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Towers of ‘taters!

You say poh-tay-toe and I say poh-tah-toe and, considering the fact that potatoes play a significant role in food supplies worldwide, there are lots of ways to say POTATO in dozens and dozens of languages! Researchers have found that the potato originated from South America. Its stellar ability to be stored long-term allowed it to […]

New Approach, Historic Mission: Remaking a Factory Museum via Community Co-Production

2 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Imagine a historic site. It has an incredible story. But not enough people care about it anymore, and the museum is fading into disrepair. It is losing funding, attention, and relevance.What do you do?Yesterday, I learned about the Silk Mill, a British historic site that is going through a dramatic community-driven reinvention. Show More Summary

Clear Choices in Tagging

Remember my post on Social Change? We’ve been evaluating our digital projects with a careful eye toward what’s working and what isn’t.  At this juncture,...

Q and Art: Just Looking

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

This post is part of an ongoing series on Eye Level: Q and Art, where American Art's Research department brings you interesting questions and answers about art and artists from our archive. Edward Hopper's Cape Cod Morning Question: In Edward...

Finding the flora and fauna: Butterfly Center staff conduct a BioBlitz in Memorial Park

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s Note: The term “BioBlitz” was first coined in 1996 for intense attempts to record all the flora and fauna within a designated area. National Geographic, which has partnered with parks around the country for various BioBlitzes, describes them as … Continue reading ?

Michael Arcega’s “Rerereading Arrangements” Scores the Museum

When I conceived of the Artists Drawing Club series, Michael Arcega was one of the first artists I envisioned working with to create an event. Rarely have I looked at an artwork and thought, “Wow, what a wicked sense of humor!” I think it is something I have experienced a total of three times in [...]

The Golden Age anew: The IMA’s Dutch and Flemish gallery reinstalled

On July 18, the newly reinstalled gallery of Dutch and Flemish painting opens to the public. The Northern baroque paintings are one of the strengths of the IMA’s collection, and it is with pride that the IMA presents some of its most popular paintings – such as Aelbert Cuyp’s Valkhof at Nijmegen and Jan Miense […]

Do Museums Need Disaster Plans for People?

Any museum worth its salt has a disaster plan somewhere (hopefully somewhere easy to find). It probably has information about contacting emergency services; what happens to objects in collections storage and the safe evacuation of staff and visitors. Show More Summary

HOW-TO: Make your own super last-minute superhero costume for our Comic-Con Mixers & Elixirs

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Need a last-minute costume for our Comic-Con mixer on July 18? No problem! As a connoisseur of procrastination myself, I know that waiting until the last minute to prepare a costume can be as stressful as it is a unique … Continue reading ?

Luce Unplugged Showcase: (Almost) Five Questions with Chris Taylor of Pygmy Lush

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Just in time for the arrival of D.C. heat and humidity, we're bringing you our special Luce Unplugged Community Showcase, live from American Art's Luce Foundation Center this Friday, July 18th.

Three Business Books that Deliver on Organizational Change and Leadership

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Have you ever picked up an intriguing-looking business book, started to read it, and then realized it's just one five-page article's worth of content spread out over 300 pages?Maybe I'm unlucky or a bad chooser, but I've encountered whole shelves of one-horse fluff and drivel. Show More Summary

Distinguished Lecture: Quilting history with Pam Holland’s replica of the Bayeux Tapestry

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s Note: The Bayeux Tapestry, an embroidered textile 230 feet long, visually recounts the conquest of England by the Normans in 1066. Professional quilter Pam Holland of Australia has nearly completed a full-scale quilted replica of the Bayeux Tapestry. In … Continue reading ?

Five Questions with Michael Maglaras, Director of The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

On July 16th, the American Art Museum welcomes writer and director Michael Maglaras, who will introduce his documentary, The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show. The film examines the New York exhibition that exposed Americans to modern art by Cézanne,...

Treat yo’ self : Sharpen your shopping chops at the Summer Trunk Shows in our Museum Store

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Congratulations! You’re doing a fantastic job getting through the summer: hydration levels are up, tan looks good and you’ve had your suitcase packed for vacation since May. All that summer prep is hard work though — time to treat yourself! … Continue reading ?

Inside HMNS Sugar Land: Why the Body Carnival exhibit is a sensory party you must attend

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Just like all of our exhibits, there’s plenty to see. But a better question might be, “What is there to DO in Body Carnival?” This special exhibit is packed with lots of fun, interactive stations that give each visitor just … Continue reading ?

IMA’s Greenhouse: Home to hidden beauties

Spending the week in the Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse has definitely been exciting! There are so many different plants here and, within just four days, I was introduced to so many more than I usually am in a week! Getting to work with such a variety is a great experience and, just looking around, I […]

The 10 Kinds of Pandas You Find on the Internet

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Everyone knows cute animals basically run the Internet. But what’s the best of the best when it comes to Internet cuteness? I hereby put forth that pandas are the epitome of Internet animal cuteness, and should reign with their ever-powerful … Continue reading ?

Observed: Creative Constraints

Over the past weekend, I saw a few great examples of how artists use creative constraints to inspired their work and wanted to share them in the hopes that inspire you to think of constraints as inspiration, not barrier. First up, visiting artist Raúl the Third in the Polly Thayer Starr Artist Series at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Show More Summary

New Acquisitions: Purvis Young's The Struggle

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

American Art's curator of folk and self-taught art, Leslie Umberger, talks about the museum's recent acquisition of a major painting by Purvis Young, The Struggle. The artwork can be seen in the museum's east wing gallery on the third floor.

We’d like to introduce you to the four new species of African house bats

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s note: This blog post is a summation of “New Species of Scotophilus (Chiroptera: Vespertiliondae) from Sub-Saharan Africa,” written by HMNS Curator of Vertebrate Zoology Daniel M. Brooks and John W. Bickham, and published as a monograph in the Occasional … Continue reading ?

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