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Explore Smithsonian American Art Museum Exhibition, Now Live in Virtual Reality


Intel, Smithsonian American Art Museum and Sansar Partnership Enables
Anyone, Anywhere to Virtually Experience Iconic Museum Collections,
Research, and Education Resources

The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) exhibition, No
Spectators: The Art of Burning Man
, is now available in
virtual reality through Sansar, the premier destination for social VR.
Powered by Intel technology, this recently
announced partnership
will make iconic artwork more accessible and
interactive through virtual reality.

In embarking on this partnership, SAAM is doing its part to help achieve
the Smithsonian's ambitious goal: expand the reach of the Institution's
collections to a billion people, in just five years' time. This means
making its museums' objects available to the public across a wider range
of mediums, including immersive domains like virtual reality - Sansar's
specialty, and a major area for Intel innovation.

"Intel empowers the creator to take their work to the next level," said
Raj Puran, director of immersive technology business development at
Intel. "Technology has the potential to achieve new goals and ambitions
for museums and galleries. Immersive technologies, like virtual reality,
unlock new and exciting ways to experience art and exhibitions. Fans can
now check out the No Spectators collection from their own home. Without
Intel's high-performance processors, these experiences would not be

Thanks to Intel's advanced data-processing technology and Sansar's
social VR platform, the Smithsonian has been able to accelerate the
digital 3D capture, preservation, and distribution of artifacts in its
collections, so that students, educators, and the broader public can
virtually access and engage with the museum's collections from anywhere
in the world. It's an entirely new kind of viewing experience, and one
sure to transform every aspect of the museum business, from the creation
to the consumption of educational content.

"I don't fear technology usurping the importance of art and museums,"
says Stephanie Stebich, The Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the
Smithsonian American Art Museum. "I think technology can make museums
and their collections even more inclusive, approachable, and dynamic."

"With Sansar, we hope not only to make the museum experience more
accessible, but to also empower people to curate experiences of their
own and share their unique perspectives with the world," says Jason
Gholston, Head of Sansar Studios. "We're thrilled to be supporting this
transformation of art and education, and we're excited to find
forward-thinking partners in Intel and the Smithsonian."

The first release in this partnership with the Smithsonian features the
large-scale artworks assembled for the exhibition, No Spectators: The
Art of Burning Man, on view for a limited time at SAAM's Renwick
Gallery. No Spectators captures the spirit of creativity and
community, and has been digitized through hours of careful laser
scanning and photogrammetry. Starting today, anyone with a link to the
Sansar experience will be able to virtually view, access, and interact
with the collection in its entirety, as if they were standing in the
galleries themselves.

"This is an innovative new way to access educational content from the
Smithsonian American Art Museum, and to preserve art for future
generations," concludes Jason. "We're democratizing the museum
experience one exhibition at a time."

Experience "No Spectators" in Sansar today.

About Linden Lab

Linden Lab develops platforms that empower people to create, share, and
benefit from virtual experiences. Founded in 1999, the company first
launched Second
, the groundbreaking virtual world enjoyed by millions around
the globe, in 2003, which has since gone on to boast nearly two billion
user creations and a vibrant $500 million (USD) economy. The company
further expanded its portfolio in 2013 with Blocksworld,
a lighthearted build-and-play system, and in 2017 with the public beta
of Sansar,
a free platform making social VR more accessible and immersive,
available on Windows PCs and compatible with HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
For more about Linden Lab, its products, and career opportunities, visit
its website.

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About the Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Smithsonian American Art Museum celebrates the vision and creativity
of Americans with artworks in all media spanning more than four
centuries. Its National Historic Landmark building is located at Eighth
and F streets N.W. Museum hours are 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily (closed
Dec. 25). The Renwick Gallery is the Smithsonian American Art Museum's
branch for contemporary craft and decorative arts. The Renwick is
located on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W. and is open daily
from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25).

Admission is free. Follow the museum on Twitter,
and YouTube.
Museum information (recorded): (202) 633-7970. Smithsonian information:
(202) 633-1000. Website:

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