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Plastics in Pop Art Prints

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

American Art curatorial assistant, Nina Williams writes about the use of plastics in Pop Art printmaking. Our exhibition Pop Art Prints is on display until August 31, 2014.

Shark Week: Of Fins and Fiction

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

At the risk of sounding obvious — it’s Shark Week, the Discovery Channel’s annual plug for the much maligned (but secretly awesome) top predators of the deep! Started in 1988, as a way for the station to capitalize on the lack … Continue reading ?

Picture This: Dowager in a Wheelchair by Philip Evergood

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

If you haven't seen American Art's exhibition Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Collection, it's time do come on down to the museum. The show closes this Sunday, August 17.

Off With Its Head! The “De-restoration” of the MCCM Coffin Lid

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Greetings, and welcome to my second post on the conservation of a Third-Intermediate-Period coffin lid at the Michael C. Carlos Museum. If you missed the first installment, you can hop over here to catch up. After the documentation, research and planning … Continue reading ?

Facilitating Creative Learning (for Professionals): More Notes on MuseumCamp

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Last week, I wrote about MuseumCamp, the annual professional development event we hold in Santa Cruz. MuseumCamp is a playful, intense, spirited 3-day adventure in which small teams of diverse professionals do a rapid-fire project together on a theme. Show More Summary

An obedient plant?

Can a plant actually be obedient? Why yes, there is one that can be and it just so happens to be commonly known as the obedient plant. The Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana) gets its name from the flowers’ ability to stay in place according to how you move them. The flowers are on each side […]

Seeing IS Believing: What Prototyping Can Do

Are you thinking that the pace of change at your institution is glacial? If you work at a historic house, are you crippled by the fact that your interpreters, volunteer or paid, seem to resist any change in how they share ideas and information...Show More Summary

Five Questions for Andrew Greene, Director of the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

On August 16th at 2 p.m., the Smithsonian American Art Museum's and National Portrait Gallery's next Cine-Concert series features Andrew Greene, Director of the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra, performing his original score for the Buster Keaton classic College (1927, 66 minutes).

Sharing The Love: HMNS Outreach fan mail shows kids and teachers agree, hands-on science is FUNdamental

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s Note: This post was written by HMNS Outreach Presenter Sahil Patel. Even with a brand new school year just around the corner, students, teachers, and parents alike are still raving about last year’s HMNS Outreach programs. During the 2013-14 school … Continue reading ?

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

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