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African American Artworks at SAAM

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The Smithsonian American Art Museum boasts more than two thousand works of art in its collection by more than two-hundred African American artists. Covering centuries of creative expression, the artworks explore themes that reflect the African American experience in paintings, sculpture, prints, textiles and photographs.

Notes on the Garage Residency

I grew up in the Bronx, undocumented. Now I make ephemeral work in Portland using what is at hand, which mostly goes undocumented. To clean up its image as a druggy egghead haven in the wake of two fatal student overdoses, Reed College arrested me and my roommate on campus the day before Valentine’s Day,... More

Tales of the Continental Divide: The Adventures of Mesosaurus

Mesosaurus was an unusual reptile. It looked kind of like crocodiles do today, with a long, thin body, eyes located on top of the skull, webbed feet, and an average length of about 16 inches. It also lived kind of … Continue reading...

Okra and Tomatoes

Okra, photo courtesy of Swallowtail Garden Seeds As Julia mentioned in our last okra blog, cooking with okra can be a bit slimy. One of the tricks to combat the slime, is to cook it at high heat and really … Continue reading ?

MuseumNext Announces European Museum Conference 2017

We are delighted to announce that our ninth annual European Museum Conference will take place in the Dutch city of Rotterdam in June 2017. Since 2009, MuseumNext it has acted as a platform for showcasing best practice today to shine a light on the museum of tomorrow. Show More Summary

MuseumNext Launches Podcast for Museum Professionals

At MuseumNext we have always strived to bring innovation and inspiration to museum professional. Today we are launching a Podcast for Museum Professionals that makes it easy for anyone to listen to the best in museum thinking wherever they are. Show More Summary

Cyborg Artist Neil Harbisson to speak at MuseumNext

Contemporary artist and cyborg activist Neil Harbisson will be speaking at our New York City conference on innovation in the museum sector. Neil Harbisson is best known for having an antenna implanted in his skull and for being officially recognized as a cyborg by a government. Show More Summary

Tony Butler to Speak at North American Conference

We are pleased to announce that Tony Butler, Executive Director at Derby Museums Trust will speak at our North American museum conference in New York this coming November. Tony is a social history curator at heart and has been Executive Director of Derby Museums Trust since January 2014. Show More Summary

MuseumNext Dublin: 2016

Our most recent conference took place in the city of Dublin in their centenary year with three days of activity in amazing galleries, museums, a historic house and stunning events venue. Delegates were invited to register for the conference...Show More Summary

Call for Papers MuseumNext NYC November 2016

MuseumNext is a global conference series on the future of museums, taking place in the world’s cultural capitals since 2009. MuseumNext is a catalyst for innovation, transformation and collaboration in museums, galleries and heritage sites, with more than 800 individuals from 32 countries joining us in 2015. Show More Summary

Interview with Jim Richardson

A short interview with MuseumNext founder Jim Richardson by Public Art Magazine, Korea. How did MuseumNext start? MuseumNext came out the shifting technological landscape of the first decade of the 21st century. Digital media was transforming...Show More Summary

Announcing our first Australian Museum Conference

We are delighted to announce that we will be bringing our International Museum Conference to Australia for the first time, with museums and galleries from around the world coming together in Melbourne in February 2017 to highlight best practice, discuss the latest trends and think about what’s next for museums. Show More Summary

Ten tips to make your next conference the best yet

We have welcomed thousands of people to MuseumNext from all over the world since 2009. During that time we have learnt that those who have the best experience take the time to do a little preparation before the event. Here are a fewShow More Summary

5 reasons I’m looking forward to my seventh MuseumNext

Japer Visser is a Senior Partner at the boutique consultancy VISSCH+STAM in the Netherlands. He attended the first MuseumNext in Newcastle upon Tyne in 2009, and has attended, spoken and hosted the conference in the years since. We asked...Show More Summary

Travel through time with HMNS collections on Google Arts & Culture

We’re proud to announce that HMNS and some of the most loved natural history institutions in the world have partnered with Google to bring you a new online experience! This new online exhibition is available on and allows people … Continue reading ?

All The Copper

Alone or clustered, in gutters, on corners, gathered around payphones. I pick up pennies. Tails or heads up shining or covered in muck. Resting in my hand from forty-five years ago beginning, becoming in supple brown almost like chocolate. Almost like wood, but red rusted corpuscles passed along daily in America’s veins. The penny is... More

Recent discovery adds to our understanding of ancient Maya civilization.

When Europeans set foot on the shores of the New World, one of the most advanced civilizations they encountered was that of the ancient Maya. With a past spanning close to three millennia, the Maya lived in what is now … Continue reading ?

Integrating Art in the Online Classroom

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Michael Hristakopoulos teaches high school social studies at a virtual school in Florida. This July, he participated in one of SAAM's summer teacher institutes, offered for English and social studies teachers interested in integrating American art into their curricula. Show More Summary

Material World: The Renwick Invitational

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

This year's Renwick Invitational features the work of four craft artists—Steven Young Lee, Kristen Morgin, Jennifer Trask and Norwood Viviano—who share a common interest in the exploration of materiality, as well as the processes of transformation, decay, and rebirth.

HMNS Weekly Happenings

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  Evening with the Owls September 16th and 17th, at 6:30 Tickets are $12 for public adults and children Purchase your tickets online here Whoooo’s looking at you? It’s no owl. It’s an insect! With black spots rimmed by gold … Continue reading ?

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