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You Can Thank Science for Helping You Cook an Awesome Thanksgiving Dinner

19 hours agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Loosen your belts boys and girls, because we are approaching Thanksgiving, the day where diets and portion control cease to exist. To make things a bit easier for you, I have compiled some tips on how to make your Thanksgiving … Continue reading ?

Matisse’s Couture Closet and “La Conversation”

Jared Ledesma In 1938 Henri Matisse completed La Conversation (The Conversation), a vibrant exploration of color and design on canvas featuring two female models clad in couture. This painting, along with many other works in SFMOMA’s Matisse collection, was the focus of my research in preparation for Matisse from SFMOMA, which was on view at the […]

Educator How-To: How to Make Your Own Pet Squid

2 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The days just after Thanksgiving are always busy at the Museum. There are flurries of children on field trips, shoppers looking for that unusual and prefect gift and, my favorite, the annual installation of the holiday trees in the grand … Continue reading ?

User Testing ASK with our Members

Earlier this week I covered how we have been testing the ASK app internally. Today I am going to talk about how we user tested...

Preparing for User Testing

I was very excited by the prospect of user testing in the field when I started working on the Bloomberg Connects project. As a web...

Luce Foundation Center: Artist Talk by Martine Workman

2 days agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Local artists discuss their work and process in the context of artworks on view in the Luce Foundation Center as part of American Art's Luce Local Art Series. This series is presented in collaboration with CulturalDC. All talks begin at 1:30 p.m. Our next artist talk is by Martine Workman this Saturday, November 22.

Rescue Me: Kathleen A. Foster on Winslow Homer's The Life Line

2 days agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Kathleen A. Foster spoke the other evening at the McEvoy Auditorium, the third and final speaker in this year's Clarice Smith Distinguished Lecture in American Art series. Her focused talk concerned Winslow Homer's iconic painting from 1884, The Life Line.

Conservation: Materials and Materiality in Eric Fischl’s Tumbling Woman II

2 days agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Eric Fischl's Tumbling Woman II is a poignant and provocative sculpture that is on view in American Art's Lincoln Gallery. In addition to the artwork's historical underpinning and evocative pose, it maintains a distinctive materiality that causes a visitor to pause and engage with its subject.

Cold Snap Raises Concern: How will the monarchs fare?

3 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Should I be concerned about the monarch butterfly? Is it going extinct? Will these cold temperatures kill the ones I’m raising? What is “OE” and should I worry about it? If you have questions about monarchs, you are in good … Continue reading ?

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening this week (11/17-11/23) at HMNS

3 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! Get into the holiday spirit with the Jingle Tree events at HMNS Sugar Land, … Continue reading ?

Rethinking Community Advisory Boards: the Story of C3

4 days agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

What's the best way to get formal input from diverse community members? I've been curious about this question for a long time. While informal involvement or input for a specific project is always useful, there's also value to more sustained...Show More Summary

Add Holiday Cheer to your Home with Designer Trees at Jingle Tree

4 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

HMNS Sugar Land Give. OWN. Be Merry. Kick the holiday season off with Jingle Trees at HMNS Sugar Land! At Jingle Tree you can give, OWN and be merry when you bid amongst festive company on a silent auction of dazzling, … Continue reading ?

Configuring the All-in-One Windows 8 PC into a Gallery Kiosk

In getting our ASK iPad pilot into full swing for Bloomberg Connects we needed to nail down how we were going to present the answers...

You'll Laugh, You'll Cry: Upcoming at NEMA

I'm excited to be a part of two sessions at the next week's New England Museum Association conference in Cambridge, MA. Kudos to NEMA for attracting their biggest audience ever--evidently a very full house will be on hand with more than 1000 participants.Rainey Tisdale and I will be talking Objects and Emotions on Thursday. Show More Summary

Three Provocations from the West Coast of the Arts

last weekArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

You know those people who drop morsels of brilliance like a little kid scattering bread to ducks? I was surrounded by them last week. I'm part of a cohort of ten arts organizations in California funded by the Irvine Foundation to strengthen our work to engage low-income and ethnically-diverse people. Show More Summary

Film Premiere: Curious Worlds: The Art and Imagination of David Beck

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is screening a sneak preview of the film Curious Worlds: The Art and Imagination of David Beck, an artist featured in the exhibition, The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art, now on view.

Mark Your Calendars for the events happening this week (11/10-11/16) at HMNS

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! Travel back in time and test your battle strategy with the War Game Event … Continue reading ?

Need a Mentor? Round 3 Coming Up

Wonder what's next in your career? Want an ear that's not your officemate or your spouse? Want to think about bigger issues in the field? Want to gain a little experience blogging? If any of these are the case, this is just a quick reminder to keep an eye out for my annual mentor announcement, to come by early December. Show More Summary

In search of the first settlers of the Americas, scientists keep finding surprises

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The genus Homo, to which we belong, was the first to leave Africa and explore the world. Homo erectus, one of our ancestors, explored Asia and Europe as early as 1.8 million years ago. However, one huge landmass was left … Continue reading ?

Throwback Thursday: You Don't Know Jack!

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

It's Throwback Thursday! And we at Eye Level have decided it's a great opportunity to bring back some of our interesting posts from the past. Today, we're focusing on our Luce Foundation Center where we have over 3000 objects from our collection in open storage. But one sculpture stands out and its name is Jack. Howard fills us in about Paul Feeley's sculpture.

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