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Please, Be Irrational! Pi Day is Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is Pi Day, a slightly silly recognition of the special number that is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. But it’s not just any Pi Day, it is the Pi Day of the century! Because pi … Continue reading ?

Other Half Orbit

We met with Ingrid Rojas Contreras and Jeremiah Barber in the gallery of their current joint exhibition Lo real maravilloso at Mission Cultural Center to talk about their ongoing collaboration. Ingrid identifies primarily as a writer and Jeremiah as a visual artist; however, their connection and collaboration of more than a decade blurs boundaries between words and images.

“Dipsy” the Diplodocus is back at HMNS!

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

After a 2 year absence, “Dipsy” the Diplodocus is back at HMNS!  Making it’s debut back in 1975, Dipsy was the first dinosaur to call HMNS home. In 2013, our Diplodocus was de-installed from its original place in the Glassell … Continue reading ?

Are You the Fifth?

Are you interested in professional feedback and collegial exchange of ideas? My tremendous Take 5 colleagues Anne Ackerson, Marianne Bez, Gwen Spicer, and I are seeking a creative, independent cultural professional with broad experience and interests, who is looking to collaborate in rewarding and productive ways to join our informal group. Show More Summary

Throwback Thursday: The Last Waltz: Lincoln's Second Inauguration

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

President Lincoln celebrated his second inaugural ball 150 years ago on March 6, 1865, at the US Patent Office Building, now home to the American Art Museum as well as the National Portrait Gallery. Though the president's words wereShow More Summary

How to Spread and Mount a Butterfly – Part III

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

HMNS entomologist Erin Mills walks you through how to mount and display a butterfly in this 4-part video tutorial. Part III: Setting the Butterfly Part III continues below:  Check back next week for our final installment of this video series.

Lessons Learned Running User Testing

We have an incredible opportunity in front of us; the folks who will be using our ASK app are coming through the door every day, so we...

Crossing the Professional-Amateur Line

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Think back to the last time you crossed a line.Did you feel brave? Deviant? Proud? Ashamed?In art institutions, we typically treat the curator as the arbiter of quality. The curator draws the line between worthy and unworthy. He may explain the rationale behind where he drew the line--or not. Show More Summary

Yoga in Luce

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Yoga in Luce is a new monthly program that pairs yoga and art appreciation. Alongside the artworks of the Luce Foundation Center, participants will practice an hour of Vinyasa yoga, a style that prioritizes flowing movement and breath, taught by a credentialed instructor from Flow Yoga Center. Show More Summary

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 3/9-3/15

2 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!   SPRING BREAK 2015 SPECIAL HOURSHMNS Hermann Park (March 8-15):Monday-Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 … Continue reading ?

On Being-Hated: Banks Violette, Pharmakon, Karaoke.

Let’s start with where I am. It could be anywhere. I’m on a train to Philadelphia, I’m on a plane back to New York. I’ve just moved to Oakland. I’m wearing a pair of fingerless leather gloves and there’s a slim choker around my neck loose enough that the buckle’s constantly slipping over to the front.

Chiddingstone Castle curator Maria Esain lays out her all-time favorite objects

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s Note: Today’s blog post comes to us from Chiddingstone Castle curator Maria Esain. Chiddingstone, located in Edenbridge, Kent in the United Kingdom, loaned significant artifacts to HMNS’ Hall of Ancient Egypt. Many visitors to Chiddingstone ask me the same … Continue reading ?

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: The Stars of Spring are Rising

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Mars remains in the west at dusk this month as it moves through Pisces. Mars continues to fade a little each night as Earth continues to leave it farther behind. After this month, Mars begins to be lost in the … Continue reading ?

3D Scanning: The 21st Century Equivalent to a 19th Century Process

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Karen Lemming, American Art's sculpture curator is organizing an installation that will include Hiram Power's Greek Slave, one of the most popular sculptures of the 19th century. As part of her preparation, she is working with Smithsonian X3D, part of the Institution's Digitization program, to create a 3D model of the Greek Slave. Karen, fills us in on the process.

Mingering Mike is in the House

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Billed on his website as "the Soul Superstar You've Never Heard Of," Mingering Mike is an enigma, wrapped in faux vinyl, and carefully packaged in cardboard. The artist, who wishes to remain anonymous but for his sobriquet, is a DC native,...Show More Summary

How to Spread and Mount a Butterfly – Video Tutorial Part II

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

HMNS entomologist Erin Mills walks you through how to mount and display a butterfly in this 4-part video tutorial. Part II: Prepping the Butterfly Check back next week for Part III!

Working out the Wiki

The most basic goal of the ASK app is to connect visitors to works of art in the museum. Although the conduit for this connection...

The Participatory Museum, Five Years Later

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

This week marks five years since the book The Participatory Museum was first released.I wrote The Participatory Museum for two reasons: to explore the "how" of participatory design in museums, cultural centers, libraries, and science...Show More Summary

Collection Rotation: Madalyn Merkey

This conceived collection examines aspects of shifting cultural situations, as well as artists whose work challenges the institutional inclination to group artworks according to medium; it is rooted in large scale environmental and performance works. Show More Summary

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 3/2-3/8

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 – Medicine Without Evolution Is Like Engineering Without Physics By Randolph M. … Continue reading ?

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