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Luce Unplugged: 5 Questions (Plus One) with Beauty Pill

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

It's time for another Luce Unplugged Community Showcase, and we couldn't be more excited to team up with Washington City Paper to present Beauty Pill, next Friday, May 20th from 6 to 8 p.m. If you aren't familiar with this beloved D.C. band, check out their 2015 album Beauty Pill Describes Things as They Are.

Educator How-To: Cross-curricular Education Gets Cheesy

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

As educators, we all want students to understand the world holistically, but we still tend to teach each subject independent from all other subjects. Food is an effective way to capture the attention of students and provide a useful tool … Continue reading ?

Objects and All: The 21st Century Museum

“It’s an audio guide, sweetheart, not a remote.” This week's guest post is by one of this year's mentees. Amanda Guzmán is completing her Ph.D in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. She's been a graduate fellow at the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian. Show More Summary

Amid King Tut Tumult, Hardwick Re-Caps What We Really Know About this Famous Pharaoh

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Over the weekend in Cairo, conflict broke out in the archaeology community. Ground-penetrating radar has revealed peculiar results that some believe indicate additional rooms behind a solid wall in Tutankhamun’s tomb. Others reject this new theory. British Egyptologist Nicolas Reeves … Continue reading ?

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 5/9-5/15

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Last week’s featured #HMNSBlockParty creation is by Charlie Bartley (age 8):  Want to get your engineering handwork featured? Drop by our Block Party interactive play area and try your own hand building a gravity-defying masterpiece. Tag your photos with #HMNSBlockParty. … Continue reading ?

On Display in the Museum Store from Los Matachines De Durango

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

by Marina Torres With the opening of the Virgen de Guadalupe exhibit in December 2015, it was important to create a display to reflect the religious figure and the culture. Unfortunately for my oldest sister, she had to undergo knee … Continue reading ?

Last Chance to See Ramesses II and Horemheb! Australian Artifacts Move Home Next Week

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

by Tom Hardwick and Dirk van Tuerenhout When the Houston Museum of Natural Science planned our Hall of Ancient Egypt, filling its 11,000 square feet with artifacts was not an easy job. Our own collection of Egyptian material is rather … Continue reading ?

Discreet Hoarding: The Mystery of the Disappearing Horses and Cabinets of Curiosity

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

I’m a dyed-in-the-wool museophile (no, I did not just make that word up). I love to look at collections of amazing specimens and artifacts. Turns out I also love to hoard things — oh, I mean collect items of great … Continue reading...

Year Five as a Museum Director: Good to Grow

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Five years ago, I left the consulting world to take the helm at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) at a time of crisis and change. We went through a dramatic turnaround. We started bootstrapping growth. Now, we're on the doorstep of a major expansion. Show More Summary

Crater Science Reaches New Depths at Chicxulub, Ground Zero for the End of the Dinosaurs

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

If there was ever any doubt whether an asteroid impact killed off the dinosaurs, field scientists continue to bring back proof from ongoing research in the Gulf of Mexico.Last week, geologists working in the Yucatán Peninsula reached a major milestone … Continue reading ?

Curator's Travel Journal: In Rufino Tamayo's Footsteps (5)

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

E. Carmen Ramos, curator of Latino Art at SAAM was recently in Mexico to research her upcoming exhibition on the acclaimed 20th-century Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo's lengthy residence and production in New York City, Tamayo: The New York Years. Show More Summary

This Mother’s Day, Honor Her with Color and Music at the HMNS Processional of Guadalupanas

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

by Ruth Cañas Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. The modern American holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother … Continue reading ?

Renwick Gallery: Four WONDER Installations Closing Sunday

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Like all good things, WONDER, the most talked-about, Instagrammed, and wondrous exhibition is nearing the end of its record-breaking run. Sunday, May 8, is your last chance to see four installations on the second floor—Maya Lin's Folding the Chesapeake, Jennifer Angus' In the Midnight Garden, John Grade's Middle Fork, and Chakaia Booker's Anonymous Donor.

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: Exciting Rare Mercury Transit Next Monday!

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Jupiter is now high in the south at dusk. It outshines all stars we ever see at night, so you can’t miss it. Mars and Saturn become late evening objects this month. Tonight, May 2, Mars rises in the southeast … Continue reading ?

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 5/2-5/8

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Last week’s featured #HMNSBlockParty creation is by Dylan (age: 9): Want to get your engineering handwork featured? Drop by our Block Party interactive play area and try your own hand building a gravity-defying masterpiece. Tag your photos with #HMNSBlockParty. Cultural Feast … Continue reading ?

Under a Gold Blanket: Discovery Guide Tours Famed Mine in Minas Gerais

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

by “Cretaceous” Chris Wells Brazil is a beautiful country, but not in the same way as the Florida Keys, Hawaii, or Aspen. Everywhere in Brazil you have a wonderful dichotomy between the grotesque and the graceful. The entire country is … Continue reading ?

Peale-ing Back American History: the Life of Charles Willson Peale and his Cabinet of Curiosities

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

In the first fan girl crush blog about Charles Willson Peale, I talked about how Peale created the first American Museum. Today, I’m talking about the rest of his life. Part of the reason I admire Peale so much is … Continue reading...

Team Detective: What's Your Team's Spirit?

I'm an avid mystery reader, which I always thought of as leisure, unconnected to work. But I've been thinking that there is a connection. Part of any consultant's job is to go into a place and size up the situation quickly. I'm not looking for footprints or the dog that didn't bark in the night, but I am looking for how a team works together. Show More Summary

Beached Galveston Whale Raises Concerns and Curiosities

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Back in December, a 44-foot sei whale (Balaenoptera borealis) washed ashore and died on the Galveston coastline near the Terramar subdivision. It was sighted by a passerby who spied it rolling in the waves, its spout the only clear sign … Continue reading ?

Luce Artist Talk: Five (plus one) Questions with Brian Davis

4 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Multimedia artist and sculptor Brian Davis rounds out this spring's Luce Artist Talks series on Saturday, May 7 at 1:30 p.m. The Luce Artist Talks series brings in local artists to discuss their current projects in relation to the objects on view in our Luce Foundation Center. Show More Summary

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