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Luce Unplugged: Five Questions with DTMD

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

The Walking Sticks performs at a previous Luce Unplugged Showcase Mark your calendars, another Luce Unplugged Community Showcase is upon us! Next Friday, May 16th, the Luce Foundation Center will once again host a night of art and live music...

D-Day, Part I: What happened in the years preceding the Normandy landings

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

June 6, 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of France. By 1944, World War II had raged for almost five years in Europe. It took another year of bitter fighting before it was all over. The Allied … Continue reading...

The Procrastinator’s Guide to Mother’s Day: Let our Museum Store make her day

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and we’re stocked full of gifts for every mom — in our Mother’s Day Gift Guide! Whether the mom you’re shopping for loves to sparkle or stays low-key, is a Suzie Homemaker or a fierce … Continue reading ?

Guest Post by Porchia Moore: Performing Blackness--Museums, Mammies, and Me

2 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Kara Walker, The Emancipation Approximation (Scene 18) This guest post was written by Porchia Moore, a third year doctoral candidate in Library Science and Museum Management at the University of South Carolina. I was first exposed to Porchia’s work in the fall 2013 issue of Exhibitionist. Show More Summary

Selling or Sharing?

Last week I spoke to students in a public history course at SUNY Delhi. These students were not going to become public historians, rather it was an honors course for students majoring in subjects ranging from culinary arts to nursing. Show More Summary

Are we there yet? Dr. John Kappelman discusses Africa and the human evolutionary journey at HMNS

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

In the history of mankind, there have been three major migrations: two of these happened a long time ago, and one (of the “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” type) happened in our own lifetime.  About … Continue reading ?

Flowers: Still life and still living

One of the treasures of the Clowes Collection, Flowers in a Glass Vase  (c. 1630) by Ambrosius Bosschaert the Younger captures the Dutch passion for still life with impeccable precision. Flower still lifes had begun to appear in the Dutch Republic around 1600 and were highly prized for their ability to preserve the fleeting beauty […]

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: Changing stars remind us that summer’s coming

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Jupiter remains well placed for evening observing all spring. Look for it in the west at dusk, outshining all the stars we ever see at night.  Mercury appears in the evening sky this month. Too close to the Sun to … Continue reading...

The bold and the beautiful: Glitz and glam galore adorn HMNS at the Bulgari gala

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Traveling from all over the globe, top Bulgari executives joined local Museum and jewelry enthusiasts for a night celebrating gorgeous gems in our dazzling city – the opening gala for Bulgari: 130 Years of Masterpieces at the Houston Museum of … Continue reading ?

What is the Vajrayana?

The Vajrayana is literally the “Lightning Vehicle” of Buddhism. The Sanskrit word yana means “vehicle” – a means of transport capable of taking the practitioner from ordinary awareness to the experience of awakening (bodhi).  For its part, the word vajra means “lightning,” a translation that emphasizes the power and swiftness of its methods. Although the [...]

All that glitters is … Bulgari! Jeweler to the stars sparkles at HMNS starting May 2

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

HMNS is proud to partner with Bulgari to present Bulgari: 130 Years of Masterpieces, opening Friday, May 2. Founded in Rome in 1884, Greek silversmith Sotirio Bulgari set the stage for Bulgari to become a permanent emblem of Italian excellence. With passionate … Continue reading ?

Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

American Art's latest exhibition, Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget, opens tomorrow, May 2 and runs through August 3, 2014. Leslie Umberger, curator of folk and self-taught art tells us a bit about the artist and his work. To see more...

Don’t fight the dark: Five simple ways to cut down on light pollution

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

When you visit the George Observatory, you’ll notice signs that say, “Please no white lights.” You’ll also see that all our outside lights are red. The reason we do this is to fight light pollution and create a dark-sky-friendly environment … Continue reading ?

Can You "Toyota" It? Lessons from the Factory Floor

One hallmark of a creative organization is the ability to look outside your usual realm. Guest blogger Trevor Jones, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Kentucky Historical Society, shares his team's learning from the world of automotive manufacturing. Show More Summary

Want to Work at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History? Now's Your Chance.

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

This week, I'm celebrating three years on the job as the executive director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. This spring marked a big conceptual shift for me and the museum. We are now squarely out of turnaround and into growth mode. Show More Summary

Looking to move? Try Mars! Robert Zubrin on the fast track to colonizing Mars

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

In July 1989, on the 20th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing, President George H.W. Bush called for America to renew its pioneering push into space with the establishment of a permanent Lunar base and a series of human missions … Continue reading ?

Creating an Autoportrait: Kate Oberreich

 Obscured beneath the simple words, numbers, shapes, and colors found in much of Robert Indiana’s work are essential memories and symbols of the artist’s life. Indiana’s visual vocabulary is encrypted with personal symbolism. This is particularly evident in his long series of Autoportraits. Show More Summary

Tired from a long journey, faded monarchs seek homes for the next generation

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

My friends Bob and Bev photographed this very faded, tattered female monarch flying around the milkweed plants in their backyard near the Museum last week. The butterfly is a migrant from Mexico, looking for places to lay her eggs as … Continue reading ?

James Franco: to Barf or Not to Barf, That is the Question

If everybody hates you, you must be doing something right. Right? So what happens when both of the top art critics in New York slam your work on two different days, delivering a one-two knock out punch? It’s enough to drive most artists to suicide! The question is – do you go down for the […]

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