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Questions From A Perceptive Third Grader

2 hours agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

As planetarium astronomer, my job includes fielding astronomy related questions from the public.  A couple of weeks ago, I received in the mail several perceptive questions from Madison, a third grader in Lawrence, Kansas.  After answering them, I realized that the answers, and the questions that elicited them,  might benefit many of our BEYONDbones readers. […]

Our Spring Plant Sale Sprouts This Saturday, April 1st!

21 hours agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

By Theresa Freiburger, Cockrell Butterfly Center Horticulturalist and Greenhouse Manager     It’s that time of year again! The Cockrell Butterfly Center is having its annual SPRING PLANT SALE on April 1, 2017 at 9am. As usual, it will be located on the 7th floor of the parking garage at the Houston Museum of Natural […]

What is SPARK?

21 hours agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  At the Autism Center at Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH), we collaborate on several research protocols. The latest of these research initiatives is called SPARK (Simons Foundation Powering Autism for Knowledge). What makes SPARK different from other autism research studies is that SPARK will be the largest national autism research initiative ever even attempted, bringing […]

HMNS Weekly Happenings

21 hours agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  Lecture – Morituri te salutant: Life and Death in the Arena by Dirk Van Tuerenhout With roots going back to Ancient Greek history, the institution of Roman gladiators is one of the better known aspect of Ancient Roman society. HMNS curator of anthropology Dr. Dirk Van Turenhout will address their story, going beyond the […]

Dog Science: How Our Furry Friends Are More Than Just Good Company

21 hours agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  By Jessi Green, Online Media Manager at HMNS   Image courtesy of Pixabay   Yesterday was National Puppy Day, and here at HMNS, we love our dogs. Even though our furry friends can’t accompany us to work (too many distracting bones in the Paleontology Hall), HMNS employees love to talk about our dogs. We […]

Ryders on the Storm: Celebrating the Art of Albert Pinkham Ryder

21 hours agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Before Betsy Broun retired from the helm of the Smithsonian American Art Museum last fall, she gave a talk where she revealed her top ten works (ok, seventeen works) of art in the collection, beginning with Albert Pinkham Ryder's Jonah. Ryder, who died one hundred years ago today, was an artist close to Broun's heart and the subject of a book she published in 1989.

Introducing Abbott Square Part 4: The Most Important Question to Ask in a Capital Campaign

22 hours agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

This is the fourth in a series of posts on the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH)'s development of Abbott Square, a new creative community plaza in downtown Santa Cruz.When you embark on a big capital campaign for a community project, don’t ask how much the project will cost. Show More Summary

The Renwick Gallery and the Space in Between

6 days agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

For more than a year, Janet Echelman's woven sculpture 1.8 Renwick has beckoned people into the Grand Salon. Suspended high above, the billowing nets transform the space. At once an artwork and an experience, people walk around the room as colors projected on the hand-knotted nets shift, or stretch out on the floor for a new view and a moment of peace.

Art Conservation: Stretching a Very Large Gene Davis Painting

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

As often as art conservators do a standard treatment on a work of art in our collection, there is always an opportunity to learn a new approach to solving a challenging task. In the case of Gene Davis: Hot Beat (closing April 2, 2017),...Show More Summary

A Small Piece of the Big Picture: IMLS and Local Communities

The new administration's budget which proposes the total elimination of funds for NEA, NEH and IMLS (the Institute of Museum and Library Services) got me thinking about my role as a Museum Assessment Program (known as MAP and administered by the American Alliance of Museums) reviewer. Show More Summary

Introducing Abbott Square Part 3: Community Participation Builds a Community Plaza

last weekArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

This is the second installation in a series of posts on the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH)'s development of Abbott Square, a new creative community plaza in downtown Santa Cruz. When we first started talking about redeveloping Abbott Square as a community plaza for downtown Santa Cruz, we ran into some basic questions. Show More Summary

Don’t Touch Me! Seven Native Texas Bugs That Should Not Be Handled.

Here at the Cockrell Butterfly Center, we make every effort to inspire wonder and interest in the natural world — especially in the under-appreciated area of insects and their relatives. Butterflies are a great ambassador for the insect world since they tend to be admired by most people. Many other insects rouse feelings of fear […]

Martha Graham and Isamu Noguchi: Cave of the Heart Dance Performance

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Over the course of half a century, Noguchi and Graham closely collaborated on numerous set designs for her groundbreaking modern dances. They held each other in the highest regard—Noguchi once said, "I felt that I was an extension of Martha and that she was an extension of me," while Graham described sharing "an unspoken language" with the sculptor.

Introducing Abbott Square Part 2: Why We're Expanding in Public Space - and Why You Should Consider It Too

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

This is the second installation in a series of posts on the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH)'s development of Abbott Square, a new creative community plaza in downtown Santa Cruz.The MAH fundamentally has two jobs: we bring art and history out into our community, and we invite our community in. Show More Summary

New Special Exhibition at HMNS – Vanishing Arts: Highlights from the Beasley-Hwang Collection

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Opening March 24 – FREE for Members Over a period of several decades, two medical doctors studied Hepatitis B in Asia. This husband and wife team, Dr. Palmer Beasley and Dr. Lu Yu Hwang, took advantage of their travels abroad to collect artifacts wherever they went. Sadly, Dr. Beasley passed away in 2012, and the […]

HMNS Weekly Happenings

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

St. Patrick’s Day Mixers & Elixirs                   It’s your lucky day! Mixers & Elixirs is kicking off with our first St. Patrick’s Day Mixer.  Follow the rainbow to HMNS and shamrock and roll this St. Patrick’s Day at the smartest social scene in town. Doors open at […]

Your Spring Break Guide for a Fossil-filled Visit to HMNS

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Looking for something to do over spring break? Well, we have some dino-mite options for you! We have extended Hours During Spring Break: HMNS Hermann Park (March 11-19) – Monday-Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. HMNS at Sugar Land (March 13-17) – Monday-Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  George Observatory: Will be open Tuesday, March […]

Surprising Facts About Gladiators And An Announcement

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

    Our new special exhibition Gladiators: Heroes Of The Colosseum opens for members tomorrow, March 10th and to the public on Monday, March 13th! In preparation for the opening of the exhibit, we’ve been doing tons of research on ideas to blog about, and today we will present some of the most unexpected facts uncovered […]

Movies at SAAM Continues This Spring

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

From March to May, "Movies at SAAM" will screen five eye-opening films about American art. All films will be shown on selected Saturdays at the museum's McEvoy Auditorium, beginning at 3 p.m.

International Treasure Trove Discovered Right Here At The Cockrell Butterfly Center! (Kind of….)

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

                When we work in the Cockrell Butterfly Center, we often talk to guests from many different countries around the world, but most of the time there is no way for us to know just how far our patrons have come. Recently we got a glimpse into the travels of our patrons in […]

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