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Food chains link the creatures of coastal ecology

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Don’t stick your hand in that shell! You don’t know who might be home. It could be a carnivorous snail or a “clawsome” crab. Take a look at our Texas state shell, the lightning whelk or left-handed whelk, which feeds … Continue reading ?

Science Starts with density and distance

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

A rousing game of “Will it Float?” occasionally played on The Late Show with David Letterman was really just an impressively popular density guessing game. In our recently added Science Start Outreach Program, Discovering Density, we play a similar game, … Continue reading ?

Five-Tone Kit: Ewan Gibbs & Pauline Oliveros

This brief, 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.

Hard currency: Stone money of the Yap Islands

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

We have all grown accustomed to seeing new forms of payment pop up every day. Cash is used less and less. To be “with the times” now requires making payments electronically, and invisibly. Actual tangible objects, such as coins or … Continue reading ?

Five Questions with Zoe DiGiorgio, President of the University of Maryland's Gamer Symphony Orchestra

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

In honor of the video games on view in American Art's new exhibition "Watch This!" Revelations in Media Art, this Saturday, May 9th, the University of Maryland's Gamer Symphony Orchestra (GSO) will perform in the museum's Kogod Courtyard.

Fighting the Three Dots of User Expectation

In my previous post, I talked a lot about agile development and where we failed it. Agile has also thrown us some serious curves in...

Museum 2.0 Flashback: Threshold Fear

2 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

This week, I was on the radio talking museum inclusion (with Michelle Obama!) and committed the cardinal sin: defining a term using the term itself. The term was "threshold fear"--the sense of discomfort upon walking into an unfamiliar and potentially threatening space.Threshold fear has interested me for a long time. Show More Summary

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 5/4-5/10

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! Special Exhibition: Crystals Of India Closes May 10HMNS at Sugar Land Discover the Crystals of … Continue reading ?

Learning from Agile Fails

As we march toward our June launch for ASK, it’s a good moment to look back at some of the issues we’ve faced along the way....

Luce Artist Talk: Molly Springfield and The Marginalia Archive

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

This month's Luce Artist Talk dives into the connection between the written word and visual art. D.C.-based artist Molly Springfield will talk about the work in her current show at Flashpoint Gallery, The Marginalia Archive, and how her pieces connect to works on view in the Luce Foundation Center.

We Are Not Separate from Politics: AAM and Beyond

Attending AAM is always a whirl of competing priorities. Which session do I go to? Do I skip a session in favor of catching up with a colleague? Where do I find the best fried chicken (in the case of Atlanta) What museum do I want to...Show More Summary

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: Restored Gueymard offers views of brilliant Jupiter this May

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Mercury is low in the west-northwest, below and slightly to the right. It remains visible for the first half of May before returning towards the Sun. Venus is in the west at dusk. Look high over the point of sunset … Continue readin...

Fear the Snail: inside the vicious world of the predatory gastropod

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

So snails suck, right? They’re boring and slow and they don’t do anything cool. Some of them have pretty shells that you find on the beach, but they’re slimy and gross and basically not interesting at all. Said no one … Continue reading ?

Museum curator thanks his inspiration: a sixth-grade history teacher

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

As a museum curator, I have the pleasure of working with lots of volunteers. Most of them are students who are interested in archaeology, anthropology and museum careers. This time of the year, as graduation nears, there is an uptick … Continue reading ?

Building Community: Who / How / Why

2 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

These are the slides and notes for the talk I gave at the American Alliance of Museums conference on Monday, April 27 about the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. There are links embedded to other posts that go deeper into specificShow More Summary

Throwback Thursday: American Art's Commitment to Video and Film

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Last week our latest exhibition opened, "Watch This! Revelations in Media Art." It highlights our media and film collection and will remain open until September 7, 2015. But our media and film initiative has been developing for quite some time. Read on...

Connecting with Curators

Our ASK team has a number of exciting challenges ahead of them. How do you communicate information about art in an informed and engaging way...

Horse around with H. Alan Day and wild mustangs April 30

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

On April 30 at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, cattle rancher, cowboy, and author H. Alan Day will tell the story of establishing a sanctuary in South Dakota for unadoptable wild horses previously warehoused by the Bureau of Land … Continue reading ?

Community Property

unexpected projects is a collaboration between Jenny Salomon and Jen Stager. In this series, they interview other collaborative teams in the Bay Area to find out what their projects and processes are all about. In Conversation: Chris Evans and Ernest Jolly Jr. Show More Summary

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 4/27-5/3

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! Lecture – 5000 Years Of Egyptian History By Tom HardwickTuesday, April 28 6:30 p.m. Accompanied … Continue reading ?

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