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VERTIGO Obsession Pt. 2: The Judy Room

Forgive me, readers, for I have sinned. My last post was over two years ago. You find me still obsessed over the subject of that post, the artwork Vertigo, by Alfred Hitchcock, which in recent years has come to be considered the Greatest Film Ever Made. “Stand in line,” you say? Yes, there are all […]

Female Leaders, Ancient and Modern: Kara Cooney on Hatshepsut, gender, and power

22 hours agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

What is it that makes female power so objectionable? What about a woman leading creates hostility and mistrust? That’s the million-dollar question. Egyptologist Dr. Kara Cooney and Houston native searches for the answer in her new book, The Woman Who Would … Continue reading ?

Handpicked gems meet gold vermeil at Tummino’s Trunk Show

22 hours agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Native Texan Mirta Tummino discovered her talent for jewelry design while working for a Fortune 500 company in Chicago. Her part-time design and metalsmithing studies at the Lillstreet Art Center quickly became a passion when she started selling her one-of-a-kind designs … Continue reading ?

Luce Unplugged: 5 Questions with Fellow Creatures

yesterdayArts / Museums : Eye Level

Our last Luce Unplugged of the summer arrives next Thursday, August 6th at 6 p.m. Our featured band will be Fellow Creatures and will be co-sponsored with local music site D.C. Music Download.

Crossing Threshold: A Dance with Perception

Teresa Williams, public programs intern at the Asian Art Museum, interviews artist Sanaz Mazinani about her recently exhibited work “Threshold”. The soft murmurs of conversation faded as the dancer entered the space. After drawing the attention of her audience, Bobbi Jene Smith began to dance. Show More Summary

Draw it like you throw it

Teresa Williams, public program intern, interviews artist Erik Scollon about his work and his Artists Drawing Club project which took place at the museum, March 19, 2015. Stepping close, visitors gathered around the Korean moon jar from the Joseon dynasty.  As their eyes swept across the ceramic’s form, taking in its smooth and elegant shape, […]

Watch This: Ghosts of New York

2 days agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

The ghosts, the commuters, the visitors, the stories...they all pass across the screen in Jim Campbell's Grand Central Station #2, a poetic meditation on movement and memory. On view in the exhibition, Watch This: Revelations in Media Art, Campbell's LED-based work features shadows that move across the floor of New York's Grand Central Station.

Meditations on Relevance, Part 1: Overview

3 days agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

"We want our museum to be relevant."I've heard (and said) this many times. But what does it mean for a cultural institution to be relevant? To whom? How? Why?Relevance is relative and relational. It's the extent to which a thing is connected to something that matters.In pop culture contexts, relevance is about currency. Show More Summary

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 7/27-8/2

3 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week!  Rocket Day At The George Observatory!Saturday, August 110:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.mBring your junior … Continue reading ?

Tough Talk Part 2: Stowe Center Conversations

In my last post, I attempted to make the case (made more effectively by so many others) that museums need to become places where we can talk about tough issues. Last week, I got a chance to sit in on a Stowe Salon at Lunch, at the Harriet...Show More Summary

Wanda Hall: Being Natural

4 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The first things all visitors to the Houston Museum of Natural Science see are an 8,000-pound amethyst geode from Uruguay in the lobby and the smiling face of Wanda Hall. And she wouldn’t want it any other way. Hall has … Continue reading ?

Educator How-to: Make an Anubis mask!

5 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Anubis is the Greek name for the “jackal-headed” god associated with death and the rituals of mummification in Ancient Egypt. Anubis’ color is black, symbolizing rebirth, which parallels the belief that the deceased is, in fact, reborn in the afterlife. … Continue reading ?

New publication coming soon!Rights & Reproductions: The Handbook for Cultural Institutions

Almost two years ago, the IMA was honored to receive a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to support the creation of the new publication Rights & Reproductions: The Handbook for Cultural Institutions. Read the press release here. The Handbook will be the first comprehensive resource to focus solely […]

Air, sharks, and robots: Copywriter Jason goes to summer camp

What do you get when you throw a 30-year-old copywriter into a summer camp classroom full of 10-year-olds? A lot of weird looks and kids asking, “Miss, does he actually think he’s 10 years old? Is that why he’s here?” … Continue reading ?

Trunk Show features Masterson’s coveted glass art jewelry

Houstonian Mariquita Masterson has always had the eye of an artist. Thirty years ago, Mariquita was commissioned to design a glass table setting for an art gala. Working with the glass blower, she became fascinated with the chunks and shards of … Continue reading ?

Finding a 19th Century Shortcut: The Body Casting of Hiram Powers’ Greek Slave

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

Karen Lemmey, SAAM's sculpture curator, has organized an installation entitled Measured Perfection: Hiram Powers' Greek Slave. Powers' Greek Slave was one of the most popular sculptures of the 19th century. As part of her preparation,...Show More Summary

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 7/20-7/26

Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week!  Lecture – Speaking In Bones By Kathy ReichsTuesday, July 216:30 p.m.As a practicing forensic … Continue reading ?

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