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Collection Rotation: Lacey Haslam

The search function is the pinnacle of any networked system, an access point that has evolved from an aspect of internal networks into being synonymous with the almighty search engine. In the ’80s, a time when our internal networks were flawed by unstructured information management, Thomas D. Wilson began studying behaviors related to seeking information.

James Washington: Being Natural

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Discovery Guide James Washington, III, better known at the Houston Museum of Natural Science as “Jurassic James,” has made a career out of going above and beyond the call of duty. “[My bosses] say, ‘You have your responsibilities. Make sure those … Continue reading ?

Ants in your Plants: Mutualism benefits both myrmecophyte and insect

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

What is an “ant plant”? We have them at the Cockrell Butterfly Center, but what makes them so special? Technically called myrmecophytes (from the Greek myrmeco – “ant”, and phyte – “plant”), some plants have a very special relationship with … Continue reading ?

Location, Location, Location

Last month we had the pleasure of introducing the six members of our audience engagement team, the specialists who will be engaging with visitors via...

Why you should care about endangered species today, tomorrow, and every day

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The truth of the matter is that we humans are bound to this Earth, and as the dominant species, it is easy for us to allow industry and propaganda to run rampant, decimating whole populations of the animals with which … Continue reading ?

Any Questions? at the Oakland Museum

Last week, I visited the Oakland Museum, whose work I've heard about since I was a graduate student. So much to think about, but one particularly take-away for me was the number and variety of visitor feedback stations. Questions, questions,...Show More Summary

Get wet, go wild, or blast off with new Party Smarty birthday themes at HMNS

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

by Karen Whitley Yikes! Is it May already? Time has flown by and now your child is about to turn another year older. Between work, school, dinner, errands, and that never-ending laundry, who has time to plan a party? Lucky … Continue reading ?

Agile by Design

As I introduced in a previous post, SITU Studio was brought on board to design a mobile, flexible, and temporary set of furniture components that...

Nothing That Meets the Eye: Cheap Imitations

In my last post, I discussed how artist biopics ironically rely on painstakingly crafted stunt doubles of their subject’s most famous pieces in order to consolidate the romantic image of the artist as lone genius. Despite the suspension of disbelief that lets us overlook, say, the fake Vermeers in Girl With a Pearl Earring (2003), […]

Familiarity Breeds Love…and a Desire for Things to Stay the Same: Guest Post by Karen Wise

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Visitors in front of the African Elephant Diorama at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC photo) This guest post was written by Karen Wise, Vice President, Education and Exhibits at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Show More Summary

Luce Unplugged: Five Questions (plus one) with Pleasure Curses

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Kick off Memorial Day and summer with music, art and drinks at the free Luce Unplugged Community Showcase next Friday, May 22 from 6–8 p.m. The show, presented with Washington City Paper, will feature sets by two well-loved D.C. bands: Pleasure Curses and Young Rapids.

We’re Only Human

When you’ve got any tool that is designed to answer questions the danger is that people think it’s an automated system; with ASK we need to...

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 5/11-5/17

3 weeks 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 – Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences Of A Hotter Planet By Gernot WagnerTuesday, … Continue reading ?

Power Equals Secret Pockets

In Conversation: Aaron Gach of Center for Tactical MagicCenter for Tactical Magic is an international activist art collective that challenges existing power structures. unexpected projects sat down with CTM’s founder, Aaron Gach, in a coffeehouse in Albany, CA to talk about past and present projects.

Among fossils: How very old things remind us of our youth

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The earth is 4.54 billion years old. That’s a big number to wrap your head around. Spending time among very old things helps, but even then it’s easy to forget that not only the fossils themselves are ancient; so is … Continue readi...

Food chains link the creatures of coastal ecology

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Don’t stick your hand in that shell! You don’t know who might be home. It could be a carnivorous snail or a “clawsome” crab. Take a look at our Texas state shell, the lightning whelk or left-handed whelk, which feeds … Continue reading ?

Science Starts with density and distance

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

A rousing game of “Will it Float?” occasionally played on The Late Show with David Letterman was really just an impressively popular density guessing game. In our recently added Science Start Outreach Program, Discovering Density, we play a similar game, … Continue reading ?

Five-Tone Kit: Ewan Gibbs & Pauline Oliveros

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.

Hard currency: Stone money of the Yap Islands

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

We have all grown accustomed to seeing new forms of payment pop up every day. Cash is used less and less. To be “with the times” now requires making payments electronically, and invisibly. Actual tangible objects, such as coins or … Continue reading ?

Five Questions with Zoe DiGiorgio, President of the University of Maryland's Gamer Symphony Orchestra

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

In honor of the video games on view in American Art's new exhibition "Watch This!" Revelations in Media Art, this Saturday, May 9th, the University of Maryland's Gamer Symphony Orchestra (GSO) will perform in the museum's Kogod Courtyard.

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