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Observed: Creative Constraints

Over the past weekend, I saw a few great examples of how artists use creative constraints to inspired their work and wanted to share them in the hopes that inspire you to think of constraints as inspiration, not barrier. First up, visiting artist Raúl the Third in the Polly Thayer Starr Artist Series at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Show More Summary

New Acquisitions: Purvis Young's The Struggle

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

American Art's curator of folk and self-taught art, Leslie Umberger, talks about the museum's recent acquisition of a major painting by Purvis Young, The Struggle. The artwork can be seen in the museum's east wing gallery on the third floor.

We’d like to introduce you to the four new species of African house bats

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s note: This blog post is a summation of “New Species of Scotophilus (Chiroptera: Vespertiliondae) from Sub-Saharan Africa,” written by HMNS Curator of Vertebrate Zoology Daniel M. Brooks and John W. Bickham, and published as a monograph in the Occasional … Continue reading ?

Learning Cultural Competency through Social Media

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

What if there was a place where we could learn more about the experiences of people who are totally different from us? Where we could hear directly, in their own words, what they love, hate, fear, desire, dream?There is that place. It...Show More Summary

Behind the plaque: Wiess Energy Hall Partners give education a spark

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

As you make your way through the halls of HMNS, you might notice that many of the walls are adorned with shiny plaques and engravings recognizing the generosity of our numerous supporters. These names include individuals, private foundations, corporations and … Continue reading ?

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: The Summer Triangle is high in the sky

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

This month, Mars is in the southwest at dusk this month. Mars continues to fade a little each night as Earth continues to leave it farther behind. Still, Mars rivals the brightest stars we see at night. Saturn is also in the … Continue reading ?

City of Light meets the Circle City

Recently, 14-year-old Zadig Perrot, from Paris, France, spent two weeks at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. During his first week he attended the Social Photography summer camp for teens where he learned how to use a camera and Photoshop. You can see some of his photos in the slideshow below. Zadig’s photos and the works […]

Be the Party Smarty: Birthdays are awesome, unique & educational at HMNS

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Just like clockwork, another year has rolled around and you find yourself in that same old dilemma: what to do for your child’s birthday? What should be a joyous time for you and your family becomes stressful and agonizing: the … Continue reading ?

But here’s the Hitch, Part II: Deciphering Jurassic feet code & the secrets in knuckle pads

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s Note: This post is the second in a two-part series about Reverend Hitchcock, who was influential in determining the physiology of dinosaurs. Click here to read part one. At the end of Part One, we left our dear friend, the … Continue reading ?

July 4th: The American Experience in American Art

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Tomorrow is the 4th of July! And in today’s technological age it has become almost traditional on social media to post holiday specific imagery in celebration of special days. Here at American Art we definitely have no shortage of American imagery that reflects our experiences as a people. Show More Summary

The ABCs of the Fourth of July: America, Bulgari, Cher (and Houston)

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

What do America, Bulgari, Cher (and Houston) have in common? Well, since you asked: BULGARI launched an AMERICA-inspired collection of jewelry in the 1970s called “Stars and Stripes” — which was modeled by CHER. And pieces from that line are … Continue reading ?

Picture This: Watching the World Cup at American Art

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Fans Attending the World Cup at the Kogod Courtyard Yesterday (Click on image for larger view) The American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery opened up our Kogod Courtyard yesterday afternoon to watch the U.S. – Belgium World Cup...

Design for Community is Design for Strangers

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

There are lots of places where we can come together with people we already know. Dinner tables. Coffee shops. School. Church. Ball fields. These places are important. The relationships they support are powerful. These places help us strengthen bonds with the people who matter most.But those places are tribal places. Show More Summary

Why Can't Local History Be More Like Local Food?

I live in the northwest Catskills of New York State. It's rural, really rural (see above). Like so many rural counties all over it has suffered a long economic decline and a steep decline in agriculture, once the mainstay of its economy (Delaware County's butter once won prizes at 19th century Worlds' Fairs). Show More Summary

Lilies in bloom

Now that it is officially summertime, I can begin to look forward to seeing all of the colorful combinations of lilies. From 12 inches tall to 7 feet tall, lilies know how to steal the show. More than 80 species provide a variety of colors, heights, and bloom times to choose from. Whether they bloom […]

American Art's Summer Instagram Challenge: 30-Days of Outdoor Sculpture

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

During the month of July 2014, join fellow photographers and the American Art Museum on a quest to find outdoor sculpture. We are partnering with Restless Collective, a multimedia group specializing in travel and adventure storytelling, to raise awareness and appreciation for outdoor sculpture across the nation.

But here’s the Hitch: Who really discovered that dinosaurs had feathers?

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

I grew up in the 1950s and 1960s reading books about the dinosaur “orthodoxy.” According to this traditional view, the dinos died out at the end of the Cretaceous because their beloved swamps dried up and the air became too cool. … Continue reading ?

Here’s to the docents who dress! Costumes give volunteers an added educational edge

4 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s note: Today’s post was written by Monica L. McHam, a volunteer docent here at the Museum. “Wow, I didn’t recognize you with clothes on!” I stopped short and spun around to see my friend and fellow docent, Carl Driever, … Continue reading ?

Five Questions with Filmaker David Sutherland

4 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

This weekend the Smithsonian American Art Museum will screen two documentary films that focus on artists whose work is featured in the exhibit Modern American Realism: The Sarah Roby Foundation Collection: Jack Levine: Feast of Pure Reason, and Paul Cadmus: Enfant Terrible at 80. Show More Summary

Next stop: BRAZIL! Jet-setting at home with World Trekkers this Friday

4 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Think Brazil is all Carnival and beaches? Think again. Here are three things you probably didn’t know about Brazil: MERCHANTS NAMED IT, NOT COLONIAL POWERS When Portugal started to colonize Brazil, they named it Terra de Santa Cruz (Land of … Continue reading ?

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