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Treat yourself (or your teacher) to the science of a mocha mask!

13 hours agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  In honor of teacher appreciation week, we’ve got an educator how-to that will make you feel like a million bucks! It’s a great gift for the teacher in your life as they finish up the school year. If you … Continue reading ?

HMNS hosts second annual Science Hack Day

2 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  Saturday, April 18, the Houston Museum of Natural Science was the stage for Science Hack Day Houston! This is the second year in a row that we have been able to host this event presented by Brightwork CoResearch. For … Continue reading ?

Who's Your Hero? Where's the Power?

This past week, in Kyiv, Ukraine, I had the opportunity to walk through two quite incredible exhibits at the National Art Museum of Ukraine, with deputy director Yuliya Vaganova. I'll combine the two into this one post but both deserve...Show More Summary

Sanxingdui: China’s lost civilization revises history

2 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

When you walk through the limited engagement collection of artifacts from China’s Sanxingdui (pronounced “sahn-shing-dwee”), or “three stars mound,” you feel an immediate connection to a looming unknown. Where these artifacts were discovered is clear enough, as is when they were … Continue reading ?

Five-Tone Kit: Janet Delaney & Lou Harrison

This brief, five-part series — named after a section of composer Lou Harrison's (1917-2003) Rhymes With Silver — pairs an image of San Francisco from the SFMOMA Collection with a piece of music also created in or indebted to the Bay Area at large.

Nothing Meets the Eye: Not Pollock

“Everybody has that feeling when they look at a work of art and it’s right, that sudden familiarity, a sort of…recognition, as though they were creating it themselves, as though it were being created through them while they look at it or listen to it…” ? William Gaddis, The Recognitions “When art goes to the […]

Discover new secrets of ancient Egypt with guest lecturers

4 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

This week, more than 400 folks interested in all things ancient Egyptian are making their way to Houston for the 66th Annual Meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt. Running from April 24 to 26, this is the first … Continue reading ?

Watch This: Our New Exhibition, Watch This!

4 days agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

"Watch This! Revelations in Media Art" presents contemporary artworks that trace the evolution of a continuously emerging medium. The exhibition explores the pervasive interdependence between technology and contemporary culture. The exhibition, on view at American Art beginning tomorrow and running through September 7, 2015.

A Day in Training

I know that everyone on the team agrees—spending time learning about the collection is a privilege, an honor, and a lot of fun. Training started...

On Being-Hated: Ron Athey, Whip-Its, Envy.

I know these posts usually start with something coherent, like where I am or where I might be going. How I want what I want when I want it, that sort of thing. Maybe it’s weird for me to assume that any of this might be interesting to you, voyeuristically or whatever. But god, I'm so tired I’ve gotta be honest. I did a lot of fucking drugs last night so my head hurts

How Do You Define "Community?"

5 days agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Close your eyes and imagine your organization's "community." Is it a mist of good feeling? A fellowship of uncertainty? Does it have a human face?Communities are made of people, not rhetoric. You can define a community by the shared attributes of the people in it, and/or by the strength of the connections among them. Show More Summary

Picture This: Renwick Renovation Update

5 days agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

The Renwick Gallery, built in 1859, has been under renovation for the last two years and will reopen to the public on Friday, November. 13, 2015.

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 4/20-4/26

6 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week! Lecture – Richard III Rediscovered By Sarah HainsworthTuesday, April 216:30 p.m.The discovery of the … Continue reading ?

More of the Same? Different? Deeper? What Should a Museum Do?

On Easter Sunday, I visited the National Museum of Folk Architecture and Life in L'viv. It's in a city park, just a short tram ride from the center. And once there, I found an audience that any of your museums would love to have. Who...Show More Summary

King Richard III, Rediscovered: Forensic engineer to hold reburial lecture

The remains of King Richard III, the last English king to die in battle, were discovered under a parking lot and identified in 2013 using DNA, radiocarbon dating and the identification of his distinctive curved spine by a team from … Continue reading ?

HMNS greenhouse teaches how to plant a butterfly oasis in your back yard

They float on the wind, decorate your back yard in the spring and summer, and inspire warm emotions with their delicate wings. They seem carefree, at home in any meadow, but butterflies have more specific needs than we might imagine. … Continue reading ?

Artist Talk: Mark Bradford, Artist and Maker

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

On Monday, April 20, at 6pm in American Art's McEvoy Auditorium, artist Mark Bradford will be discussing his Amendment series in the third annual James Dicke Contemporary Artist Lecture.

Girl Scouts earn badges for science at HMNS

by James Talmage, Scout Programs After more than a year of hard work, Girl Scouts Heidi Tamm, Zoe Kass, Meredith Lytle and her sister Angela Lytle completed the entire Scouts@HMNS Careers in Science instructional series, earning each scout a total of … Continue reading ?

A Seventh Birthday for Open Space

Today, Open Space turns seven. For most kids, it's a transitional phase marked by new responsibilities, new interests, and (naturally) one's first cell phone.

Luce Artist Talk: A Couple of Questions with Four Artists

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

This month's Luce Artist Talk is on Saturday, April 18th at 1:30 p.m. and will feature four multidisciplinary artists who are participating in the Source Theater Festival's Artistic Blind Date project, organized by CulturalDC. TheseShow More Summary

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