All Blogs / Arts / Museums / Popular


Preparing for a Post-Password Future with Pokemon Cards

Every year a gathering of hackers and information security professionals convene in Washington, DC to discuss how awful and broken the state of computer security...

Film Screening: Aves: Magnificent Frigate Bird, Great Flamingo

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

On Tuesday, January 20 American Art will screen Aves: Magnificent Frigate Bird, Great Flamingo, a film by Nancy Graves, artist and former member of the museum's Commission. The screening is as part of our exhibition The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art. Show More Summary

Is There a Formula for Free Admission?

2 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

There are plenty of great arguments out there for WHY to make museums free. But HOW do you do it?It's much easier for art and history museums than for those museums that rely on admissions for a majority of their income (science, children's). Show More Summary

Wonder Women of STEM: Ada Lovelace, 19th century programmer

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s Note: This post is the second in a series featuring influential women from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields in the lead up to HMNS’ annual GEMS (Girls Exploring Math and Science) event, February 21, 2015. Click here to get … Continue reading ?

Celebrate Small Success but Aim Big

I had asked one of my 2014 mentees, Megan Wood, Edsel and Eleanor Ford House (above) Associate Vice President of Education & Visitor Experience, to do a wrap-up about success, failure and learning in a new job--as that was the focus of many of our year-long conversations. Show More Summary

Luce Artist Talks: Up Next, Tai Hwa Goh

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

American Art's Luce Foundation Center hosts local artists who discuss their work and process in the context of artworks on view in the Luce Center. The Luce Local Art Series is presented in collaboration with CulturalDC. All talks begin at 1:30 p.m. Our next artist talk is by Tai Hwa Goh this Saturday, January 17.

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 1/12-1/18

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! Behind-the-Scenes ToursTuesday, January 136:00 p.m. Samurai: The Way of the WarriorWitness the exquisite objects related … Continue reading ?

Bird Sighting: A Gallery Talk

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

On Tuesday, January 13 American Art will present a gallery talk about the overlap between art and nature as part of our exhibition The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art. Former public programs assistant, Laurel Fehrenbach,...Show More Summary

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: See Comet Lovejoy this month, get a once-in-a-lifetime treat!

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

This month, Mars remains in the southwest at dusk this month as it moves through Aquarius. Mars continues to fade a little each night as Earth continues to leave it farther behind.  Jupiter is now up most of the night. … Continue reading ?

Remembering Mel Casas (1929-2014)

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

San Antonio-based artist Mel Casas died on November 30, 2014 after a two-year battle with cancer. The Smithsonian American Art Museum is proud to own paintings by artist, including Humanscape 62, which was featured in our exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art. Show More Summary

What I Learned about Strangers from Jane Jacobs on my Winter Vacation

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Yes, I was that woman on the beach with a library book about urban planning. And loved it.One of my vacation goals was to think big picture about public space. I'm entrenched in a project to build a creative town square in Santa Cruz connected to my museum. Show More Summary

Wonder Women of STEM: Mary Anning, Fossil Hunter

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s Note: This post is the first in a series featuring influential women from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields in the lead up to HMNS’ annual GEMS (Girls Exploring Math and Science) event, February 21, 2015. Click here to get … Continue reading ?

Challenges using the iPod Touch for a Mobile Testing Environment

In previous blog posts we’ve discussed the results of our initial user testing. In this blog post we’ll talk about the process and challenges of getting...

Dancing into the New Year: Inspirations

To start 2015 in a culture of appreciation, I want to share two recent New York City museum experiences that reinforced for me the importance of joy and creativity in our work.First up, the Cooper Hewitt Museum. Much has been written about all the technology in play at the museum--but that's only part of the reason to go. Show More Summary

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 1/5/15-1/11-15

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Two New Movies Added to Wortham Giant Screen Theatre Lineup Starting Monday, January 5Tiny Giants 3DCome on an extraordinary adventure into magical worlds beneath our feet that most of us never see – one where life is lived at an extraordinary … Continue reading ?

STEMS & GEMS: HMNS’ Erin Mills gives us the buzz on bugs

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s Note: As part of our annual GEMS (Girls Exploring Math and Science) program happening February 21 2015, we conduct interviews with women who have pursued careers in science, technology, engineering, or math. This week, we’re featuring Erin Mills, Entomologist at the Cockrell … Continue reading ?

Throwback Thursday: The Marchbanks Calendar—December by Harry Cimino

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

It's Throwback Thursday! And we at Eye Level have decided it's a great opportunity to bring back some of our interesting posts from the past. Since the holidays signal the start of winter we thought you'd enjoy Howard's post from 2008 on Harry Cimino's The Marchbanks Calendar—December. We here at the Smithsonian American Art Museum wish all of our readers the best for 2015.

What You Lose When You Become Embedded, and a Moment of Mourning for Blog Conversations

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

In the community engagement universe, there's a high premium on arts organizations becoming "embedded" in their communities. Instead of being lone islands of culture, the goal is to be part of the fabric of diverse cultural life.I'm proud of the way that my own museum works on embeddedness. Show More Summary

"New forms work, winds of change"

In a post just after I finished a series of workshops in Ukraine this fall, I wrote about what the four of us had learned as presenters, and promised a follow-up post on what our enthusiastic participants from dozens of museums had learned. Show More Summary

#MuseumsrespondtoFerguson Update

I just wanted to update readers on the many thoughtful responses on the issue of whether museums have a choice and a responsibility to take action on social justice issues, most particularly those of race, occasioned by the recent events in Ferguson, Staten Island, and sadly, other locations throughout the United States. Show More Summary

Copyright © 2015 Regator, LLC