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Lamintating Snake Skins

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

 A Fressssssh Start To The New Year! This year many people will be rummaging through their closets, discarding old clothing in exchange for a fresh, new look. Our snakes have done sort of the same thing, as many of them … Continue reading ?

2017: New Challenges, New Changes

Regular blog readers will know two things: one, that I've been pondering, post-election, the ways I might be able to make more of a contribution in the world; and two, that my career has taken all sorts of unexpected paths. 2017 will be a big year of change and challenge for me as both those items come into play. Show More Summary

New Acquisitions: Self-Taught Art from the Margaret Z. Robson Collection

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

SAAM has acquired nearly one-hundred works of self-taught art from the collection of Margaret Z. Robson. The paintings, drawings, and sculptures were created by forty-eight artists including James Castle, Thornton Dial Sr., Judith Scott, and Bill Traylor. Show More Summary

Redefining Touch: A Conversation with James Fleming, Kelly Lovemonster, and boychild

On the occasion of Touch On: Aesthetics in the Art, Politics and Ontology of Touch, a group exhibit at SOMArts, Open Space editor-in-chief Claudia La Rocco sat down with curators James Fleming and Kelly Lovemonster and the artist boychild for a conversation about lineage, loss, and the politics of action and expression.   Claudia La Rocco:... More

Sky Events for February 2017

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

This star map shows the Houston sky at 9 pm CST on January 1, 8 pm CST on January 15, and dusk on January 31. To use the map, put the direction you are facing at the bottom.     … Continue reading ?

How We Date Artifacts (And I Don’t Mean Taking Them Out For Dinner)

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

    One of the most common questions we’ve received here at HMNS is how we know how old our artifacts and fossils are. There are a number of different ways to go about aging an object. Relative dating techniques … Continue reading ?

Word Painting

I thought about it late and then early again this morning, why is it that we lay the book down in the middle of reading it (or else clutch it to us) and stare off, as if to assimilate the beauty found there and integrate it within the here — to keep it here —... More

You must walk with eyes behind and in front of you

Qhip nayr uñtasaw sarnaqapxañasa / You must walk with eyes behind and in front of you

2017!

Hello Everyone. Hoping you all had restful holidays, surrounded by loved ones. And chocolate. We’re back in swing as of today: if you need an immediate fix, please have a listen to the latest iteration of Night Scene. Organized by Open Space managing editor Gordon Faylor, this winter solstice series (which concludes next week) pairs images... More

A Baker's Dozen of Great Museum Experiences in 2016

I go to lots of museums every year. If you really want to know how many, you can check out the Google map I keep of my museum visits (museum nerdy I know). Some I go to for work, some for pleasure. Even with those ones visited for fun, I find myself pondering both the why and the how of the work we do. Show More Summary

An American Tale: Camels Go West (And South)

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Photo courtesy of wikipedea   When you think of a camel, you probably imagine it standing in the middle of a North African or Asian desert. Nowadays camels live in the arid climates of the Middle East and Central Asia, … Continue reading ?

Isamu Noguchi: Watering the Art

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Objects conservators have a challenging job. On any given day Ariel O'Connor, an art object conservator at SAAM, might be asked to research, examine, document, and treat works of art made with bronze, wood, plastic, stone, plaster, glass, and many, many other types of materials. Show More Summary

Moments frozen in time.

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  Archaeologists study past human behavior. We do so using material evidence left behind that tells us of that behavior. Artifacts and architecture retrieved from the past may be esthetically pleasing, but ultimately archaeologists are most interested in the people who … Continue reading ?

Guest Curator Dakin Hart Speaks About the Work of Isamu Noguchi

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

On December 1, Dakin Hart, senior curator of The Noguchi Museum and co-curator of Isamu Noguchi, Archaic/Modern gave a talk at SAAM on the themes of the exhibition. As Hart navigates Noguchi's visionary work, he looks at the artist's ability to take inspiration from the ancient and the modern to create abstract and timeless works.

Fall

Against all presidents, fascists, cops, bros, white supremacists, colonizers, landlords, and those who defend them. Our deepest love and strength for black and indigenous people fighting ongoing genocide. Healing for those in diaspora because of imperialism. Reverence for femmes and queers and endless support for those living with and through dysphoria. This song is an... More

The Winter Solstice And The Rise Of Kukulkan

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  In celebration of the official start of winter today, we proudly present our humble thoughts on the importance of the Sun’s path through the sky as perceived by different cultures around the world. Although it barely seems worth mentioning … Continue reading ?

Need a Mentor? Round 5 Begins!

In my last post I wrote about becoming a mentor. In this post it's all about those of you who want to become a mentee. Are you looking for an outside voice to help you think deeply about both your career and tough issues in the field?...Show More Summary

Sea Scorpions: Terrifying Predators of the Paleozoic

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

 Photo courtesy of wikipedia  https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eurypterus_Paleoart.jpg   Eurypterids: your may never have heard of them, but you will come to fear them. They appear in the fossil record during the Ordivician Period, over 400 million years ago, and finally went extinct … Continue reading ?

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