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Seeing Things (17): Art and Healing

20 hours agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

This is the seventeenth 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 in a museum.

State of the Unions

CLR: Covert Drone War “Women Like Me” On the Everyday Life of Others Speakeasies and Artists Warehouses: A Tale of Two Oaklands Intellectuals for Trump • GMA: Queer Nation Manifesto The Alcatraz Proclamation A New Declaration of Independence White Purity Pink White House Just Seeds Activist Image Toolbox • JGF: “Poem of Commitment” The R.F.... More

What In The World Are They Doing? Visions Of The Black Drink

  When people walk through our permanent exhibit halls, sometimes they come upon an object that makes them think “what in the world are they doing?“. It can be two fossilized skeletons posed in an unusual arrangement, or an artifact with a strange ritual depicted on it. This article is the second in a weekly […]

post retro

Starting on December 9, for a period of four weeks, the museum will host “Retrospective,” an exhibition within the biennial’s exhibition conceived by Xavier Le Roy as a choreography of actions by fifteen Taiwanese performers in situations that investigate various experiences of the present as a composition of several times coexisting in the same time... More

Abraham Thomas: New Curator-in-Charge at SAAM's Renwick Gallery

2 days agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Abraham Thomas recently joined the museum's staff as The Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator-in-Charge at the Renwick Gallery. Thomas writes about the intersection of American craft, the Renwick, and his interests.

Two Opportunities at the MAH: MuseumCamp and an Incredible Job

3 days agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Dear Museum 2.0 friends,I want to share two great opportunities to get involved at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in 2017.1. APPLY TO MUSEUMCAMP.Each summer, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History hosts MuseumCamp, a professional...Show More Summary

My Life as a Wave

In a poem that begins, “He thought there would be limits and that it would stop him,” I read the following: “From time to time the ocean swirled up through the eye of a rock and taught him limits. Throwing itself backward, singing and sucking, no teacher, only its violent self, the Pacific, dialectical waters... More

HMNS Outreach is Building a Better World—Literally!

5 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  Education is our primary mission at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and we are committed to providing high-quality scientific experiences to children everywhere through our Outreach Programs. After all, the future scientists and engineers of the world are … Continue reading ?

#CitizenScience – Join our Butterfly Experiment!

Have you seen a numbered butterfly in the Cockrell Butterfly Center today? We’re doing a longevity study to see how long the butterflies in our center are living. If you see a butterfly with a number on it, snap a … Continue reading...

Folk and Self-Taught Art, Now in the Luce Center

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

SAAM's open storage Luce Foundation Center is by no means a static place. With a calendar full of public programs and one of the most Instagrammable spaces in the city (we may be biased), you can see how the space is constantly changing in our folk and self-taught art cases.

Arts Advocacy After Ghost Ship: Mutual Aid and Brazen Ignorance

To neighbors, the informal artist colony and underground venue known as Ghost Ship was a blemish or a curiosity — a source of late-night noise and decorative clutter on the periphery of East Oakland’s predominantly Latino Fruitvale district. A mural on the car-stereo shop next door depicts a street sign for adjacent East 14th, the... More

What in the World Are They Doing?: Egyptian Sacrifice Revealed

  When people think of sacrifice, they think of blood, guts, fire and altars. But that isn’t always the case. Although in some cultures sacrifice involves the ritual killing of animals or even people on holy spots, for many other … Continue reading ?

A surprise

Begin part 1 (of 4)   Apologies in advance: these are a few random limbs of a longer project. Initially planned to focus on ghosts and ghost stories in fiction, but the project has strayed and I fear will continue to do so. 5. Block Mental torpor. Staring at the page, drawing up another browser over... More

Gene Davis: The Cool Guy of Hot Beat

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

ene Davis, a journalist before he was a painter, knew the power of words. He spoke his wise and sometimes ornery mind, aware of the momentary impact and the eventual documentation of his life and career. This explains why his own bon mots (not the curators') flank most of the 15 paintings—all permutations of the stripe—in Gene Davis: Hot Beat, on view through April 2.

Against Participation

last weekArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

At first, I thought it was a joke. A colleague at UC Santa Cruz asked me to participate in a social practice symposium called Against Participation. Hosted by a sound art collective, Ultra-red, the 2015 event promised "to investigate...Show More Summary

10 x 10: My Favorite Posts from the Last 10 Years

This week is the tenth anniversary of this blog. I couldn't have guessed ten years ago, that I would still be writing on a pretty consistent basis, nor could I have imagined all the places I would go, the experiences I would have, or the lessons I would learn (some easily, some definitely the hard way). Show More Summary

Lamintating Snake Skins

 A Fressssssh Start To The New Year! This year many people will be rummaging through their closets, discarding old clothing in exchange for a fresh, new look. Our snakes have done sort of the same thing, as many of them … Continue reading ?

2017: New Challenges, New Changes

Regular blog readers will know two things: one, that I've been pondering, post-election, the ways I might be able to make more of a contribution in the world; and two, that my career has taken all sorts of unexpected paths. 2017 will be a big year of change and challenge for me as both those items come into play. Show More Summary

New Acquisitions: Self-Taught Art from the Margaret Z. Robson Collection

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

SAAM has acquired nearly one-hundred works of self-taught art from the collection of Margaret Z. Robson. The paintings, drawings, and sculptures were created by forty-eight artists including James Castle, Thornton Dial Sr., Judith Scott, and Bill Traylor. Show More Summary

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