WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - Dec 4, 2014) - MapHook, developer of social discovery and location-based applications, today announced its partnership with the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) for its upcoming landmark exhibition, Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea. In conjunction with the physical exhibition, MapHook is providing online interactive mapping services that will enable global audiences to trace the route of the exhibition works arriving from major international locations and learn about their history.
NMWA has organized an extensive and extraordinary exhibition, featuring more than 60 masterworks from major museums, churches and private collections from Europe and the U.S., depicting the iconic image of the Virgin Mary. The collection of paintings, sculptures and textiles have been divided into six themes, such as "Madonna and Child" and "Woman and Mother." Each week a new thematic section of artwork was added to an interactive map via MapHook, enabling viewers to see the many depictions of the Virgin Mary. Whether it's experiencing Mary as she was envisioned by Botticelli or Tiepolo or another renowned artist, viewers can use the technology and mapping services provided by MapHook to pinpoint the origins of these masterpieces and gain an appreciation for the style and context of each piece.
"We're honored to partner with NMWA and help bring an engaging and interactive experience to so many historically significant depictions of Mary," said Dr. Paul Carter, President of MapHook. "Many of these works have never been on display in the U.S., and through MapHook's technology, visitors are able to trace each one's extraordinary journey to the museum. Whether it was from the Vatican Museums or the Musée du Louvre, each piece has a story to tell as it makes its way to Washington, D.C." he added.
"NMWA is grateful for the generous assistance of Rose and Paul Carter and the MapHook team, and we are excited about this collaboration. We feel this site will really raise awareness about our new Picturing Mary exhibition through fun, innovative technology," said NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling. "Not only can online visitors learn more about the great artworks in the show, but they can also share them on social media through this advanced platform."
The exhibition officially opens at the museum on December 5, 2014; however, the public was offered a sneak peek of these masterworks by visiting MapHook's interactive map on NMWA's website at http://nmwa.org/meetmary.
MapHook's mobile app helps people find, tell and share activities around them. A new version of the app was released earlier this year and includes up-to-date location-related information from popular sources including Yahoo, Twitter, Yelp, Wikipedia, Foursquare and Groupon, making places of interest, famous locations, events, pop culture and news trends, and other nearby content, easily accessible in one app based on a user's location. MapHook also develops custom, curated maps for the arts and business communities including projects with the National Portrait Gallery, World Wildlife Fund and the Prince's Charities.
MapHook is a software applications development firm based in Dulles, Virginia. The MapHook app is a location-based social discovery app that empowers users to find, learn and share real-time, curated information about the places, events and trends near and important to them. For more information, please visit www.maphook.com, Facebook or Twitter.
National Museum of Women in the Arts
NMWA is located at 1250 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., in a landmark building near the White House. It is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for visitors 65 and over and students, and free for NMWA Members and youth 18 and under. Free Community Days are on the first Sunday of the month. For more information, call 202-783-5000 or visit nmwa.org, Broad Strokes Blog, Facebook or Twitter.