When The Simpsons started in the late 1980s, very few people would’ve believed that the show could last as long as it has. Like the show or not, you can’t deny how it’s changed the way TV shows look at … Continue reading ?
I spent several great days this week at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center thinking about re-interpretation and we found this video along the way. Absolutely worth a watch as a small reminder to not take ourselves too seriously. Happy Friday!
This month, Jupiter remains well placed for evening observing all winter and spring. Look for it almost overhead at dusk and high in the west later in the evening. Mars remains in the morning sky. It continues to brighten a … Continue reading ?
Let's say you create a station where visitors contribute content. You want their stories, their feedback, their colorful drawings of the future.How do you measure success?We've started using a very simple measure: the number of people who actually respond to the prompt. Show More Summary
This is the thirteenth in a series of personal observations about how people experience and explore museums. Take a look at Howard's other blog posts about seeing things. Robert Budd's (Snowflake) This little guy, this little fellow here, and about...
Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes to you from Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, bestselling author of nine books on the emotional lives of animals. It is pretty common to hear the expression “crocodile tears” in reference to somebody who does not feel … Continue reading ?
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 […]
The installation of Usion Shinohara’s Boxing Painting, 2009, now on view in the Japanese galleries, presented unique challenges. The work is quite large (60in x 130in), and is painted on an unmounted piece of canvas. How does one convey the energy of making the piece through the presentation of the piece? The painting appears to [...]
We’ve heard the same story for years now: American students are falling behind in the sciences and becoming less competitive in the global workforce. But what can we do about it? It seems that teachers and parents can agree that … Continue reading ?
Right near the entrance to the new Contemporary Design gallery, proudly displayed is an electric typewriter, a big blue IBM Selectric II. The original Selectric was introduced in July 1961, and changed the way offices functioned until the advent of the personal computer. The industrial design is credited to Eliot Noyes. The Selectric II entered […]
ATTENTION FUTURE SPACE EXPLORERS: NASA has just discovered 715 new planets for you to study and learn. But let’s back up a second. Launched in 2009, the Kepler space observatory has been scanning the heavens for earth-like exoplanets — planets … Continue reading ?
Katie Crooks coordinates the quarterly craft program Handi-hour at the American Art Museum. Coming up: our next Handi-hour on March 6 will be a nostalgic look back at crafts from our youth. Katie demonstrates what's in store. Handi-hour, DC's premier...
It’s that time of year again: the long cold of winter is lifting, and we can see spring around the corner. Here at HMNS we ring in spring with a BLOOM — with our horticulture adult education classes. Kicking off … Continue reading ?
As most of the world now knows, the situation in Ukraine has been rapidly changing. Last week's shocking death toll has led to the disappearance of the President and other ministers, warrants for their arrest, and a new government in the making, but the situation still appears unstable. Show More Summary
Dreaming of a summer filled with learning, community engagement, and sea lions? Time to stop dreaming and start doing.This is the last week to apply for MuseumCamp 2014, a professional development experience in which diverse people from the arts, community activism, and social services will measure the immeasurable together. Show More Summary
As a child, I loved two things: dinosaurs and swords (and you can probably see why I’ve wound up at HMNS). Like many children, the movies I watched informed how I’d play – and having grown up on classics like … Continue reading ?
Programs Coordinator Alli Jessing spoke with the filmmakers of the upcoming documentary film Rubén Salazar: Man in the Middle, which tells the story of the life and death of prominent Civil Rights-era journalist Rubén Salazar, who was killed by an...
Quick: What do Texas and France have in common? Actually, I should rephrase that: Who do Texas and France have in common? The answer? Dr. Jean Clottes, a leading French prehistorian. It makes sense that a Frenchmen would love his … Continue reading ?
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 […]
There’s been a dramatic change in the Glassell Hall (also known as the old paleo hall). Many of you may have already noticed, especially those who’ve come to see Magna Carta or came to our first Mixers & Elixirs. Because … Continue reading ?