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Reenvisioned Galleries of Folk and Self-Taught Art

5 hours agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

The Smithsonian American Art Museum's ground floor galleries of Folk and Self-Taught Art reopen today with a compelling, new installation that features more than 120 objects, including 59 new acquisitions. These include works by artists such as Emery Blagdon, Ralph Fasanella, Clementine Hunter, Eddy Mumma, and Achilles Rizzoli. Show More Summary


Today's guest post is by Caren Ponty, a former student of mine in the Johns Hopkins University Museum Studies Program. She brings a wealth of experience from her career in community development, a perspective that inform her reflections on several efforts, on both sides of the Atlantic, to re-contextualize museum collections. Show More Summary

Your Words Here.

Last July, we put out an open call, requesting “a word, phrase, or sentence for a poster that can be used by anyone, be it for a march, to tape to a window, stick in a cubicle, or hand out on the streets.” We wanted to recognize and respond to the turmoil and tensions that abound locally,... More

Throwback Thursday: Art Critic Adam Gopnik on What Makes American Art American

yesterdayArts / Museums : Eye Level

During this election season, Americans have been debating what it means to be American. So, it's fitting to consider what is American about American art. In October 2012, Adam Gopnik, writer for The New Yorker, spoke about this as part of SAAM's Clarice Smith Lecture series.

Dead Things That Might Be Under Your House!

The line between hallowed ground and home is a thin one in Houston. Our city isn’t exactly known for the preservationist spirit of its citizens, and looking out your window at skyscrapers or suburban expanses, you may not see any … Continue reading ?

Part 2 :: Rickey ‘n Dickey

Lime Rickey International…noise…nation. Poet James Dickey wrote “Strength of Fields” for the inauguration of Jimmy Carter in 1977. Tell me in a voice the sea          Would have, if it had not a better one: as it lifts,           Hundreds...Show More Summary

Guess This Sound!

3 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

You guys have penchant for answering the riddles we pose on social media faster than greased lightning, so we thought we would crank up the difficulty level. And in honor of the month of Halloween, our challenges will all have … Continue reading ?

Swifter than eagles! Stronger than lions!

4 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, 1971; AOL Time Warner Nope, not the Hsawaknow but extraordinary beasts instead, arising from where the fantastical and the wondrous collide.   Some animals are so exotic that their initial discovery is difficult … Continue reading ?


I always knew of my heritage that traces back through time to the Native people of the Monterey area. But I didn’t grow up with the songs, stories, or baskets of my Rumsen Ohlone ancestors. By the time I was born, in 1949, these things had essentially vanished, a result of the Spanish missions and... More

HMNS Weekly Happenings

4 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

BTS – Mummies of the World: The Exhibition   Mummies of the World: The Exhibition presents a collection of mummies from Europe, South America and ancient Egypt-some 4,500 years old.   Go behind-the-scenes and learn about mummies and mummification through … Continue reading ?

Knock Wood: The Future of Furniture is in their Hands

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

Furniture "affects every single aspect of who we are and what we do though we don't always acknowledge that," said Nora Atkinson, the Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft at the Renwick Gallery, in her introductory remarks at the recent Maloof Symposium, Furniture and the Future. Show More Summary

A new sound in town!

By Nancy Greig, Director Emeritus, Cockrell Butterfly Center As I was leaving the museum around 9 p.m. last week, after the fun “Evenings with the Owls” event at the Butterfly Center, my attention was piqued by an unfamiliar sound. It was … Continue reading ?

Gamechanging keynote for European Conference

We are pleased to announce Dr Maria Balshaw as our first keynote for MuseumNext’s European Museum Conference which will take place in Rotterdam in June 2017. The theme for MuseumNext Europe is Gamechangers and Balshaw has certainly overseen a period of immense change during her decade as Director of the Whitworth in Manchester, England. Show More Summary

Picture This: October Breezes

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

t's fall in Washington, D.C. The days are cooler, the nights cold, and the wind picks up and deposits leaves to the ground. This painting by Albert P. Lucas reminds me of the weeks that lie ahead for me.

Drawing the Curtain: New and old violence in three acts

Act I It was my first week in Mexico City and someone was screaming outside my window. At first I thought it was a drunk headed home from a nearby bar; as it grated on, I realized this was no drunk. I went to my window and saw a woman in jeans and a sweatshirt... More

What You Might Have Missed – Member Events

By Kimberley Vera, HMNS Membership Copywriter   In August and September we had plenty events to help ease your summer blues and celebrate the beginning of the fall season. Here’s a recap in case you missed out. And be on … Continue reading ?

2016 African Hall Updates

Dan Brooks, Ph.D. HMNS Curator of Vertebrate Zoology     The Frensley/Graham Hall of African Wildlife, built 2002-04 was a new variation of a common traditional theme at HMNS, in that we wanted to portray more than just the Serengeti … Continue reading ?

Elaine Heumann Gurian to give opening keynote

We are excited to announce that international museum consultant and advisor, Elaine Heumann Gurian, will be the opening keynote at our inaugural Australian Museum Conference in February 2017. Elaine is a consultant/advisor to museums, writer, and lecturer to many museum studies programs worldwide. Show More Summary

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