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Update: Disaster Plans for People

I wanted to update my last post about disaster plans for people as I've had great emails, great comments here, and great conversation threads on both ICOM and AAM LinkedIn groups. All you stimulated additional thinking and clarity on my part, helping to shape my upcoming presentation. Show More Summary

In this Case: Visitor's Choice #3

16 hours agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Getting to know some of our visitors was the inspiration for a new blog series, Visitor's Choice. In this series, we ask our regulars about their favorite artworks and why they like them. Since everyone has a unique relationship with art, some of the posts will be more in-depth than others, some might reflect the artist's intent, and some might have more of a personal meaning.

It’s as easy as A-B-C: Five reasons to book a back-to-school field trip this fall

2 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The beginning of the school year is lurking just around the corner … … which we love here at HMNS, where we are even more passionate about education than we are about dinosaur poop (ahem, coprolites). Our venues are chock-full of fun, … Continue reading ?

STEM & GEMS: CB&I’s Katie Balko engineers her future

4 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s Note: As part of our annual GEMS (Girls Exploring Math and Science) program, we conduct interviews with women who have pursued careers in science, technology, engineering, or math. This week, we’re featuring Katie Balko, Process Engineer at CB&I.HMNS: How old were you … Continue reading ?

Art-o-Mat Swap Meet, Take 2

4 days agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

The American Art Museum will host its second Art-o-mat® swap meet on Saturday, July 26 in collaboration with Artists in Cellophane. Artists will gather in our Luce Foundation Center from all over the country for an afternoon of meet and greets, artist demoes, and artpak making. Show More Summary

A Tale of Two Compys: What Jurassic Park got right — and wrong — about dino anatomy

5 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

OMG I was such a dino-geek in college. I had other interests — I was enraptured by sculpture and took the fabled freshman History of Art course. The collage shown here was taped together during the lectures on the Renaissance renewal … Continue reading ?

Towers of ‘taters!

You say poh-tay-toe and I say poh-tah-toe and, considering the fact that potatoes play a significant role in food supplies worldwide, there are lots of ways to say POTATO in dozens and dozens of languages! Researchers have found that the potato originated from South America. Its stellar ability to be stored long-term allowed it to […]

New Approach, Historic Mission: Remaking a Factory Museum via Community Co-Production

5 days agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Imagine a historic site. It has an incredible story. But not enough people care about it anymore, and the museum is fading into disrepair. It is losing funding, attention, and relevance.What do you do?Yesterday, I learned about the Silk Mill, a British historic site that is going through a dramatic community-driven reinvention. Show More Summary

Clear Choices in Tagging

Remember my post on Social Change? We’ve been evaluating our digital projects with a careful eye toward what’s working and what isn’t.  At this juncture,...

Q and Art: Just Looking

6 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. Edward Hopper's Cape Cod Morning Question: In Edward...

Finding the flora and fauna: Butterfly Center staff conduct a BioBlitz in Memorial Park

Editor’s Note: The term “BioBlitz” was first coined in 1996 for intense attempts to record all the flora and fauna within a designated area. National Geographic, which has partnered with parks around the country for various BioBlitzes, describes them as … Continue reading ?

Michael Arcega’s “Rerereading Arrangements” Scores the Museum

When I conceived of the Artists Drawing Club series, Michael Arcega was one of the first artists I envisioned working with to create an event. Rarely have I looked at an artwork and thought, “Wow, what a wicked sense of humor!” I think it is something I have experienced a total of three times in [...]

The Golden Age anew: The IMA’s Dutch and Flemish gallery reinstalled

On July 18, the newly reinstalled gallery of Dutch and Flemish painting opens to the public. The Northern baroque paintings are one of the strengths of the IMA’s collection, and it is with pride that the IMA presents some of its most popular paintings – such as Aelbert Cuyp’s Valkhof at Nijmegen and Jan Miense […]

Do Museums Need Disaster Plans for People?

Any museum worth its salt has a disaster plan somewhere (hopefully somewhere easy to find). It probably has information about contacting emergency services; what happens to objects in collections storage and the safe evacuation of staff and visitors. Show More Summary

HOW-TO: Make your own super last-minute superhero costume for our Comic-Con Mixers & Elixirs

Need a last-minute costume for our Comic-Con mixer on July 18? No problem! As a connoisseur of procrastination myself, I know that waiting until the last minute to prepare a costume can be as stressful as it is a unique … Continue reading ?

Luce Unplugged Showcase: (Almost) Five Questions with Chris Taylor of Pygmy Lush

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

Just in time for the arrival of D.C. heat and humidity, we're bringing you our special Luce Unplugged Community Showcase, live from American Art's Luce Foundation Center this Friday, July 18th.

Three Business Books that Deliver on Organizational Change and Leadership

last weekArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Have you ever picked up an intriguing-looking business book, started to read it, and then realized it's just one five-page article's worth of content spread out over 300 pages?Maybe I'm unlucky or a bad chooser, but I've encountered whole shelves of one-horse fluff and drivel. Show More Summary

Distinguished Lecture: Quilting history with Pam Holland’s replica of the Bayeux Tapestry

Editor’s Note: The Bayeux Tapestry, an embroidered textile 230 feet long, visually recounts the conquest of England by the Normans in 1066. Professional quilter Pam Holland of Australia has nearly completed a full-scale quilted replica of the Bayeux Tapestry. In … Continue reading ?

Five Questions with Michael Maglaras, Director of The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

On July 16th, the American Art Museum welcomes writer and director Michael Maglaras, who will introduce his documentary, The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show. The film examines the New York exhibition that exposed Americans to modern art by Cézanne,...

Treat yo’ self : Sharpen your shopping chops at the Summer Trunk Shows in our Museum Store

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Congratulations! You’re doing a fantastic job getting through the summer: hydration levels are up, tan looks good and you’ve had your suitcase packed for vacation since May. All that summer prep is hard work though — time to treat yourself! … Continue reading ?

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