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Reflections on the Work of Richard Estes

6 days agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Patterson Sims and Richard Estes talk about Estes work now on exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Goodbye Lenin, Hello Bake Sale

Needless to say, I've got a great deal to process and think about from my time in Ukraine. Before I went, I wondered what kinds of changes I would see. My last visit to Ukraine was in May 2014, including time spent in now-embattled Donetsk. Show More Summary

14 Ways to Look Awesome for Halloween at Spirits & Skeletons Friday 10/31

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Having trouble deciding on your costume for Spirits & Skeletons? I got you, bro. Houston’s favorite Halloween party — the one and only Spirits & Skeletons — is back at HMNS! With the entire museum open you can shake your stuff … Continue reading ?

Art & Science Collide: The IMA at Celebrate Science Indiana

On October 4, the Indianapolis Museum of Art was present in full strength at the annual Celebrate Science Indiana Fair at the Indiana State Fair Grounds. Conservation Scientist Gregory D. Smith along with Paintings Conservators Fiona Beckett and Erica Schuler demonstrated the link between science and art to fair-goers of all ages. Throughout the day, the IMA […]

What We Learned in Our Ukrainian Workshops

I'm just wrapping up a series of workshops about visitor voices in museums held in six different regions of Ukraine. I was joined in this by three intrepid companions: Tricia Edwards of the Lemelson Center at the Smithsonian, who squeezed...Show More Summary

Positioning Visitors with iBeacons

When Apple released iOS7 in 2013 one of the new features introduced was iBeacon. This technology would now enable Apple devices to pick up broadcasting...

#ArchivesMonth at the IMA

… and to celebrate, I am going to share items from some of my favorite collections in the IMA Archives. But first, you may be wondering, “What is an archives?” An archives is a place where people go to find information. But rather than gathering information from books as you would in a library, people […]

We’re gonna scare your pants off: Psycho and The Exorcist showing this month at HMNS

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Take Two gets spooky this October with classic horror flicks showing in the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre!  We’re bringing “Hitch-y” Back: Psycho showing October 10Come scream at Hitchcock’s most iconic film, Psycho, showing Friday October 10 at 7:00 p.m. Obsessed with … Continue reading ?

A Celebration and a Restoration: Ringing in 25 years at the George

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

This Friday we’re kicking off our celebrations in honor of the George Observatory’s 25th anniversary with a members event at the George! Leading up to this anniversary, we launched our S.O.S (Save Our ‘Scope) fundraising campaign to restore the mirror, and, thanks … Continue reading ?

What's Right with Exhibits? What I Learned in Latvia

One of my memorable moments at AAM this year was an informal meet-up with just a few of us to talk about what’s wrong with exhibits—particularly history exhibits. I’ve been trying to puzzle out why, so often, I feel overwhelmed by technology,...Show More Summary

Is it Real? Artwork, Authenticity... and Cognitive Science

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

A farmer says he has had the same ax his whole life--he only changed the handle three times and head two times. Does he have the same ax? This question launches Howard Mansfield's fascinating book about historic restoration, The Same Ax, Twice. Show More Summary

Blood Moon Strikes Back! Total Lunar Eclipse Wednesday, October 8!

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

A total eclipse of the Moon will occur early Wednesday morning, October 8. Houstonians will be able to see virtually the whole event, which happens right before dawn. Lunar eclipses occur when the full Moon moves into the Earth’s shadow. … Continue reading ?

This week @HMNS: Making physics cool and celebrating 25 years at the George

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

This series is about events happening at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. For more information about HMNS, our exhibits and programming, please visit   THURSDAY, OCT. 9FILM SCREENING: Particle Fever GET TICKETS Imagine being able to watch Franklin received his first … Continue reading ?

Seeing Things (14): Eric Fischl's Tumbling Woman

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

When Eric Fischl inaugurated the Clarice Smith Distinguised Lectures in American Art series recently, he covered a lot of material. Though best-known as a painter, he's worked in a variety of media in his more than forty year career....Show More Summary

Simply ASK

In previous Bloomberg Connects blog posts we’ve described the iterative process of determining how we can engage the visitor, enhancing their museum experience. The ASK app (our...

We’ve Got the Fever: Particle Fever screening one night only at HMNS! (10/9/14)

4 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Next week we’re bringing you the chance to glimpse back in time to the very beginning of the universe with the critically acclaimed documentary Particle Fever screening Thursday, October 9 in the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre at 6:00 p.m. “Wait a second,” you … Continue reading ?

12 Signs You Should Boogy Boogy Shooby Sho Wap Over to HMNS for our Grease Sing-a-Long Friday

4 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

We’re having a Grease sing-a-long in the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre Friday September 26 at 7:00 p.m! Come down to HMNS and see all your friends from Rydell High once more on the giant screen! Here are twelve signs you need to come to … Continue reading ?

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: Two eclipses for the price of one!

4 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

This month, Mars remains in the southwest at dusk this month as it pulls away from Antares in Scorpius. Mars continues to fade a little each night as Earth continues to leave it farther behind.  Saturn drops into the Sun’s … Continue reading ?

Museum 2.0 Rerun: Inside the Design of an Amazing Museum Project to Capture People's Stories

4 weeks agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Recently, we've been talking at our museum about techniques for capturing compelling audio/video content with visitors. It made me dig up this 2011 interview with Tina Olsen (then at the Portland Art Museum) about their extraordinary Object Stories project. Show More Summary

Going Responsive with Agile Planning

“Three Simple Truths” from The Agile Samurai by Jonathan Rasmussen: 1. It is impossible to gather all the requirements at the beginning of a project....

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