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CrossLines Teaches a Generous Lesson

While in DC, like many other AAM participants, I got a chance to visit CrossLines, a two-day exhibition in the Arts and Industries Building at the Smithsonian, developed by the Asia Pacific American Center there. It was described asShow More Summary

Marvel at the Mythic Motion of our Movie Monster Makers!

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

At the Houston Museum of Natural Science, we had an amazing first week of Movie Monster Maker, our newest Xplorations Summer camp. In this camp, the kids learn to do stop-motion animation, apply movie monster makeup and prosthetics, and learn a … Continue reading ?

Curator's Travel Journal: In Rufino Tamayo's Footsteps (6)

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

E. Carmen Ramos, curator of Latino Art at SAAM, was recently in Mexico to research her upcoming exhibition on the acclaimed 20th-century Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo’s lengthy residence and production in New York City. This is the sixth and final post Carmen scribed from the road. Show More Summary

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 6/6-6/12

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Last week’s featured #HMNSBlockParty creation is by Jeff (age 28):  Want to get your engineering handwork featured? Drop by our Block Party interactive play area and try your own hand building a gravity-defying masterpiece. Tag your photos with #HMNSBlockParty. Block Party, … Continue reading ?

Feeling Washed Up? Consider the State of the Ocean on World Oceans Day

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Recently I’ve been to the beach. I went down to visit an old friend, the USS Lexington. I had stayed aboard her back when I was in 9th grade, about a couple of decades ago, and hadn’t seen her since. … Continue reading ?

Making Geometric Images with a Smart Phone and a Teleidoscope

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

In 1817, Scottish inventor and optical scientist Sir David Brewster invented a tube with opposing mirrors running through it and beads of colored glass in one end. He called it the “kaleidoscope,” a word whose Greek roots mean “beautiful shape … Continue reading ?

SAAM's Summer Film Series About Artists

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

What do artists Johannes Vermeer, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Frida Kahlo all have in common? They are all featured in this summer's artist film program at SAAM.

Patrick Dougherty: Branching Out

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

"Everything you can do with a pencil you can do with a stick," artist Patrick Dougherty remarked the other evening at a talk in the Renwick's Grand Salon, as he likened his craft to the art of drawing.

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: Mars Brightest in the Sky During the Month of the Summer Solstice

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Jupiter is now high in the southwest at dusk. It outshines all stars we ever see at night, so you can’t miss it.  Mars and Saturn are now in the southeast at dusk. As you watch them rise, Mars is … Continue reading ?

Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse plans for the future

If you’ve been on our campus recently, you have likely seen the magnificent display of color around the Gardens. This spring, we showcased a record number of blooming bulbs and hosted a stunning orchid exhibition in our Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse. More than ever, we are embracing the natural resources of our diverse 152-acre campus. […]

Unassuming Superheroes Wanted: Join The Art of Relevance Advocacy Team

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

My new book's coming, and I want you to be part of it.I've spent the past year on a quest for relevance, diving deep into how organizations can matter more to more (and more diverse) people. The result is a new book, The Art of Relevance, coming out in a few weeks. Show More Summary

Have Science Fun in the Summer Sun with a Solar Print Kit!

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Texas heat is here, and school’s out for summer. With all that bright sun outside, it’s a great time to play under the open sky. In the spirit of the season, we took science outside with a do-it-yourself kit from … Continue reading ...

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 5/30-6/5

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Last week’s featured #HMNSBlockParty creation is by Leon (age 12):  Want to get your engineering handwork featured? Drop by our Block Party interactive play area and try your own hand building a gravity-defying masterpiece. Tag your photos with #HMNSBlockParty. Behind-the-Scenes … Continue reading ?

Martin Puryear: Multiple Dimensions

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

"Martin Puryear: Multiple Dimensions," opening today at SAAM, is a homecoming for the artist, and the opportunity for us to take a deeper look at Puryear's career.

Learn Hieroglyphics When You Become a Volunteer Docent at HMNS!

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

by Gillian Callan Egyptian hieroglyphs. Once thought to be magic writings that contained the secrets to life, they were deciphered by Thomas Young and Jean Francois Champollion in the early 1800’s. What mysteries did they contain? For the majority of … Continue reading ?

Mistakes Were Made

My time at AAM is brief this year, but I hope you'll consider checking out the two Saturday sessions I'm participating in, First up, I get to share my big mistake in Sean Kelly's deservedly famous session, Mistakes were Made session, along with Sean and George Neptune. Show More Summary

Explore Movie Monsters this Summer with All-New Special FX Camp

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

When I was a kid, I lived a couple of years in Singapore. There, at the time, the media was somewhat censored, so your TV viewing options on a Saturday afternoon were limited. Consequently, I have seen the 1981 film … Continue readi...

Seeing Things (16): Time and the Photographic Image

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Photography has a way with time. Two works of art, both photographic series currently on view, speak to each other in a poignant dialogue without words. In the Lincoln Gallery, on SAAM's third floor, Nicholas Nixon's The Brown Sisters can be seen on the wall adjacent to Camilo José Vergara's series 10828 S. Show More Summary

No Bones About It: Forensic Workshop Provides Evidence for an Awesome New CSI Summer Camp

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

At the Houston Museum of Natural Science, we understand the value of education, as it is an integral part of our overall mission. The value placed on education extends to museum employees as well. Whether through offering CPR training to … Continue reading ?

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 5/23-5/29

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Last week’s featured #HMNSBlockParty creation is by Makinley (age 9):  Want to get your engineering handwork featured? Drop by our Block Party interactive play area and try your own hand building a gravity-defying masterpiece. Tag your photos with #HMNSBlockParty. Memorial Day … Continue reading ?

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