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Quick Hit: Three Blogs to Expand Your Arts Nonprofit Universe

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

It's that time of year. Scrambling at work, socializing afterwards... which, if you are a torn extro/introvert like me, can involve a lot of time in the bathroom reading while everyone else is toasting the season.Here are three blogs that I'm loving these days for breaks from the chaos. Show More Summary

The stars at night are big and…. falling: Geminid Meteor Shower Returns December 13!

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Of the many meteor showers that occur throughout the year, the Geminid Meteor Shower in December may be the most reliably active. This meteor shower occurs when the Earth passes near 3200 Phaethon, a Palladian Asteroid. The Geminids were first … Continue reading ?

New Acquisitions: Judith Schaechter's The Birth of Eve

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Nora Atkinson, the Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, joined American Art's Renwick Gallery staff earlier this year. She talked with Eye Level about the museum's recent acquisition The Birth of Eve by Judith Schaechter, which joins her 1990 work A Little Torcher also in the museum's permanent collection.

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening this week (12/8-12/14) 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! Film Screening & Lecture Dinosaur 13 Tuesday, December 9 6:00 p.m.Join paleontologists Peter Larson … Continue reading ?

What Do You See in This Picture from the Rijksmuseum?

This picture has been all over my social media feed for the last week. It's a group of teenagers engrossed in their phones in front of Rembrandt's Night Watch at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. And the more I read comments from my colleagues, the madder I got. Show More Summary

Indie Arcade at American Art: Five Questions with Chris Totten

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Kaylin Lapan, public programs coordinator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and a game enthusiast, asks Chris Totten, Chair of the DC chapter of the Independent Game Developers Association (IGDA) and professor at American University's GameLab, about the changing environment of indie gaming, in anticipation of American Art's Indie Arcade on December 7th at 1-7 p.m.

The Plight of the Wild Rhino

The contest to find a nickname for the beloved rhino-shaped bronze vessel allows the museum to offer insight on the significance of art works made from rhino horns, as well as the endangered state of today’s wild rhino. The rhinoceros was of special importance to the ancient Chinese, as the museum’s famous rhinoceros-shaped vessel, which […]

Dinosaur Drama Makes for a Stellar Documentary: Dinosaur 13 screening coming to HMNS December 9

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Join Peter Larson and Robert T. Bakker at HMNS for lecture and final screening of Dinosaur 13 in the Giant Screen Theatre Tuesday, December 9. When paleontologist Peter Larson and his team from South Dakota’s Black Hills Institute made one of the world’s … Continue reading ?

Agile Baby Steps

By and large, most software in the world is made to a spec enshrined into immutability, then interpreted differently by various parts of the teams...

Taking Up Room On The Floor

The RIP videos made by Oakland turf dancing crew Turf Feinz appeared in 2009-2010, commemorating recent deaths of young people in Oakland. It’s been four years or more since most of them were posted, which in turfing time, like internet time, might as well be forty. However, many, if not all, of the dancers in […]

BOOM! Turfing Against the World

In 2010, the annual juried show at Southern Exposure was titled BOOM! Thinking back on it now, I love that curator Astria Suparak called it BOOM! It was a little melodramatic for a few rooms of generally non-explosive works of art, but prescient in a way. BOOM! – the beat comes in and everybody moves.  […]

Will They Play in Pyongyang? Culture, Geography, and Participation

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

The objections started in Texas. During a workshop on museum visitor participation, someone spoke up and objected: "this might work in California, but it will never work in Texas."Then in Australia: "this might work in America, but it...Show More Summary

Home is Where The Science is: Become a museum member this Giving Tuesday!

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

They say home is where your heart is. That’s why HMNS is home to Lane the Triceratops, Nesh Kahns the mummy, a few bamboo sharks and, most certainly, our amazingly devoted patrons.  This Giving Tuesday, consider making our Museum your home. We would … Continue reading ?

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: A solstice and a shower for December

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

This month, Mars remains in the southwest at dusk this month as it moves through Capricornus. Mars continues to fade a little each night as Earth continues to leave it farther behind.  Jupiter is now high in the south at … Continue reading ?

Educator How-To: Making your own Samurai sword

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s note: This blog post was contributed by Kathleen Havens, HMNS Assistant Director of Youth Education. Feudal Japan’s government depended on a warrior class, called Samurai, for over 600 years. Individual samurai warriors served a daimyo, powerful warlords that governed … Continue reading ?

Handi-Hour: "Put a Bird on It"

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Handi-hour returns on Wednesday, December 3rd, just in time to craft some goodies for the gift giving season. This time our inspiration comes from our newest exhibition The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art. Program coordinator Katie Crooks...

Abe, You and Me: Mentorship Round 3

“The best way to predict your future is to create it” Abraham LincolnAs regular readers of the blog know, for the past two years I've had my own informal mentor program. I started it, honestly, because of a certain dissatisfaction with the field. Show More Summary

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening this week (12/1-12/7) at HMNS

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! Go behind-the-scenes of our offsite collections storage facility or tour one of our exhibits … Continue reading ?

Abundant Thinking

Like many Americans, I spent yesterday, Thanksgiving Day, surrounded by abundance: of family, of food, of laughter and stories--all a reminder of how grateful and lucky I am. But a conversation earlier in the week reminded me of how much more aware we could all be of abundance in our professional lives. Show More Summary

Film: James Castle: Portrait of an Artist

4 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is screening James Castle: Portrait of an Artist in conjunction with our installation of James Castles' work, on view at the museum through February 1, 2015.

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