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43 minutes agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  Will Carlson! Earlier this month, we posted a picture of two 3D printed skulls and asked our readers to identify which dinosaur they belonged to for a chance to win their own copy!    This ten year old kid … Continue reading ?

Initial Sea

Women as a way to announce sound, I poured holes in the ground awaiting furtive instructions. How the occasion headlined myth in the manner of unfortunate song in the midriff of summer, I answered phones for a living and was not dead, dispensing treats by the beach, opening doors to strange directors for I had... More

Glass Gardens: Agnes Northrop Designs for Louis C. Tiffany

20 hours agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

To kick off the 2016 season of the Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art, scholar Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, brought us into the close circle of Louis Comfort Tiffany's art glass studio.

HMNS Weekly Happenings

21 hours agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Cultural Feast – Oktoberfest: The History and Science of Beer In 1810, King Ludwig I of Bavaria proclaimed that the last sixteen days of September, ending with the first full weekend in October, should be set aside for feasting and … Continue reading ?

Happy National Pancake Day Breakfast For Dinner

  In honor of National Pancake Day, A Fare Extraordinaire is celebrating with our favorite party trend – Breakfast for Dinner! Whether it’s a birthday celebration, a baby shower or intimate date night for two, we love incorporating breakfast food … Continue reading ?

Gin and Tonic and Malaria and Fluoresence

  ? At the age of 17, George Washington was diagnosed with malaria. The disease, then referred to as the “ague”, came and went over the years. Although it was known at the time that quinine was a successful treatment, … Continue reading ?

Still Good? A Museum Re-Visit

Have you ever visited a museum again after a number of years, wondering if it will still be as interesting or exciting as you thought it once was? A couple weeks ago I had the chance to revisit Plimoth Plantation, somewhere I had last visited probably twenty years ago. Show More Summary

Dino-chores at HMNS

5 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The last three evenings have been spent doing a dinosaur cleaning. Three times a year staff and volunteers give up a few of their evenings to dust the mounts in the Hall of Paleontology. We clean the mounts using a variety … Continue reading ?

SF Mixtape

The above video playlist consists of a dozen excerpts, entire short works, and archival clips, the vast majority culled from the internet with nary a password attached. In the cocktail hour preceding Ivo Dimchev’s performance of Songs from my Shows at CounterPulse, the artist’s first-ever appearance in San Francisco, this extremely small and somewhat arbitrary slice... More

Framing The Art of Romaine Brooks

5 days agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Romaine Brooks was something of an interior decorator as well as an artist. She took a lively interest in the frame designs and finishes for her artworks. Several of the paintings in the exhibition The Art of Romaine Brooks are in frames that she personally designed or that were prepared under her direction.

The Mysterious Mummies of Chile

6 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

In preparation for the opening of “Mummies of the World” at the end of this month (Member preview: Friday, 9/23, public opening at Noon on Saturday, 9/24) we will be posting a series of blogs exploring the science of mummification. … Continue reading ?

Temple Contemporary and the Puzzle of Sharing Powerful Processes

6 days agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

The first thing I noticed about Temple Contemporary were the chairs. Desk chairs and theater seats, sleek modsters and dilapidated stuffed things, a motley crew lined up on hooks around the room. They were charming, but puzzling. Looking...Show More Summary

The Man Who Predicted Our Evolutionary Future

By Scott Solomon   “It is not what man has been, but what he will be, that should interest us” – H. G. Wells On this day 150 years ago in Bromley, England, a child was born to a family … Continue reading ?

Part 1 :: Go Home

Lime Rickey International is born of noise and nation. She weeps. On 30 August 2016, Lime Rickey International performed as part of 675 AUNTS: special summer edition, held at the legendary loft of Lucy Sexton, see DANCENOISE. This was the last performance event to take place at 675 Hudson Street. Lime wore a kaftan that once belonged... More

Luce Artist Talk with Nicole Salimbene

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

Each month, the Luce Foundation Center partners with neighboring Flashpoint Gallery to bring local artists to speak about their own work and the inspiration they take from SAAM's collection. We'll kick off our fall Luce Artist Talk Series...Show More Summary

Citizen Science Saves the Day!

Just recently, our Curator of Vertebrate Zoology, Dr. Dan Brooks, co-presented a poster at the North American Ornithological Congress in Washington, DC about an invasive species of goose present in the United States. In true HMNS fashion, the study enlisted … Continue reading ?

Fanzines in Vitrines

When graduate students in curatorial studies at California College of the Arts solicited the eighth issue of NOMAG from San Francisco fanzine dealer Matt Wobensmith, he encountered a catalog conundrum. The publishers of NOMAG — an old Los Angeles tabloid with a particularly scatological understanding of punk — kept an inconsistent numbering scheme. He wondered... More


Archives belonging to the library of the Berkeley-based Iranian Students Association of Northern California (ISANC) reflect Iranian and Bay Area histories during the critical years between the CIA coup in Iran on 19 August 1953 and the aftermath of the 1979 Iranian Revolution. ISANC began its activities in 1964 as a member of the Iranian... More

HMNS Weekly Happenings:

    Mummies are coming! Our new special exhibit, Mummies of the World, opens Friday, September 23 for members and noon on Saturday, September 24 for the public! GET TICKETS HERE Described as “fascinating, intriguing, and inspiring,” by NBC, “absolutely … Continue reading ?

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