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Unmasking Everyday Superheroes with HMNS Outreach!

14 hours agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s Note: This post was written by HMNS Outreach Presenter Sahil Patel. Up in the sky, look! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Wait, no, it actually is a bird, flying faster than most cars. Superpowers, such as the Flash-like super … Continue reading ?

The Secret Handshake: Presenting Business Cards in Japan

2 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s Note: This post was provided by Kuraray, local sponsor to the special exhibition Samurai: The Way of the Warrior on display now at HMNS. “Do you have a card?” is a phrase uttered daily in American business. To us, it’s a … Continue reading ?

SITU Studio (re)Envisions our Lobby as Part of Bloomberg Connects

We are excited to announce that the Brooklyn based design firm, SITU Studio, will be working with us to create a new, more friendly and...

Picture This: An Iconic Artwork by Alfredo Jaar

3 days agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

A few days ago, The Washington Post published an article about an iconic artwork by Alfredo Jaar: Life Magazine April 19, 1968. Jaar took a photograph of Martin Luther King's funeral from an issue of Life magazine and graphically depicted African Americans walking in the crowd behind King's coffin. You can see Jaar's artwork at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Join Us at MuseumCamp 2015 to Explore Making Space for Self and Others

4 days agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

illustration by Beck Tench Each summer, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History hosts MuseumCamp, a professional development experience that is part retreat, part unconference, part summer camp.This year, our theme is SPACE. I've been...Show More Summary

Picture This: Wood Turning a Tree From Our Kogod Courtyard

4 days agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

American Artist, Phil Brown, turns our museum's trees into beautiful art.

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 1/19-1/25

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!  Free Shipping, No Minimum Sale at the Museum StoreSale valid from 1/15-1/25For a limited … Continue reading ?

What has eight legs and is coming to a school near you? “Awesome Arachnids” from HMNS!

In 2015, The Cockrell Butterfly Center will be making a couple of new outreach programs available to classrooms all over the Houston area. One of which was given to kindergarten students at St. Francis Episcopal School in December, and it … Continue reading ?

Get ready for cuteness overload: Tiny Giants 3D showing now in the GST!

Learn about the amazing trials and tribulations of a mighty chipmunk and a daring mouse from their own tiny perspective in Tiny Giants 3D now showing in the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre! Come on an extraordinary adventure into magical worlds beneath … Continue reading ?

Preparing for a Post-Password Future with Pokemon Cards

Every year a gathering of hackers and information security professionals convene in Washington, DC to discuss how awful and broken the state of computer security...

Film Screening: Aves: Magnificent Frigate Bird, Great Flamingo

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

On Tuesday, January 20 American Art will screen Aves: Magnificent Frigate Bird, Great Flamingo, a film by Nancy Graves, artist and former member of the museum's Commission. The screening is as part of our exhibition The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art. Show More Summary

Is There a Formula for Free Admission?

last weekArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

There are plenty of great arguments out there for WHY to make museums free. But HOW do you do it?It's much easier for art and history museums than for those museums that rely on admissions for a majority of their income (science, children's). Show More Summary

Wonder Women of STEM: Ada Lovelace, 19th century programmer

Editor’s Note: This post is the second in a series featuring influential women from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields in the lead up to HMNS’ annual GEMS (Girls Exploring Math and Science) event, February 21, 2015. Click here to get … Continue reading ?

Celebrate Small Success but Aim Big

I had asked one of my 2014 mentees, Megan Wood, Edsel and Eleanor Ford House (above) Associate Vice President of Education & Visitor Experience, to do a wrap-up about success, failure and learning in a new job--as that was the focus of many of our year-long conversations. Show More Summary

Luce Artist Talks: Up Next, Tai Hwa Goh

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

American Art's Luce Foundation Center hosts local artists who discuss their work and process in the context of artworks on view in the Luce Center. The Luce Local Art Series is presented in collaboration with CulturalDC. All talks begin at 1:30 p.m. Our next artist talk is by Tai Hwa Goh this Saturday, January 17.

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 1/12-1/18

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! Behind-the-Scenes ToursTuesday, January 136:00 p.m. Samurai: The Way of the WarriorWitness the exquisite objects related … Continue reading ?

Bird Sighting: A Gallery Talk

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

On Tuesday, January 13 American Art will present a gallery talk about the overlap between art and nature as part of our exhibition The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art. Former public programs assistant, Laurel Fehrenbach,...Show More Summary

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: See Comet Lovejoy this month, get a once-in-a-lifetime treat!

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

This month, Mars remains in the southwest at dusk this month as it moves through Aquarius. Mars continues to fade a little each night as Earth continues to leave it farther behind.  Jupiter is now up most of the night. … Continue reading ?

Remembering Mel Casas (1929-2014)

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

San Antonio-based artist Mel Casas died on November 30, 2014 after a two-year battle with cancer. The Smithsonian American Art Museum is proud to own paintings by artist, including Humanscape 62, which was featured in our exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art. Show More Summary

What I Learned about Strangers from Jane Jacobs on my Winter Vacation

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Yes, I was that woman on the beach with a library book about urban planning. And loved it.One of my vacation goals was to think big picture about public space. I'm entrenched in a project to build a creative town square in Santa Cruz connected to my museum. Show More Summary

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