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What You Might Have Missed – Member Events

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

By Kimberley Vera, HMNS Membership Copywriter   In August and September we had plenty events to help ease your summer blues and celebrate the beginning of the fall season. Here’s a recap in case you missed out. And be on … Continue reading ?

2016 African Hall Updates

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Dan Brooks, Ph.D. HMNS Curator of Vertebrate Zoology     The Frensley/Graham Hall of African Wildlife, built 2002-04 was a new variation of a common traditional theme at HMNS, in that we wanted to portray more than just the Serengeti … Continue reading ?

Elaine Heumann Gurian to give opening keynote

2 months agoArts / Museums : Museum Marketing

We are excited to announce that international museum consultant and advisor, Elaine Heumann Gurian, will be the opening keynote at our inaugural Australian Museum Conference in February 2017. Elaine is a consultant/advisor to museums, writer, and lecturer to many museum studies programs worldwide. Show More Summary

Making It Live: Dena Beard and Constance M. Lewallen in Conversation

In her long history as a curator at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and in numerous books and essays, Constance M. Lewallen has made it her life’s work to delve into artists’ work. It’s no surprise that her integrity and ethic were an early inspiration to Dena Beard, who worked... More

Museum Collections: Cooler than it Sounds!

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Oftentimes we find ourselves in social situations with people we’ve never met before. You may be in a doctor’s office, a school open house, or even at a social event in our Museum. While mingling with new people the same … Continue reading ?

What Does a Great Distributed Digital Museum Experience Look Like?

2 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Museum technology nerds: this post is for you.I've been thinking recently about distributed content experiences--ways for people to interact with museum content (art, history, science, etc.) as they make their way through the world outside the museum. Show More Summary

HMNS Weekly Update

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Frankenweenie (2012) GET TICKETS   Friday, October 14 | 7:15 p.m. | Members: $4 | Tickets: $5   Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences. … Continue reading ?

Zombie Ants!

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The Halloween season brings in hordes of scary creatures, from vampires to monsters to mummies. If we only look to the ant world, we can find all three. But these are not the scariest Halloween creatures to be found among the … Continue reading ?

Mythbusters: Pilgrim Edition

Virtually every American knows a Pilgrim myth or two. It's the kind of thing many of us learn at every Thanksgiving dinner and with every hand-made paper turkey on a school classroom window. I'll have to admit, that when I visited the Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, MA, I expected more of the same. Show More Summary

Featured Organization: black hole cinematheque

When was black hole cinematheque founded, and why? [Note: All answers by Tooth, the found of black hole cinematheque. —Eds.] As an archive and collection of filmmaking resources, we began in 2009; free weekly film screenings began in 2011. The black hole concept sprang partially from an action against the popular myth that all this... More

Sky events for October 2016

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

1st Quarter October 8, 11:33pm Full October 15, 11:23pm 3rd Quarter October 22, 2:14pm New October 30, 12:38pm   This star map shows the Houston sky at 10 pm CDT on October 1, 9 pm CDT on October 15, and 8 … Continue reading ?

Ghostly Creatures of the Night: A True Raccoon Story!

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The other day I was on one of my three-mile walks, fighting off those extra pounds that come with my new, sedentary office job. The sun was coming down earlier than I expected, an unwelcome consequence of changing seasons, and … Continue reading ?

Afrosurreal: The Marvelous And The Invisible 2016

An Afrosurreal manifestation is an artistic or critical expression that addresses or interacts with The Afrosurreal Manifesto.  These expressions have shown themselves in all artistic disciplines ranging from film, to literature, to dance, visual art, installations, interventions and other “emancipatory projects”. Show More Summary

Nixtamalization: A Tortilla a Day….

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Today is National Taco Day, and although I must admit that I neglect most of these “para-holidays” this occasion happens to intersect with one of my passions: Meso-american History.   My interest in tacos, however, is focused on one particular, … Continue reading ?

A Pocket-Sized WONDER in Virtual Reality

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

We've launched "Renwick Gallery WONDER 360" as our first major experiment with producing immersive VR experiences. I hope you'll download it, and please let us know what you think by rating it in the app store!

Luce Unplugged: 5 Questions with Danke Shane

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Danke Shane's debut D.C. show premieres this Thursday, October 6, in the Luce Foundation Center as a part of Luce Unplugged, our free, monthly concert series. In partnership with D.C. Music Download, we highlight musical acts within the District that create unique and innovative sound. Show More Summary

Teaching the African American Experience through Art

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

On October 13, the Smithsonian American Art Museum will host "Art and the African American Experience," an evening for teachers presented in celebration of the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Led...Show More Summary

Getting Love Right

Just a little time, to get love right — Akilah Oliver   Scatter rocks, petals, tea leaves, bones — they will fall into patterns reflecting and reflected by stars, planetary movements, traffic, bullets, the vortex of a hurricane or arc of a single wave. What makes a locality local? How do we know the places... More

For Mnemosyne

What is that knowing that is available to us? […] We are cut off from it because we think we are cut off, only. — Cecilia Vicuña Maybe this is all an exercise to keep Mnemosyne occupied. Maybe it’s just me. I gravitate to the margins of the recordings. What you can hear and see... More

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