You can use your phone to order lunch, deposit checks, and videoconference with someone across the world. But the Phillips Collection is aiming more highbrow: The museum has launched a uCurate app that lets users arrange their own virtual art exhibitions. The app, developed in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibit “Made in the USA,” lets aspiring curators arrange 52 works from the collection as they see fit, as well as choose wall colors and add their own comments to the information panels that accompany each painting. They can then upload their gallery to the Phillips’s website to share with other art enthusiasts.
The app adds another layer to the museum’s “every piece a conversation” philosophy. “uCurate allows visitors to design their version of ‘Made in the USA’ and, like Duncan Phillips, create deeply personal displays of works that spark visual conversations,” says exhibit curator Susan Behrends Frank in a press release.
“Made in the USA,” featuring works by Alexander Calder, Richard Diebenkorn, Edward Hopper, and more, is on display until August 31, and the uCurate app is available for iPhone and Android.