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Smithsonian Horticulturalists Talk About American Art's Flora

yesterdayArts / Museums : Eye Level

Melanie Pyle and Joel Lemp are horticulturists with Smithsonian Gardens, and they lead tours through the garden growing in American Art's Kogod Courtyard. The natural beauty of the plants complements the art in our museum so well. This spring they...

Plant buying time!

Despite some snow early in the week spring seems to be here. On Saturday it was 77 and sunny. As sunny as the blooms on my Magnolia ‘Butterflies’. On Tuesday it was 26 and snowy. Even my blue balls were covered with it. Yup. That’s pretty much April around these parts. Wednesday morning brought upper […]

Renewals/Returns: New Life of an Old Building – Part 2

 This is Part 2 of a two-part series featuring Chris Fraser. Read Part 1 or check out his work live. MM: How did the idea develop for Renewals/Returns? CF: I’ve been preoccupied with the link between the Asian Art Museum and the Main Public Library. If you walk in and around the museum you will [...]

Break the Rules: Hands-On Tours that Really Do

In our book, Creativity in Museum Practice, Rainey and I highlight an AAM session from several years ago that asked participants to make a list of all the museum rules and then to think about how they could creatively be broken. What's...Show More Summary

Renewals/Returns: New Life of an Old Building – Part 1

Inviting Chris Fraser to participate in the Artists Drawing Club was an exciting prospect, introducing a new challenge to the series. I never know how to describe his work, besides saying that he manipulates and crafts environments, creating the right situation to make light bend to his will. So the question for me, with all [...]

Celebrate Earth Day 2014 with environmental documentary Trashed at its Houston premiere

The beauty of Earth from space stands in stark contrast to the view from the ground. There is now more human detritus across the globe than ever before. Industrialization, coupled with exponential population increases, pose a serious threat to the … Continue reading ?

Perennial Premiere prospectus

After the brutal winter Mother Nature sent us this year, I am wondering if we’ll have a Stravinsky spring! But regardless of the weather, the path to a wonderful growing season starts by attending the fifth annual expanded Perennial Premiere Plant Sale on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27. This annual salute to spring […]

The Mission School Brings Magic Energy to NYC

Finally, after endless meetings, conversations, editorial decisions, and possibly a little nail-biting, the newest incarnation of curator Natasha Boas’s Energy That Is All Around has arrived in New York City. It opens April 17th at New York University’s Grey Gallery right across the street from Washington Square Park. It’s worth mentioning that the park itself […]

Who is an Artist? On Naming and Expertise

2 days agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Rebecca sat down next to me at breakfast and asked, "How was the hike yesterday?" I replied, "Good. It was more of a walk. But it was beautiful." Her: "You're a serious hiker, right?" Me: "I guess so."This simple exchange--or one like it--happens every day. Show More Summary

Everything at HMNS is yours, Houston, so OWN IT!

3 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Texans know big. We’ve got a big state where they say everything’s bigger. Of course, there are the stereotypes about big hair, big portions, big hearts (OK, these are rooted in some truth) — but there are also a lot … Continue reading ?

Picture This: Spring, Cherry Blossoms, and Family

3 days agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

The Onoe Rye Dance group performs at our Cherry Blossom Family Day. Spring has arrived (well, I'm not sure it's made up its mind just yet). But the weather was very spring-like this last Saturday when the American Art celebrated...

Nicole Archer: Curtain Calls

Curtains gather in the margins of everyday life. They claim to be insignificant, save for those pivotal moments when they dramatically rise or fall. Yet without them, we seem to run the permanent risk of confusing all our beginnings for our ends.

Jarrett Earnest: Three Waves

Ocean waves are animated by celestial forces: pull of the moon, wind churned by the sun. Vija Celmins’s Untitled (Ocean) (1977) is a drawing not only of water, but of breeze and sunlight, too — a vignette of our planetary arrangemen...

Christian Nagler: Silicon Spring

Let's think about the desert. Place where not much seems to be happening. But we know there's actually a lot going on, right? Life is hiding, blinking, doing sweet push-ups in the shade, hot sap pulling beneath slow oceans of crust.

Dushko Petrovich: Emigre

Emigre was initially a magazine about actual émigrés. Very few people remember it that way, but the revolutionary design publication actually was founded by immigrants — including husband-and-wife duo Rudy VanderLans and Zuzana Licko...Show More Summary

Maria Popova: Against Interpretation

“It’s only when the heart begins to beat wildly and without pattern — when it begins to realize its boundlessness — that its newly adamant pulse bangs on the walls of its cage and is bruised by its enclosure.” - Kay Larsen

A total eclipse over Houston: What color was last night’s ‘blood Moon’?

3 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

I hope you saw the eclipse last night and didn’t lose too much sleep. The weather was perfect and the Moon performed as predicted. The press excitedly dubbed it a ‘blood Moon,’ but we didn’t know what color the Moon … Continue readi...

Stay up late for a great cosmic show: The first eclipse of April 2014 is tonight!

4 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Don’t forget: there’s a lunar eclipse tonight! The eclipse will begin shortly before midnight and continue until 4:30 in the morning on April 15. You’ll be able to see the eclipse from just about everywhere in Houston, but especially well … Continue reading ?

Creating an Autoportrait: Marc Anderson

Obscured beneath the simple words, numbers, shapes, and colors found in much of Robert Indiana’s work are essential memories and symbols of the artist’s life. Indiana’s visual vocabulary is encrypted with personal symbolism. This is particularly evident in his long series of Autoportraits. To complement The Essential Robert Indiana, on view through May 4, the IMA invites […]

Huh? Nope, it’s Heh: How the Egyptians measured time and thought about eternity

6 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The week is finally over! While only five days long, the workweek can certainly feel like an eternity. Which got me thinking (as many things do) about how the Egyptians measured time and thought about eternity. Barely an inch in … Continue reading ?

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