Cantor to see Watkins, I poked around and stuck my nose into the Rodin’s hands exhibition as well. I’m very glad I did. It’s a perfect exhibit for Stanford in how it melds art and science and technology and education.
Lots of times technology in museums seems to be done in a “we’ve got to use TECHNOLOGY” way which doesn’t have anything to do with the art. In this case it’s a perfect fit. The technology enhances our understanding of century-old art. It’s not just “this is neat,” we learn about the art, and medicine, and how our understanding of the body and anatomy has intersected with art over centuries.
And it’s seamless. The technology layer manages to stay out of the way when you want to just look at the art itself.
I’ve never seen an exhibit like this. I hope more museums get inspired by it.
I’ve always liked Rodin’s hand sculptures. I like them even more now.