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BOOM! Turfing Against the World

  In 2010, the annual juried show at Southern Exposure was titled BOOM! Thinking back on it now, I love that curator Astria Suparak called it BOOM! It was a little melodramatic for a few rooms of generally non-explosive works of art, but prescient in a way. BOOM! – the beat comes in and everybody […]

Luce Artist Talks: Emily Francisco

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

You've heard of landscapes and cityscapes, but how about soundscapes? DC-based artist Emily Francisco creates these immersive audio environments and she'll talk about her recent work when she kicks off the Luce Foundation Center's fall Artist Talks series this Sunday, September 14 at 1:30 p.m.

Seven chihuahuas who just found out World Trekkers: Mexico is tomorrow night at HMNS

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Friday, September 12 we’re heading south of the border for World Trekkers: Mexico! From vibrant music to stunning vistas, ancient ruins to delectable treats, Mexico’s rich history and cultural traditions have won the world over and now you can experience … Continue reading ?

Taking Assumptions with a Grain of Salt

As Shelley introduced in her last post, we have the very ambitious goal of overhauling our visitor experience through an initiative funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies...

Throwback Thursday: Han's Hofmann's Fermented Soil

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Fermented Soil by Hans Hofmann contains such fresh joy and vigor it is hard to believe it was painted by a man in his mid-eighties. It swings like a jazz sextet.

But What About Quality?

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Scene: a regional workshop on arts engagement. A funder is speaking with conviction about the fact that her foundation is focusing their arts grantmaking strategy on engagement. Engaging new people. Engaging more diverse people. Engaging people actively in the arts. Show More Summary

From Public Library to Public Gallery, Marvin Beerbohm's Automotive Industry Mural is Reinstalled

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

The polished machinery featured in Marvin Beerbohm's "Automotive Industry" mural will be shimmering a little brighter now that the mural has been treated by the American Art Museum's conservation department. The mural, which was previously located in Detroit's Public Library, was recently installed in the museum's first floor.

Visitor Powered Technology to Create a Responsive Museum

We are incredibly excited that Bloomberg Philanthropies has funded a three-year initiative as part of Bloomberg Connects and it gives us the opportunity to significantly improve...

Art at the ‘cutting’ edge: Cross-section sampling of paintings

Last month, I led a handful of members of the IMA’s Second Century Society through a special behind-the-scenes workshop in my laboratory exploring the practice of cross-section sampling in conservation science. A cross-section is a miniscule sample cut from an artwork so as to contain all the layers of the painting – from the topmost […]

It Takes a Village ….A Milkweed Village

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

As the obligate host plants for monarch caterpillars, milkweeds are a staple in any butterfly habitat garden. However, milkweed is not just for monarchs! Many other insects call the genus Asclepias home, giving rise to the concept of a “milkweed … Continue reading ?

Four Ways to give your kid a great birthday at HMNS

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Planning a great birthday party for your little tyke can be daunting to say the least, that’s why we’re here — to make sure your kid AND their friends AND you can have a great time at their birthday party! To top it … Continue readi...

Handi-Hour: Holy Crafting Happy Hour, Batman!

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Handi-hour is finally back on Thursday, September 4. This time we are partnering with the Fantom Comics in Dupont Circle for a Handi-hour with comic book flare! Program coordinator Katie Crooks demonstrates her super power craft making in this round of Handi-hour how to videos; check them out below for a preview of some of the crafts we'll be making at the event.

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: The Equinox Approaches

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

This month, Mars remains in the southwest at dusk this month as it pulls away from Saturn. Mars continues to fade a little each night as Earth continues to leave it farther behind. Mars is near Antares in Scorpius by … Continue reading ?

Participatory Moment of Zen: Diverse Visitor Contributions Add Up to Empathy

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Whoever wrote this comment card: thank you. You made my month. For those who can't see the image, the card reads:When I first saw the "pastports" I didn't really understand, but after reading what people wrote in them I felt an overwhelming connection to all the words of so many random people. Show More Summary

STEM & GEMS: Chemical Engineer Stevie Showalter Talks Nerdy To Us

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s Note: As part of our annual GEMS (Girls Exploring Math and Science) program, we conduct interviews with women who have pursued careers in science, technology, engineering, or math. This week, we’re featuring Stevie Showalter, ALLEX Program Participant for Air Liquide. HMNS: How old … Continue reading ?

Visualizing Consciousness: Hybrids, Fractals, and Ritual

Mandalas are geometric maps of Vajrayana Buddhist visionary worlds. Whether painted or sculpted, they typically consist of nested squares and circles whose fractal geometries define the center of the cosmos and the four cardinal directions. Minutely detailed and saturated with philosophical meaning, mandalas are a feast for the eyes and the mind. For Buddhist meditators, [...]

My Bags are (almost) Packed

On September 6th, I head out for five weeks away from home, in all kinds of surprising locations, places where I expect to learn, to be challenged by new situations, to connect with old friends, to make new ones; and much, much more....Show More Summary

Divide and conquer: Creating new queendoms

What’s a beekeeper to do when fall is around the corner, winter mortality is unnervingly high, and you’ve got just one hive? Make new queens, of course! (Right … just like that!) I’ve been helping Chad Franer, Director of Horticulture, keep bees at the IMA for six years and every season we both learn something […]

Meet Chris Fischer from Ocearch today at HMNS!

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Today at HMNS – meet Chris Fischer, Founding Chairman and Expedition Leader for OCEARCH who will be here today at the opening of our new special exhibition Shark! Event Details:Friday, August 292:00 – 4:00 p.m.Glassell Hall in front of Shark! exhibit Tickets:FREE for … Continue reading ?

Teaching next-gen art making for the next generation of artists

Since we first made use of our 3D printer, we’ve grown the number of things we’ve used it for, ranging from creating a participatory experience...

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