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Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 11/2-11/8

3 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!  Film Screening – Making North Armerica with Dr. Robert T. BakkerTuesday, Nov. 36:00 p.m.Join … Continue reading ?

From Digital to Dust

Kanye West, “Through the Wire”, from The College Dropout (2003). There’s no accounting for the habits of the collector. Some spend their lives focused on a single niche, others hop around specialties and formats, playing hopscotch with the cultural artifacts that define their obsessions and fill their apartments. As a lifelong collector of recorded music I... More

Top 10 Most Popular Instagram Skeletons

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Through the month of October, Houston Museum of Natural Science Marketing put together an all-out campaign to prep for Halloween, and we had a blast doing it. On Instagram, we took our creepiest skeletons, screened them through a black and … Continue reading ?

13 Freaky finds at HMNS

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Tentacles, bodies and skeletons, oh my! No matter how beautiful or how vital to the history of natural science and life on Earth, some things are just a little freaky. Check out this short list of our top 13 strange, … Continue reading ?


Maysoun Wazwaz is an arts administrator, advocate, educator, dancer, and activist. This is a real grab bag of a list. I started off with so many links and spent a lot of time thinking about what I wanted to share with you. Should I organize a Top 10 list? Is there a specific topic on... More

From Paris to Brooklyn: Crosscurrents Between Picasso and Smith

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

One word that comes to mind when visiting the newly opened exhibition, Crosscurrents: Modern Art from the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Collection, is liberation. It's not just one generation breaking from the one before, it's a sense that the modern twentieth century opened a world never before imagined.

Zahi Hawass delivers inspiring speech at HMNS Excellence in Science Luncheon

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

He’s met President Barack Obama, Shia LaBeouf, Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, Megan Fox and Susan Sarandon. He looked King Tutankhamun in the face, burrowed under the Sphinx and claims to have found the temple of Alexander the Great and the … Continue reading ?

Postcards from Disneyland

Walt Disney is oft-quoted as saying, “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” After growing dissatisfied with the stifling bureaucracy of the Hollywood movie studios, and the fact that a film, by its very nature, must end, Disneyland was quite literally a... More

Luce Unplugged: Five Questions (plus one) with Jules Hale

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

If you missed our recent Luce Unplugged, you still have a chance to catch one this fall. Next Thursday, November 5th at 6 p.m. Den-Mate will play a Luce Unplugged set. There will also be a pre-show discussion of the artist's favorite Luce artwork.

Creepy Bugs, Un-spooked

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Here’s a task for you: try to rid your audience of their phobias by taking up-close photos of some of the creepiest bugs in our collection. Some are venomous, some do bite, but as usual, none of them want to hurt … Continue reading ...

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 10/26-11/1

4 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!  Lecture – Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human RubbleMonday, Oct. … Continue reading ?

1506 Words, Including 15 Footnotes

“What am I going to say? Amount of work I do, me & my friends, support the writing habit — as poverty is outlaw writing is outlaw — computer — great — but no more money — I get off & I still have a body & I still have to eat…”       — Kathy Acker,... More

Observe One Thing Everyday

Last week I spent a day at the Old Manse, in Concord, MA. It was a gorgeous fall day and our goal for the day was to consider interpretive planning in the context of this site, home to Hawthorne and Emerson, and a place of great conversation. Show More Summary

Hurricane Patricia breaks records and threatens Mexico and Texas

4 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

In only 24 hours, the strongest hurricane on record was born. Hurricane Patricia, now poised to dump devastating rains over Central Mexico and blast 200 mile-per-hour sustained winds, measures 800 millibars of central pressure, two millibars lower than Hurricane Wilma. … Continue reading ?

Halloween How-to: Make a Spooky Skeleton Out of Recycled Milk Jugs!

4 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Halloween requires skeletons. (And so does El Dia de los Muertos, for that matter…) If you’re on a budget but like to decorate, or you’re crazy about recycling, or you’re the crafty type who loves to add custom flair to … Continue reading ?

Seeking Your Stories of Relevance and Irrelevance for a New Book Project

4 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Dear Museum 2.0 friends,I know I that I haven't been sharing a lot on the blog, but behind the scenes, you've inspired me to write more than ever. Energized by the response to the blog series this summer on relevance, I've decided to write a book on the topic. Show More Summary

Luce Artist Talk: Erin Curtis

4 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

The Luce Foundation Center welcomes artist Erin Curtis on Sunday, October 25th, starting at 1 p.m. for our latest Luce Artist Talk.

The New Open Space

To our readers and friends — welcome to the new Open Space. Since our launch in 2008, Open Space has been commissioning and supporting experimental and critical responses to art, institutions, and culture, in the Bay Area particularly. We’ve worked with hundreds of writers and artists, poets and editors, musicians, filmmakers, curators, and critics in... More

A More Open Open Space

Think of an open space … a vast open space with unobstructed views, multiple vantage points. Imagine how sound travels freely in that space (or thoughts for that matter). Ahh … sounds amazing. Is this what you had in mind? I remember thinking the previous Open Space felt extremely open and reader-friendly, and while it... More

User Guide to the New Open Space & the Fall Season

When we started working on the Open Space relaunch, it quickly became clear that our contributors would benefit from an expanded — rather than condensed — set of places and ways we could organize their content. Our new platform preserves many of our old (and beloved) standards while adding new ones, and gives us an... More

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