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Egyptian Duck Hunting: A Real Fling

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  This limestone architectural element from the Egyptian New Kingdom (16th-11th centuries BCE) depicts two Egyptian men, Kar and Idu, hunting ducks with boomerangs. Most people think of Australia when they think of boomerangs, but “throwing sticks” have been used all over the world throughout human history, mainly by hunter gatherers. What ancient Egyptians like […]

5 Of The Rarest Objects On Display At HMNS

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

HMNS is home to 11 permanent exhibit halls that house many wonderful and rare things. Even if you’ve visited our museum several times, we can guarantee you’ll always find something new to see! Next time you stop by HMNS, see if you can spot these five extremely rare items that are on display.   Moon Rock Just […]

Introducing Abbott Square Part 6: Two Prioritization Exercises We Used to Negotiate a Great Lease

2 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

This is the sixth in a series of posts on the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH)'s development of Abbott Square, a new creative community plaza in downtown Santa Cruz.Imagine this situation: you’re about to negotiate a long-term partnership for a massive expansion project. Show More Summary

Creative Disruption: June Schwarcz and Peter Voulkos at the Renwick

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

At first glance, the objects on display at SAAM's Renwick Gallery by June Schwarcz and Peter Voulkos couldn't be more different. Schwarcz's enamel work is precise and almost ethereal, while Voulkos's pots and sculptures are weighty and improvisational. Show More Summary

HMNS Weekly Happenings

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  It’s the Final Weeks Of Our Blockbuster Special Exhibit: Mummies of the World!         Described as “fascinating, intriguing, and inspiring,” by NBC, “absolutely extraordinary,” by NPR and “a must see,” by FOX TV, Mummies of the World will instill a sense of curiosity and wonder in each and every visitor. Come […]

Fabergé: Royal Gifts featuring the Trellis Egg Surprise

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Members Preview April 7-9, Public Opening: April 10 The Artie and Dorothy McFerrin Collection will be presented in a new state-of-the-art gallery in the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals. This new gallery is made possible by the generous underwriting of the Artie and Dorothy McFerrin Foundation. The first installation in the gallery is the […]

Minerals That Kill!

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

By Alexander Ruff, HMNS Concierge and Discovery Guide What are minerals? Supplements that you take every morning? In some cases sure. When we think of minerals it usually coincides with vitamins, but for geologists and your everyday rock hounds, minerals have a whole different meaning. As the chain of geology goes, atoms make up molecules, […]

District of Play: DC’s Vibrant Video Game Scene

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Time's running out to submit your game to the Smithsonian American Art Museum's SAAM Arcade. The deadline for submission is April 15, 2017. Below, Dorothy Ann Phoenix of the International Game Developers Association's DC Chapter discusses the great opportunities available to gamers and game developers in DC.

A Flavian Contribution: How Rome Got The Colosseum

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

By Frankie Alexander, HMNS Collections Intern                 ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’, while this phrase commonly serves as an idiom in which to encourage patience and perseverance to the receiver, the phrase remains a historical fact as well, and one that can clearly be seen in but a brief account of Ancient Rome’s development […]

Curators vs. Managers: Succession Planning in Museums

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum Marketing

Tonya Nelson, Head of UCL Museums and Collections The New York Times opinion page featured a piece called Why the Met Should Appoint a Female Director… Read More ? The post Curators vs. Managers: Succession Planning in Museums appeared first on MuseumNext.

Remembering James Rosenquist

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Pop artist James Rosenquist, who died last week at the age of 83, created large canvases that were influenced by his early years as a sign painter in Minnesota and New York City. (A contemporaneous article referred to him as "the billboard Michelangelo who spills paint on tourists below").

Sky Happenings in April, 2017

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Source: http://www.eso.org/public/images/potw1431a/     This star map shows the Houston sky at 10 pm CDT on April 1, 9 pm CDT on April 15, and dusk on April 30.  To use the map, put the direction you are facing at the bottom.   Jupiter, near Spica in Virgo, is up virtually […]

Introducing Abbott Square Part 5: What a Board is For

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

This is the fifth in a series of posts on the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH)'s development of Abbott Square, a new creative community plaza in downtown Santa Cruz.I’m embarrassed to admit it, but for my first couple years as nonprofit executive director, I was mystified about the board of trustees. Show More Summary

In Conversation with Tony Butler

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum Marketing

Tony Butler is the Executive Director of Derby Museums Trust and the founder of the Happy Museum Project. MuseumNext’s Jim Richardson caught up with him to… Read More ? The post In Conversation with Tony Butler appeared first on MuseumNext.

In Conversation with Nina Simon

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum Marketing

It’s been six years since Nina Simon, the Executive Director of Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH) released The Participatory Museum. That book went… Read More ? The post In Conversation with Nina Simon appeared first on MuseumNext.

Virtual Reality Meets Pop Superstardom

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum Marketing

In the depths of London’s Somerset House two trends, one from museums and one from technology have collided with interesting results. Björk is the latest… Read More ? The post Virtual Reality Meets Pop Superstardom appeared first on MuseumNext.

A People’s Journey, My Personal Reflection

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum Marketing

On September 14th I previewed the National Museum of African American History and Culture as part of the museum’s identified Social Influencer group. My preview… Read More ? The post A People’s Journey, My Personal Reflection appeared first on MuseumNext.

New Immersive Heritage Experience – The Lost Palace

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum Marketing

The Lost Palace is a new immersive heritage experience from Historic Royal Palaces. MuseumNext Founder Jim Richardson took the tour.  It’s dusk in central London,… Read More ? The post New Immersive Heritage Experience – The Lost Palace appeared first on MuseumNext.

HMNS Weekly Happenings

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

    Vanishing Arts: Highlights from the Beasley-Hwang Collection GET TICKETS FREE for Members Opens Mar. 24 It’s the culmination of decades of travel to exotic lands. An eclectic collection of unique artifacts acquired by Drs. Palmer Beasley and Lu Yu Hwang as their study of Hepatitis B took them to China, Malaysia, Papua New […]

Gladiator Fashion: How To Spot Your Favorite Fighter

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  Source: Wikimedia Commons. Author:  Jimmy Walker Like any good sports fan in human history, as a typical Roman during the era of gladiators you were expected to know all the pertinent information for your favorite fighter. This would include keeping up with the current rankings of your favorite fighter, knowing the advantages and disadvantages […]

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