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"Movies at SAAM" Series Continues

yesterdayArts / Museums : Eye Level

Continue with us on our summer journey through art history at our Movies at SAAM series.

“They’re Here!” San Francisco’s INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1978)

Last night’s viewing, in a slightly faded but still excellent 35mm print, at Alamo Drafthouse New Mission, was Philip Kaufman’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978). Don’t even know where to begin here. It had been some time since I’d seen it, but had to go, ’cause: the 70s. Right? I actually saw it opening week, I... More

A Study in Patience

Written by Jack Alger, HMNS Paleontology Intern This summer I bring dimetrodons back to life. No, life has not found a way, I’m not extracting DNA from inclusions found in amber; I work in the Houston Museum of Natural Science … Continue reading ?

The pleasurable things always get delayed

Last February, Open Space saw its first major changing of the guard when, after ten years at SFMOMA — eight of them founding and running this site — Suzanne Stein left the museum. Claudia La Rocco succeeded her as the platform’s editor-in-chief after 15 years spent mostly freelancing in New York. We didn’t know each... More

Our home is the Internet.

It was 2008, and you were probably on Myspace. Millions of us were captivated by this platform before the iPhone was even a concept. Then there was Facebook, which was cool for a while until us twentysomethings turned to Tumblr. Now, we’re teetering between Twitter and Instagram at any given point during the day. When... More

Paradise is Exactly Like Where You Are Right Now

Chris Kallmyer’s A Paradise Choir asks museum-goers to listen to the new SFMOMA. In a four week residency, moving and sited “choirs” provide different sound experiences — from percussion strikes to Gospel music — in galleries and public spaces. If museums aim to sharpen our eyes, A Paradise Choir, heightening an interest of the new... More


Smart people: What’s on their minds, bookshelves, browsers; what inspires, attracts, or distracts them?

Vermilioned Nothingness

“A vermilioned nothingness, any stick of the mass Of which we are too distantly a part.”                                      (Wallace Stevens)   Arriving in San Francisco, the plane intently lowers down. Redwood City’s white salt pile appears. Pink and rose... More

A conversation with Mike Kuchar

I first met Mike Kuchar in 2011 when I visited the apartment he had shared with his late twin brother George. It was a studio visit with my friends Margaret Tedesco and Patrick Jackson. The space was filled with paintings, books, and photographs — memorabilia from decades of filmmaking. Statuary was everywhere: lawn ornaments, Greek... More

A Profile, A Posture, Not Quite a Person

I was standing in front of the building, smoking. She was with a few friends, and seemed to be in a rush. I didn’t get a good look. Whatever I did see, I wanted to see again — even from a distance, no matter how blurry or how brief. I turned to look through the... More

Editor’s Note

So, last night, Open Space threw a little summer party at The Lab. It was an occasion to gather with friends and collaborators, to celebrate our first year post-relaunch, and especially to pay tribute to our contributors. A time to make merry. The party was planned before the rampage in Orlando, before the killings of... More

It Was Never Simple

Bill Cunningham’s document of Charles James with model Juan Hernandez, rather than exposing any certainty about so-called identity, demonstrates a few of the nacreous, late-night negotiations of desire and difference. Cunningham wasShow More Summary

Fabulous Italian Labels

I saw some amazing labels in Milan, Italy. No, not the ones you expect, like Prada or Gucci, but real, live terrific museum texts. In general, I've found that Italian museum labels are pretty bad--either containing the barest amount of text or deep into theoretical knowledge that the average museum-goer can't penetrate. Show More Summary

Q and Art: Viola Frey

3 days agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

This post is part of an ongoing series on Eye Level: Q and Art, where American Art's Research department brings you interesting questions and answers about art and artists from our archive. This week: sculptor Viola Frey.

Butterfly Chrysalises

3 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The chrysalis can be considered the most mysterious stage in the metamorphosis of a butterfly. Chrysalises are the pupal form of the butterfly that follows directly after the larval (caterpillar) stage. Chrysalises are often mistakenly referred to as “cocoons.” Cocoons are actually … Continue reading ?

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 7/25-7/31

4 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Last week’s featured #HMNSBlockParty creation is by Brianna (age: 8):  Want to get your engineering handwork featured? Drop by our Block Party interactive play area and try your own hand building a gravity-defying masterpiece. Tag your photos with #HMNSBlockParty. Behind-the-Scenes … Continue reading ?

What Does Audience-Centered Look Like? It Looks like Glasgow Museums.

last weekArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

When we say we want our museum to be "audience-centered," what do we mean?Over the past decade, I've seen two distinct versions of this term: the user-centered museum, in which visitors are active participants, invited to contributeShow More Summary

Summer Trunk Shows: A Touch of Sparkle from Lankford and Tummino

One of our favorite things about summer has arrived — Summer Trunk Shows! This year we’re keeping it simple and local, featuring Rebecca Lankford July 22 and Mirta Tummino on Aug. 5, both from 12 to 4 p.m. Locally-renowned Houston artist Rebecca … Continue reading ?

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