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Non-Reflective Update: Russia

I had the best of intentions to blog regularly about my trip to this part of the world, but the long intense days have gotten the better of me so far. I also had blogging duties over at the Museums, Politics and Power blog, so please check out there for tri-lingual reporting on that tri-national conference in St. Show More Summary

Celebrate ARR Favorite Holiday at Mixers & Elixirs: Talk Like a Pirate Day

18 hours agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Aye, we be fast approchin’ arrr favorite holiday and yours – Talk Like a Pirate Day! Get your bearings buccaneers and set sail for the Houston Museum of Natural Science where spirits and booty abound with live music to boot. … Continue reading ?

Lunder Conservation Center: Revealing A Drawing Through Preservation

yesterdayArts / Museums : Eye Level

Our art conservators discovered a drawing on the back of a William H. Johnson artwork during the conservation process.

Beauty, the Sublime and Darwin: Exploring the “sheer poetry” of field biology with Dr. Harry Greene

The diversity of life on Earth is under serious threats from multiple human-related causes. Science plays well-known roles in addressing management aspects of this problem.  Dr. Harry W. Greene, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Cornell University, wants us … Continue reading ?

Leveraging Technology for Connection

As Sara mentioned in her previous posts, we’ve been careful in this project to let visitor need pave the way toward an idea. It was...

The Sketch Artist: Paul Clipson’s REEL

Judy Bloch on movie love masquerading as obsessive duty in REEL, a book from filmmaker, and longtime SFMOMA projectionist, Paul Clipson. The tiny 35mm film frame (twenty-four pass by per second), in its singularity, evokes all of the big screen’s satisfying fullness. No small screen (say, television or computer) can hope to equal this lovely, fractal […]

Looking for Inspiring Examples from Unlikely Suspects? Check These Out.

2 days agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

How do you find fresh and inspiring resources in your field?This is a tricky question in the nonprofit arts world--and probably in every field. There are some industry blogs and twitter feeds. There are some good conferences. There are some useful research papers. Show More Summary

Mean green flying machines: the hummingbirds are here!

2 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

What was that high pitched chirping and flash of iridescent green that just whizzed past at lightning speed? You just got buzzed by a hummingbird! The fall migration is passing through Houston, and these feisty little birds seem to be … Continue reading ?

Piloting a Future Visitor Experience

A series of internal meetings got us set on the path for this project, but we wanted to test it with our visitors. To do...

Artist Lilly Martin Spencer

3 days agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Erin Benz interned at American Art's Luce Foundation Center this summer. While here, she took the time to write about one of her favorite artists in our collection, Lilly Martin Spencer.

Gamers Unite: See how you’d fare in battle with Battleship Texas at HMNS 9/20 and 11/11

3 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

This post was written by guest blogger Andy Bouffard, Wargame Facilitator. “To a wargamer, wargames are not abstract, time-wasting pastimes, like other games, but representative of the real… You can learn something from wargames; indeed, in some ways you can learn … Continue reading ?

BOOM! Turfing Against the World

  In 2010, the annual juried show at Southern Exposure was titled BOOM! Thinking back on it now, I love that curator Astria Suparak called it BOOM! It was a little melodramatic for a few rooms of generally non-explosive works of art, but prescient in a way. BOOM! – the beat comes in and everybody […]

Luce Artist Talks: Emily Francisco

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

You've heard of landscapes and cityscapes, but how about soundscapes? DC-based artist Emily Francisco creates these immersive audio environments and she'll talk about her recent work when she kicks off the Luce Foundation Center's fall Artist Talks series this Sunday, September 14 at 1:30 p.m.

Seven chihuahuas who just found out World Trekkers: Mexico is tomorrow night at HMNS

Friday, September 12 we’re heading south of the border for World Trekkers: Mexico! From vibrant music to stunning vistas, ancient ruins to delectable treats, Mexico’s rich history and cultural traditions have won the world over and now you can experience … Continue reading ?

Taking Assumptions with a Grain of Salt

As Shelley introduced in her last post, we have the very ambitious goal of overhauling our visitor experience through an initiative funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies...

Throwback Thursday: Han's Hofmann's Fermented Soil

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

Fermented Soil by Hans Hofmann contains such fresh joy and vigor it is hard to believe it was painted by a man in his mid-eighties. It swings like a jazz sextet.

But What About Quality?

last weekArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Scene: a regional workshop on arts engagement. A funder is speaking with conviction about the fact that her foundation is focusing their arts grantmaking strategy on engagement. Engaging new people. Engaging more diverse people. Engaging people actively in the arts. Show More Summary

From Public Library to Public Gallery, Marvin Beerbohm's Automotive Industry Mural is Reinstalled

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

The polished machinery featured in Marvin Beerbohm's "Automotive Industry" mural will be shimmering a little brighter now that the mural has been treated by the American Art Museum's conservation department. The mural, which was previously located in Detroit's Public Library, was recently installed in the museum's first floor.

Visitor Powered Technology to Create a Responsive Museum

We are incredibly excited that Bloomberg Philanthropies has funded a three-year initiative as part of Bloomberg Connects and it gives us the opportunity to significantly improve...

Art at the ‘cutting’ edge: Cross-section sampling of paintings

Last month, I led a handful of members of the IMA’s Second Century Society through a special behind-the-scenes workshop in my laboratory exploring the practice of cross-section sampling in conservation science. A cross-section is a miniscule sample cut from an artwork so as to contain all the layers of the painting – from the topmost […]

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