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Wildlife Photographer of the Year Arrives at HMNS on January 27!

1 hour agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

 Now in its fifty-second year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the international leader of innovative visual representation in the natural world. This prestigious competition and resulting exhibition, opening at the Houston Museum of Natural Science Jan. Show More Summary

Monday Museum Fact

4 hours agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  Archaeologist have identified “transgender” coffins. In eras of economic hardship, coffins would be reused by basically taking the original mummy out, laying it aside, and putting someone else in. If the new occupant was a different sex from the original, artists would alter the coffin, taking off beards and adding or subtracting breasts so […]

Reflections on Modernity

My home in Detroit is a one-bedroom apartment in a twenty-two-story structure designed by German architect Mies van der Rohe. This structure (along with several other parcels) was part of the first urban renewal project in America. The neighborhood, Lafayette Park, is now a historical landmark. In his designs, van der Rohe imagined structures that... More

HMNS Weekly Happenings

5 hours agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Lecture – Field Guide to Prehistoric Mammals by Donald Prothero     Complete with full-color reconstructions of the beasts–many never before depicted–along with photographs of amazing fossils from around the world, Dr. Donald Prothero will take us on a journey to the Paleocene, 65 million years ago after the mass extinction of the dinosaurs. Here […]

Dreader than dread

    Ever since November 9th, I have been living in a state of dread, a low-level, perpetual state of being anxious and worrying about the future, and with good reason. A man who couldn’t even run his own “empire” is now going to run this country. This man is a bully, a thin-skinned sexist... More

Mapping Texas!

  Texas is a state with a real personality. She is a larger than life character, recognizable across the world. No matter where you go, if you say you are from Texas, people will know exactly what you are referring to.  Texas is America’s Han Solo, John Wayne, and Indiana Jones all rolled into one. […]

Seeing Things (17): Art and Healing

3 days agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

This is the seventeenth in a series of personal observations about how people experience and explore museums. Take a look at Howard's other blog posts about seeing things in a museum.

State of the Unions

CLR: Covert Drone War “Women Like Me” On the Everyday Life of Others Speakeasies and Artists Warehouses: A Tale of Two Oaklands Intellectuals for Trump • GMA: Queer Nation Manifesto The Alcatraz Proclamation A New Declaration of Independence White Purity Pink White House Just Seeds Activist Image Toolbox • JGF: “Poem of Commitment” The R.F.... More

What In The World Are They Doing? Visions Of The Black Drink

3 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  When people walk through our permanent exhibit halls, sometimes they come upon an object that makes them think “what in the world are they doing?“. It can be two fossilized skeletons posed in an unusual arrangement, or an artifact with a strange ritual depicted on it. This article is the second in a weekly […]

post retro

Starting on December 9, for a period of four weeks, the museum will host “Retrospective,” an exhibition within the biennial’s exhibition conceived by Xavier Le Roy as a choreography of actions by fifteen Taiwanese performers in situations that investigate various experiences of the present as a composition of several times coexisting in the same time... More

Abraham Thomas: New Curator-in-Charge at SAAM's Renwick Gallery

5 days agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Abraham Thomas recently joined the museum's staff as The Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator-in-Charge at the Renwick Gallery. Thomas writes about the intersection of American craft, the Renwick, and his interests.

Two Opportunities at the MAH: MuseumCamp and an Incredible Job

5 days agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Dear Museum 2.0 friends,I want to share two great opportunities to get involved at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in 2017.1. APPLY TO MUSEUMCAMP.Each summer, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History hosts MuseumCamp, a professional...Show More Summary

My Life as a Wave

In a poem that begins, “He thought there would be limits and that it would stop him,” I read the following: “From time to time the ocean swirled up through the eye of a rock and taught him limits. Throwing itself backward, singing and sucking, no teacher, only its violent self, the Pacific, dialectical waters... More

HMNS Outreach is Building a Better World—Literally!

  Education is our primary mission at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and we are committed to providing high-quality scientific experiences to children everywhere through our Outreach Programs. After all, the future scientists and engineers of the world are … Continue reading ?

#CitizenScience – Join our Butterfly Experiment!

Have you seen a numbered butterfly in the Cockrell Butterfly Center today? We’re doing a longevity study to see how long the butterflies in our center are living. If you see a butterfly with a number on it, snap a … Continue reading...

Folk and Self-Taught Art, Now in the Luce Center

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

SAAM's open storage Luce Foundation Center is by no means a static place. With a calendar full of public programs and one of the most Instagrammable spaces in the city (we may be biased), you can see how the space is constantly changing in our folk and self-taught art cases.

Arts Advocacy After Ghost Ship: Mutual Aid and Brazen Ignorance

To neighbors, the informal artist colony and underground venue known as Ghost Ship was a blemish or a curiosity — a source of late-night noise and decorative clutter on the periphery of East Oakland’s predominantly Latino Fruitvale district. A mural on the car-stereo shop next door depicts a street sign for adjacent East 14th, the... More

What in the World Are They Doing?: Egyptian Sacrifice Revealed

  When people think of sacrifice, they think of blood, guts, fire and altars. But that isn’t always the case. Although in some cultures sacrifice involves the ritual killing of animals or even people on holy spots, for many other … Continue reading ?

A surprise

Begin part 1 (of 4)   Apologies in advance: these are a few random limbs of a longer project. Initially planned to focus on ghosts and ghost stories in fiction, but the project has strayed and I fear will continue to do so. 5. Block Mental torpor. Staring at the page, drawing up another browser over... More

Gene Davis: The Cool Guy of Hot Beat

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

ene Davis, a journalist before he was a painter, knew the power of words. He spoke his wise and sometimes ornery mind, aware of the momentary impact and the eventual documentation of his life and career. This explains why his own bon mots (not the curators') flank most of the 15 paintings—all permutations of the stripe—in Gene Davis: Hot Beat, on view through April 2.

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