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What Happens When a Viral Participatory Project is Too Successful? Diagnosing the Power of the Love Locks

2 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Last week, the international press lit up with a story from Paris: the city is removing the "love locks" from the Pont des Arts bridge. 45 tons of rusting padlocks, inscribed with lover's names, were hauled off to protect the historic bridge and its views of the city. Show More Summary

Managing Expecations

We’ve talked a lot about how user expectations helped shape our implementation. There are times when it’s incredibly valuable to listen to your users, but there...

Yasuo Kuniyoshi as Teacher

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

This is the second in a series of guest blog posts by the Archives of American Art's Mary Savig and Jason Stieber focused on the life of the artist Yasuo Kuniyoshi.

Darkness at the Edge of Town: Steve Polta on Lewis Baltz

Steve Polta Darkness at the Edge of Town Lewis Baltz (b. Newport Beach CA 1945; d. Paris, 2014) In their totality, the series and surveys of photographer Lewis Baltz detail an entropic world of chaotic construction and semi-domestic (and semi-domesticated) landscape. He is known for black and white photos which depict a humanity-free, dead/dying landscape with […]

The Things I Made at Summer Camp

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Xplorations Summer Camp has been an integral part of summer at the Houston Museum of Natural Science for decades, and it was a large part of my childhood too. Over the years, I took all sorts of camps covering subjects … Continue reading ?

Buzzing Around: A Mentee Reflects on Professional Development

Each year, I ask my mentees to share something about their work and their ongoing learning in a few blog posts. First up this year, Susan Fohr, who is Education Programs Coordinator at the Textile Museum of Canada in Toronto. My identity...Show More Summary

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: Mars aligns with Earth and sun, solstice on its way

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Venus is in the west at dusk. At dusk, look high over the point of sunset for the brightest thing there; it outshines everything but the Sun and the Moon.  Jupiter is also in the west as soon as night … Continue reading ?

Luce Unplugged: Five Questions with Tomás Pagán Motta

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Local singer/songwriter Tomás Pagán Motta, who released his debut solo album earlier this year, will at our Luce Unplugged on June 11th. His cozy, mellow vocals are certainly a perfect fit for the acoustics in our space. Tomás is busy preparing for a tour this fall, but took some time to answer a few questions for us.

Graphics Tie It All Together

When we first began thinking about the lobby reconfiguration, the need for flexible and moveable was paramount and all of our discussions with the design...

Learn to Love Your Local Data

2 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Last month at the AAM conference, a speaker said, "we should all be using measures of quality of life to measure success at our museums." I got excited. "We should identify a few key community health indicators to focus on." I got tingly. Show More Summary

Nothing That Meets the Eye: Notes on Clones

“Nothing That Meets the Eye” is a series of essays in which I think through the aesthetic and affective fallout of some of the odder, ubiquitous, and more stubborn byproducts of our culture of copies, reproductions, and fakes.“Taste has no system and no proofs,” writes Susan Sontag at the outset of “Notes on Camp” (1964). Show More Summary

Iceland: The Land of Fire and Ice through the Eyes of a Geologist

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

by Michele Wiechman   When people think of Iceland, the first thing that pops into their heads will likely be “the land of fire and ice.” This is fitting due to the fact that nearly 75 percent of Iceland is … Continue reading ?

Clearer Choices for Better Flow

Shelley and I like to cast a wide net when looking for inspiration and ideas, often looking outside the museum sector from the customer experience...

Luce Design Series: First Up is Stitch and Rivet's Katie Stack

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

In today's design-focused and hand-crafted world, we are always excited to learn more about the people who make the items we use. The Luce Foundation Center's summer series, Luce Design, does just that by bringing in local designers who share about their work and the creativity behind it.

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 6/1-6/7

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week!   Xplorations Summer Science Adventures Begin Monday, June 1st Xplorations Summer Science Adventures are week-long, … Continue reading ?

Juana Berrío on Tacita Dean

The work I want to talk about is Day for Night (2009), a film by British artist Tacita Dean, which is in dialogue with Italian artist Giorgio Morandi and his life-long painting practice.

Stay cool in the rainforest: summer events unfold at the Cockrell Butterfly Center

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Summer is here and the kids are out of school, so what better time to escape the heat and join us here at HMNS for some cool and educational arthropod experiences! The Cockrell Butterfly Center will be welcoming back a … Continue reading ?

Memorial Day Floods: a natural phenomenon

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Flooding changed the face of Houston Monday and Tuesday, turning the peaceful bayou into a raging torrent swelling beyond its banks, spilling over major highways and washing into communities where it did its worst damage. Busy roads turned into lakes … Continue reading ?

Indianapolis Museum of Art Bike Access Route

Recently, there has been much concern expressed over the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s accessibility to bikers who commute to our campus. We appreciate hearing feedback from our guests, especially those who have been visiting us for many years. We fully understand the sense of loss of not being able to use the IMA campus as […]

Five-Tone Kit: Lebbeus Woods & Caroliner

This five-part series — named after a section of composer Lou Harrison‘s (1917-2003) Rhymes With Silver — pairs an image of San Francisco from the SFMOMA Collection with a piece of music also created in or indebted to the Bay Area at large. Show More Summary

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