This post is part of an ongoing series on Eye Level: Q and Art, where American Art's Research department brings you interesting questions and answers about art and artists from our archive. Three-Way Portrait of Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and...
In this mini-series, I interview three young artists and recent graduates of UC Santa Cruz whose work addresses policing, state violence, and creative forms of resistance to the Prison Industrial Complex. The second of these interviews is with Kati Teague, whose series, “Have You Seen My Mother,” reckons with her experience of her mother’s incarceration. […]
So you want to be an amateur astronomer? Well there’s never been a better time to explore the heavens — from right here on Earth. Enter the telescope. Telescopes have been around for quite some time. Invented in 1608 in … Continue reading ?
As the conservation technician at the IMA, one of my responsibilities is keeping an eye on the devices that measure temperature and humidity in the galleries. Why? A major aspect of our mission at the museum and the field of conservation is to preserve artworks for generations, and often these artworks are composed of vulnerable […]
As many of you know, I have been very concerned about the lack of email archiving in museums. I chaired a session a few years ago at MCN and found that I am not alone in my concern. Since then, things have not improved. In fact, one might say they have worsened as the volume […]
Hi everyone: Session proposals for the American Association of Museums’ Annual Conference in Seattle (May 18-21, 2014) are due August 26th. Get them in now! Every year, the Media & Technology Professional Network looks for people to teach detailed, often hands-on workshops called Tech Tutorials. These beginner and intermediate workshops are designed to be accessible […]
What will the new year bring? Although at a New Year's Eve party the other night we made predictions and resolutions, serious and silly (think less, climb more mountains, become a powerlifter were among the group's resolutions) I thought I'd just share my own five wishes for the museum field, and for my own work, for 2014. Show More Summary
It's not what you think.It's not a great photo of people enjoying the museum. It's not a witty description of an upcoming event. It's the wishlist.At any given time, we are on a hunter/gatherer mission for an upcoming project at our museum. Show More Summary
When we think of coffee, we normally assume that the best quality coffee comes from Java, Colombia, Ethiopia, or Kona. But maybe it’s time to add Houston to the list! This year at the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Cockrell … Continue reading ?
It is with great pleasure that Open Space is reproducing online for the first time select documentation by Dennis Leon (1933–1998) of the majority of his environmental sculptures. With deepest thanks to Christin Nelson. — TZ Dennis Leon began making unsanctioned, site-specific installations in the Bay Area in 1975, first with a suite of text-based […]
This month, Venus shifts from the evening to the morning sky. For the next few days, look for it low in the southwest at dusk. If no buildings or trees block the view, you can still make out Venus in … Continue reading ?
Our first game drive through the 285 square miles (460 km2) of Lake Manyara National Park did not disappoint. Covering 89 square miles (231 km2) of the park, Lake Manyara is a salt lake ranging from 20 to 50 feet … Continue reading ...
Sick of hearing everyone talk about what they are going to do? Me too. That’s because now, more than ever, talk is cheap and what artists really need is support. For the new year, I put together this list of helpful hints, carefully selected, or you could say curated for you — places for artists to […]
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See that guy? That is Martin, and today we visited his house. He is one of the chiefs of the Irwq tribe, the second largest group in Tanzania (after the Maasi). The Irwq (which is nearly impossible for English speakers … Continue reading ?
Nam June Paik, Untitled (Newspaper Drawings), 1990s, oil stick on printed newsprint, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift to the Nam June Paik Archive from the Nam June Paik Estate My favorite new story comes from the writings of poet Naomi...
Over the holidays, I visited the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and as always in museums, found myself lurking around galleries, watching how people interact with each other and with the art. It was a weekday, and there were lots of school groups. Show More Summary
The New Year approaches, bringing my favorite program to the museum—our traditional Japanese New Year’s Bell Ringing Ceremony. It’s hard not to be compelled to take part in a feel-good ceremony aimed at curbing the 108 mortal desires (bonno), which, according to Buddhist belief, torment humankind. It’s kinda like a twist on the time-honored practice [...]
There’s something new in the Japanese art galleries. Take the escalator to the second floor, turn right, and then right again through the door—you’ll see a large abstract painting of irregular circles and drip-lines, created by punching a canvas with boxing gloves dipped in paint. Beside it is a big hanging scroll in ink on [...]
Ah, Christmas — one of the most beloved holidays ’round the world. There’s nothing like spending quality time with loved ones, giving (and receiving!) gifts, and the smell of your choice of decadent deliciousness roasting in the oven. But did … Continue reading ?