National Museum of the American Indian Releases First Mobile Application for Landmark New York Exhibition

October 18, 2010
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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will launch its first mobile application for “Infinity of Nations,” a permanent exhibition of collection treasures on view at the museum’s Heye Center in New York City, opening Oct. 23. Representing the museum’s commitment to strengthening the Native American voice worldwide, the app is available in English and Spanish and highlights 60 objects of Native art and culture.

The “Infinity of Nations” app will be available at the iTunes App Store for free download globally. It is narrated in English by actor Wes Studi (Cherokee) and offers a tour of the exhibition organized by regional sections. Instead of a number-code system, visitors will be able to move through the exhibition via maps and object drawings and select highlighted works. It is the first mobile app for the museum and the first bilingual mobile app by the Smithsonian Institution.

Museum visitors can also borrow free players at the museum to use the app.

“Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collection of the National Museum of the American Indian” will open in New York City Saturday, Oct. 23. A comprehensive exhibit that encompasses Native cultures, traditions and art, it includes some 700 works and spans the hemisphere, from prehistory to the present day.

The “Infinity of Nations” mobile app was sponsored by Barbara and James Block.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York, the George Gustav Heye Center, is located at One Bowling Green in New York City, across from Battery Park. The museum is free and open every day (except Dec. 25) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursdays until 8 p.m. For information, call (212) 514-3700 or visit www.americanindian.si.edu.

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