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This week at the George Observatory: Perseids Punch Through Supermoon on August 12

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

If you follow astronomy websites, you’ve probably noticed that every month or so there’s an article about a meteor shower happening. There are meteors showers frequently throughout the year. Some showers are more active than others depending on various factors. … Continue reading ?

Horticulturalist Zac Stayton bids a fond farewell to HMNS

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s Note: After four and a half years, Zac Stayton, Horticulturist for the Cockrell Butterfly Center, is leaving HMNS for a new job as a Project Manager for the grower Color Spot. I sat down with him this week to discuss … Continue reading ?

From MI6: Your mission – should you choose to accept it – is to see Magna Carta before it leaves Houston

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s Note: This document has been intercepted from MI6. We have taken it upon ourselves to charge you with 007?s mission (he’s on summer vacation). Your mission – should you choose to accept it – is to visit the famed … Continue reading ?

Five Questions with Meg Saligman, Muralist and Conservation Advocate

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Meg Saligman is an award winning artist at the forefront of the contemporary mural movement in Philadelphia. She is recognized worldwide for her work with light, paint, glass, buildings, and people.

100 Acres’ Play Patch

“Let your walks now be a little more adventurous.” – Henry David Thoreau One thing that the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres has in abundance is space for exploration. After all, it has a lake, a river AND a canal, wetlands that fill and drain with the seasons, a perfect tadpole […]

MuseumCamp 2014: Experiments in Social Impact Assessment

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

You run a program. It changes kids' lives. It builds more responsible environmental stewards. It strengthens your community.How do you measure that?This was the question at the heart of last week's MuseumCamp. MuseumCamp is an annual...Show More Summary

Swept away by Sharknado: Taking a bite out of our shark fears

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year (if you have, congrats! You made it back!) you’ve probably heard of a little genius of a film called Sharknado (playing this Friday, August 8 in the Wortham Giant Screen … Continue reading ?

Surf's Up at American Art!

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

The dog days of summer and the beach beckons but can't get out of town? Well, American Art can help with that.

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: The Perseids are back August 12!

3 months 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 ?

"Their Lives are Full of Art" Visiting the Museum of Innocence

This past spring, Marieke van Damme and I separately had the chance to visit the Museum of Innocence, in Istanbul, winner of this year’s European Museum of the Year award. We had a great conversation about it, and she’s been good enough to share her thoughts here on this unusual museum experience, created by Nobel Prize winning author Orhan Pamuk. Show More Summary

Chemistry Demonstrations: This Eureka Moment is brought to you by HMNS Volunteers

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s note: Today’s post was written by Monica L. McHam, a volunteer docent here at the Museum. “EUREKA!” In his excitement, Archimedes runs down the street, naked and dripping wet from his bath. In this legend, he makes a discovery … Continue reading ?

Two Indiana plants

There are multiple plants throughout the gardens that are native to Indiana, others to the United States, and still many more from other countries, as well as those of a cultivated origin. With this wide array of possibilities, it is nice every now and again to focus on something found originally in the state of […]

Family Ties: Marc Fasanella on his Father's Painting Family Supper

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

On the occasion of the exhibition, Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget, marking the artist's one-hundredth birth anniversary, Ralph's son Marc shares his thoughts on his father's iconic painting, Family Supper. Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget closes this Sunday, August 3, at American Art.


What is without reason, is monstrous. What is with singular reason, is monstrous. What ignores reason over a singular, driving motive, is monstrous. What is reasonable will get you from the top of the steps of your home, where you tie...Show More Summary

Five Questions (+2) with Stephen Vitiello: Sound Advice

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

In honor of the Nam June Paik birthday celebration, electronic musician and sound artist Stephen Vitiello will speak in American Art's Lincoln Gallery (3rd floor, East Wing) on August 1 at 5:30 p.m. Eye Level had a chance to check in with him and ask him about art, sound, and his interactions with Nam June Paik.

Conservation student Kate Brugioni blows the lid off the restoration process for ancient Egyptian artifacts

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s note: This fall some changes are coming to the HMNS Hall of Ancient Egypt. Some artifacts will leave and others are coming in on new loans. As we prepare for this, NYU third-year art conservation student Kate Brugioni will … Continue reading ?

Making Meaningful Connections: Inspiring New Report from Irvine and Helicon

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Our work to transform the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History into a participatory and community-centered place has been heavily supported by the James Irvine Foundation. I've learned a lot from Irvine Foundation staff and partners directly. Show More Summary

Educator How-To: Be your own knight in shining armor with homemade chain maille

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

When people think of knights, they generally think of armor, too. The plate armor most associated with knights was actually a fairly recent invention. Armor started as quilted shirts and thick leather pieces to cover arms and legs (if you … Continue reading ?

Excited about Echinacea

What can you find in the garden that is tall, purple, and named after a hedgehog? Echinacea, of course! Echinacea comes from the Greek word echinos, meaning hedgehog, because of the spiny centers of the flower heads. I am sure that many are familiar with the purple coneflower because of its popularity in the Eastern […]

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