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Film Premiere: Curious Worlds: The Art and Imagination of David Beck

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is screening a sneak preview of the film Curious Worlds: The Art and Imagination of David Beck, an artist featured in the exhibition, The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art, now on view.

Mark Your Calendars for the events happening this week (11/10-11/16) at HMNS

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! Travel back in time and test your battle strategy with the War Game Event … Continue reading ?

Need a Mentor? Round 3 Coming Up

Wonder what's next in your career? Want an ear that's not your officemate or your spouse? Want to think about bigger issues in the field? Want to gain a little experience blogging? If any of these are the case, this is just a quick reminder to keep an eye out for my annual mentor announcement, to come by early December. Show More Summary

In search of the first settlers of the Americas, scientists keep finding surprises

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The genus Homo, to which we belong, was the first to leave Africa and explore the world. Homo erectus, one of our ancestors, explored Asia and Europe as early as 1.8 million years ago. However, one huge landmass was left … Continue reading ?

Throwback Thursday: You Don't Know Jack!

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

It's Throwback Thursday! And we at Eye Level have decided it's a great opportunity to bring back some of our interesting posts from the past. Today, we're focusing on our Luce Foundation Center where we have over 3000 objects from our collection in open storage. But one sculpture stands out and its name is Jack. Howard fills us in about Paul Feeley's sculpture.

Metrics Tell (Part of) the Story

As Shelley mentioned in her previous post, we’ve tweaked our comment kiosks over the past year or so, shifting them to an ask functionality only...

Where's the Community in the Crowd? Framing and the Wall Street Journal's "Everybody's a Curator"

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Two weeks ago, my museum was featured in a Wall Street Journal article by Ellen Gamerman, Everybody's a Curator. I'm thrilled that our small community museum is on the map with many big institutions around the country. I'm proud we were cast as innovators. Show More Summary

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: Come out to the George for Astronomy Day November 8!

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

This month, Mars remains in the southwest at dusk this month as it pulls away from the teapot of Sagittarius. Mars continues to fade a little each night as Earth continues to leave it farther behind.  Jupiter is now higher … Continue reading ?

Discovering Onya La Tour

As a life-long resident of Indiana, I have been visiting Brown County since I was 10 years old. In spite of that, I had never heard of Onya La Tour. So, when I learned that the IMA would have an exhibition of works of art from her collection, and that she was a some-time Brown […]

Create a World: An Evening with Art Critic Jerry Saltz

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

In an appearance worthy of a TED talk, critic Jerry Saltz delivered a spirited address the other evening at American Art's McEvoy Auditorium, as part of the Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art series.

Big Changes Start Small

Change is a tough thing--and there are plenty of big issues in our field that need changing--from equitable pay to lazy collections to enhancing our creative practice. But one of the things that Rainey Tisdale and I always remind people of when we talk about creativity is the idea that change starts small. Show More Summary

Scientist who discovered oldest skeleton in the Americas comes to Houston November 12

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The controversy over who settled the Americas, and when, has been raging for some time. Combatants have lined up on every side to stake intellectual territory. Every point is debated. For historians, the use of the word “America” is even … Continue reading ?

Scientist who discovered oldest skeleton in the Americas comes to Houston November 11

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The controversy over who settled the Americas, and when, has been raging for some time. Combatants have lined up on every side to stake intellectual territory. Every point is debated. For historians, the use of the word “America” is even … Continue reading ?

Conservation of Alexander Calder's Gwenfritz

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Today, we celebrate, along with colleagues at the National Museum of American History, the rededication of Gwenfritz, a 40-foot tall abstract sculpture by the esteemed American artist Alexander Calder. The artwork was recently conserved and relocated to the site originally selected by the artist. Show More Summary

Archaeology in Houston? Uncovering Memorial Park’s History

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Did you know that the US Army set up camp on the banks of Buffalo Bayou — where Houston’s beloved Memorial Park is today? Yes, Camp Logan was built as an emergency training center in World War I built in … Continue reading ?

Attention Movie Lovers: Now you too can spend a “Night at the Museum” with overnights at HMNS!

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s note: This post was written by Julia Russell, HMNS Overnight Program Coordinator and Curator of Education Collections. Movies have the power to entertain and transport us, and yes, maybe even teach us a thing or two. We laugh, we cry, … Continue reading ?

Piloting the Complexities of Migrating iPad Kiosks into ASK

Brian and Jennie have been talking about our forthcoming mobile application, which is one of the public facing components of our Bloomberg Connects project, but...

Curating Oral History in Montreal

Several months ago, one of my mentees for this year, Catherine Charlebois of the Center for Montreal History, shared her experiences collecting oral histories. She continues the story with this long-delayed (from my end entirely) follow-up...Show More Summary

Press Here: Breaking the Fourth Wall in Children's Books... and Museums?

4 weeks agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

You open a children's book. You see a yellow dot. The text says "Press the yellow dot and turn the page."Suddenly there are two yellow dots. You follow the text. You press some more. You turn the page. More dots appear. You rub the dots. Show More Summary

Picture This: The Installation of James Prosek's Mural

4 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

American Art's latest exhibition, The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art, opens this Friday, October 31. Here's a behind-the-scenes time lapse of the installation of James Prosek's mural.

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