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Our Next Handi-Hour: Paint Pen Mugs

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SAAM's Handi-hour is back on Thursday, July 23rd in the Luce Foundation Center for another fun evening of craft-making! Check out the video below with program coordinators Katie Crooks and Gloria Kenyon for a preview of this month's craft.

Lankford’s layerable styles featured Friday at Trunk Show kick-off

Raw diamonds, Sleeping Beauty turquoise, South Sea pearls, leather and hand cast metals. The luxe boho style of Houston jewelry designer Rebecca Lankford is immediately recognizable to her fans and collectors. Her delicate styles are perfect for layering and stacking. … Continue reading ?

New images from Pluto break our hearts, excite our imaginations

Pluto has a heart. A big, icy heart surrounded by a sea of red. It was more of a fluke of photographic composition, a perfect angle for the shot that astronomers and engineers waited for more than nine years to … Continue reading ?

Close Encounters with Nam June Paik

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Russell Connor was an abstract painter, happily minding his own business, when in Boston in 1969, he met media visionary, Nam June Paik. As Connor told us the other night at a program in honor of Paik's birthday.

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 7/13-7/19

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!  Lecture – Sustainable Seas: The Vision, The Reality By Sylvia EarleTuesday, July 147:00 p.m.Dr. … Continue reading ?

Luce Artist Talk: Erik Thor Sandberg + Megan Van Wagoner and Saturated with the Subconscious

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This month's Luce Artist Talk features artists Erik Thor Sandberg and Megan Van Wagoner, whose installation Saturated with the Subconscious uses ceramic pillows and rich imagery to explore the nature of vulnerability. Erik and Megan will talk about their process and inspiration and connect their work to pieces on view at the Luce Foundation Center.

Breaking the Museum 2.0 Mold

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Dear reader,Today is my birthday. I decided to give myself a gift this year: permission to change the Museum 2.0 blog.I've been blogging weekly for almost nine years. Now, I'm planning to shift to a less regular schedule, prioritizing quality over quantity and consistency. Show More Summary

Keeping Green Leaves Green: An Overview on Tree Injections

Of all the peculiar methods and practices that we use to protect and maintain our beloved plants at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the use of tree injections may be one of the strangest to observe. Imagine a couple of garden staff members drilling holes and inserting tubes into trees, pumping bright green liquid right […]

Still Wondering if History Museums should Talk about Tough Issues?

I've been in the museum field a long time. This past year has felt like a time of real change in the way we're thinking and talking about museums and their social responsibilities. From #museumsrespondtoFerguson to debates about whether...Show More Summary

Cat Imposter: Guess what x-rays reveal about our feline mummy ‘fake-out’

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

In Cairo, I’m out of touch with what’s shown on TV, but I always know when something about Egypt has been broadcast. On slow news days, Facebook, Twitter, and my work email all light up with inquiries. In May, there was a … Continue reading ?

HMNS changed the way I think about Earth, time, humanity, and natural history

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

After 90 days working at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, here’s the verdict: I love it here! Through research required to compose and edit posts for this blog, I have learned about voracious snails, shark extinction, dinosaur match-ups, efforts … Continue reading ?

Egyptian Nefertiti replica ends in a bust: ‘Ugly’ statue brews social media storm

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

A mini controversy has just broken out in social media about a rather ugly new rendering of the famous Nefertiti bust. The original bust, currently on display at the Neues Museum in Berlin, is one of the most iconic pieces of … Continue reading ?

Upcoming: Luce Unplugged Community Showcase

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

On Friday, July 17th the Luce Foundation Center is hosting another Luce Unplugged Community Showcase from 6-8 p.m. Presented with Washington City Paper, the free show will feature local bands Be Steadwell and Olivia Neutron-John.

What, Me Worry? Crowdsourcing Teenage Memories

It's sometimes tricky to figure out the starting place for collecting memories for an exhibition project. Do newspaper press releases work? What about the Facebook page? The museum staff's own network? How do you figure out who willShow More Summary

Sparkle Exclusive: 3rd Annual HMNS Summer Trunk Show starts Friday

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Our third annual Summer Trunk Shows kicks off Friday, July 17. This year, we are featuring local artists Rebecca Lankford, Mariquita Masterson, and Mirta Tummino. As always, the featured artist’s design will be 20 percent off the day of their … Continue reading ?

What the Museum Sell Out Game (Re)Taught Me about Participation Inequality

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Last week on this blog, I tried an experiment. I wanted to open up conversation about how we judge the relative ethics of various sources of museum revenue--all of which have moral grey areas. Instead of writing a post and soliciting...Show More Summary

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 7/6-7/12

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! Behind-the-Scenes ToursTuesday, July 76:00 p.m.Enjoy the beauty of one of our special exhibitions while … Continue reading ?

The Pedagogy of a Text Message: First Response

In my last post, I discussed our “opening response” and slight tweaks to make that a better experience.  Our “first response” (the first message the...

America Now! Live Painting in Our Kogod Courtyard

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Jeremy Sutton is a California-based portrait painter and expert in digital art practices. American Art was lucky enough to have this talented and engaging artist perform live iPad painting at the America Now! Innovation in Art program on June 27.

Ever wonder how fireworks… work wonders?

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The Fourth of July just isn’t the same without pyrotechnics. And while the inevitable giant fireball from Dad lighting up the grill may be exciting in the moment, I’m actually referring to the giant chemistry demonstration we watch at night. … Continue reading ?

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