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A Healing Machine for the Elementary School Classroom

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

If you have visited SAAM's folk and self-taught art galleries since they re-opened in October, you probably encountered Emery Blagdon's wondrous Healing Machine, an installation of individual paintings and found-material sculptures suspended from the ceiling. Show More Summary

An Exciting Preview of Our First Online Annual Gala Auction!

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The Houston Museum of Natural Science will be serving as mission control on Saturday, March 4th for an out-of-this-world Gala: The Big Bang Ball. Make a big impact by bidding in our first-ever online Gala Auction! Explore our unique auction items, including dino-mite fossils, dazzling gemstones as well as once in a lifetime museum experiences […]

Google’s Field Trip Days At HMNS

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

By Elizabeth Galante, Contend Manager and Sata Analist, You Education Sales   Thanks to a sponsorship from Google, the Houston Museum of Natural Science was able to close the Museum to the public and invite 2,082 Houston-area students, teachers, and chaperones to a free evening field trip on January 20, 2017.   Google’s generous support […]

Your March Stargazing Guide – Venus Fades as Mercury Appears

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Venus leaves the evening sky this month. (In fact, it is coming around to our side of the Sun, about to overtake the Earth.) Look in the west in evening twilight. Venus is noticeably lower to the horizon each evening, until is lost in the Sun’s glare after Spring Break. How long can you still […]

Can You Name #5WomenArtists?

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

It all began with a challenge, exactly one year ago. The National Museum of Women in the Arts posed a question and the goal was simple: get people talking about women artists.

Missed Connections: Malachite And The Ancient Egyptians

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

We’ve all heard of the notorious classified ads. Whether you think the stories emanating from those newspaper columns are romantic or creepy, it can’t be denied that they are interesting to hear about. Here at HMNS we have missed connections everywhere. But I don’t mean human connections, or a least living human connections…   The connections that […]

Distinguished Lecture: Nutrition and Wild Orangutans: Insights Into Human Health

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Hear Dr. Erin Vogel at the HMNS (Rebloged from the Leakey Foundation)   Who doesn’t love orangutans? These highly intelligent, critically endangered great apes that live in the tropical forests of Sumatra and Borneo have faces with such character, such personality, they always make for great, powerful pictures. We are always excited when The Leakey […]

HMNS Weekly Happenings

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Film Screening – Bridge On the River Kwai with Captain Jay Thomas       Join Captain Jay Thomas, US Naval History and Heritage Command for a one-night-only screening of this classic 1957 film.   Among the forced laborers who built the bridge over the River Kwai were American and Australian sailors who survived the […]

Bridging the Gap (Over The River Kwai): HMNS Distinguished Lecture And Film Screening

4 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

    Bridge over the River Kwai, 1943. Artist: Rawlings, Leo. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Following the successful surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese Imperial forces launched a series of campaigns to expand their influence and grab strategic points across China and the islands of the Pacific.   In early 1942 the Imperial forces […]

Submit Your Game to the 2017 SAAM Arcade!

4 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is inviting independent video game developers to show their work at the museum's annual SAAM Arcade this August 5-6, 2017.

Mapping Texas: 1695 Zee-Fakkel (Sea Torch) Map

4 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

By Mylynka Kilgore-Cardona, PhD, Map Curator, Archives and Records, Texas General Land Office Johannes Van Keulen & Claes Jansz Vooght, Pas Kaart Van de Golff van Mexico Door C.J. Voogt Geometra T Amsterdam by Johannis Van Keulen Boek en Zee Kaart verkoper aande Niewe-Brug inde Gekroonde Lootsman Met Privilegie voor 15 Iaaren,[Sea Chart of the Gulf […]

Imhotep: The Ancient Egyptian Architect Who Became A God

4 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  When someone thinks of ancient Egypt they cant’s help but picture the pyramids in their minds. The pyramids have been around for so long they are like antiquity personified. They have an enigmatic aura of mystery associated with them: modern governments use the structures as cryptic symbols of stability, and at the same time […]

Five Reasons to Come to MuseumCamp 2017

4 weeks agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Dear friends, We're about a month from the deadline to apply for MuseumCamp 2017 at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH). Here are five reasons YOU should apply this year... Dive into co-creative project design. A month before...Show More Summary

Architecture Scavenger Hunt!

last monthArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

There is something special about the field of architecture that intrigues us all. It’s a subject full of science and secrets. So much mathematical precision is required to build large, stable structures and yet that doesn’t seem to be enough. Architects are an imaginative bunch,  finding unique ways to appeal to their client’s passions and […]

Luce Unplugged: Five Questions with Brushes

last monthArts / Museums : Eye Level

For our February Luce Unplugged show, we teamed up with D.C. Music Download to welcome brushes, a rock 'n' roll band from the District, to the Luce Foundation Center.

Luce Artist Talk: Five Questions (+2) with Sparkplug Collective

last monthArts / Museums : Eye Level

Each month, the Luce Foundation Center partners with neighboring Flashpoint Gallery to bring local artists to speak about their artwork and how it relates to SAAM's collection. This Sunday, we welcome Sparkplug Collective, eight local artists from the D.C. Arts Center, to discuss how collaboration and continued education help local artists thrive.

Educator How To: Make Your Own Ancient Chinese Compass!

last monthArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  The compass, historically one of the most important aids to navigation, helped to drive the great sea voyages of Europe’s Age of Discovery. The compass, a Chinese invention, was introduced to Europeans by way of Arab traders in the 13th century. Two thousand years ago the Chinese had already developed a primitive working compass.  […]

Agnes Martin’s World-Facing Grid

At SFMOMA, seven Agnes Martin paintings are displayed in an octagonal room. All of them are grids, or their prototype, rows. I’ve been puzzling over Martin’s grids the whole five years since I first saw her work. Critics present the grid — a chronic structure in modern art — as a sovereign and detached figure.... More

HMNS Weekly Happenings

last monthArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

BTS – Mummies of the World: The Exhibition     Mummies of the World: The Exhibition presents a collection of mummies from Europe, South America and ancient Egypt-some 4,500 years old.   Go behind-the-scenes and learn about mummies and...Show More Summary

Building a Learning Culture: Food Included

A few weeks ago, I spent two days working with board and staff at the American Swedish Institute (ASI) in Minneapolis, MN. Since that visit, I've been deep in learning about my own new job, but I find myself thinking about those days and about how collaborative learning cultures are built. Show More Summary

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