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Love and Architecture: A Story Of Houston’s Skyline

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

      Photo courtesy of Wikipedia     A lot of people tend to think that important business people are boring and dispassionate. But it can’t be denied that success in business requires imagination and a little bit of audacity too. This was especially true in the early days of Houston’s oil boom. During […]

Let's Begin Black History Month with Edmonia Lewis' Google Doodle

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

To celebrate Black History Month, SAAM has just launched an online exhibition of Edmonia Lewis' sculpture on Google Arts & Culture. And to promote the exhibition, Google has made Lewis and her sculpture, The Death of Cleopatra, its Google Doodle for today!

One kind favor I ask of you…

Begin part 2 of 4 But before he could determine the question, though not the faintest motion of the air in this infinite waste of wasteless light was manifest, the door that he had left ajar behind him had, unperceived by Mr. Asprey, already begun to stir upon its hinges. There sounded a tiny click... More

Thou Shall Not Paint the Concrete: Guest Revelations by Don Hughes

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

I started my museum career as an exhibit designer. There are many heroes I look up to in that field. But I reserve for Don Hughes that particular blend of admiration and fear that comes when encountering uncompromised brilliance. Don has been the head of exhibits at the Monterey Bay Aquarium for thirty years. Show More Summary

Merge

Merge uses field recordings captured in Chile, Mexico, and the US as displaced instants, unnatural atmospheres, and surreal spatial cues. These sonic fragments are arranged as portals to distorted memories suspended in composition. By...Show More Summary

Xplorations Summer Camp as a former camper (or why you should enter this contest to win a free week of camp!)

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  The Houston Museum of Natural Science’s ticketing software has records going back to July 31, 2007. My family’s first recorded transaction in this system was in August 2007. Needless to say, we love the museum.     My younger brother and I at the Members’ Preview for the brand new Morian Hall of Paleontology […]

Mapping Texas: The Beginning

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

    The image above is the so-called “Waldseemuller Map“, one of the oldest maps on display in our new special exhibit: Mapping Texas: From Frontier to Lone Star State. Titled Tabula Terre Nove, the map was produced in 1513 to be included in a new edition of Claudius Ptolemy’s Geographic , a book that was originally written […]

Luce Unplugged Community Showcase: Five Questions + One with Feedel Band

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

On January 27, Feedel Band and Insect Factory will perform at our Winter Luce Unplugged Community Showcase in the Luce Foundation Center.

Featured Contributor: Brion Nuda Rosch

A few times a season, we like to reach out to a current or former Open Space contributor and find out what they’ve been up to. Brion Nuda Rosch, an artist, curator, and educator, is a columnist in residence and last published work here in 2010. So, Brion, what have you been up to? Balancing my... More

Jurassic Death Trap

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Horseshoe crab death track. Mesolimulus walchi. Solnhofen, Germany. When people walk through our permanent exhibit halls, sometimes they come upon an object that makes them think “what in the world are they doing?“. It can be two fossilized skeletons posed in an unusual arrangement, or an artifact with a strange ritual depicted on it. This […]

Stephanie Stebich Appointed New SAAM Director

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Stephanie Stebich, executive director of the Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma, Wash., since 2005, has been named The Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, effective April 3.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Arrives at HMNS on January 27!

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

 Now in its fifty-second year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the international leader of innovative visual representation in the natural world. This prestigious competition and resulting exhibition, opening at the Houston Museum of Natural Science Jan. Show More Summary

Monday Museum Fact

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  Archaeologist have identified “transgender” coffins. In eras of economic hardship, coffins would be reused by basically taking the original mummy out, laying it aside, and putting someone else in. If the new occupant was a different sex from the original, artists would alter the coffin, taking off beards and adding or subtracting breasts so […]

Reflections on Modernity

My home in Detroit is a one-bedroom apartment in a twenty-two-story structure designed by German architect Mies van der Rohe. This structure (along with several other parcels) was part of the first urban renewal project in America. The neighborhood, Lafayette Park, is now a historical landmark. In his designs, van der Rohe imagined structures that... More

HMNS Weekly Happenings

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Lecture – Field Guide to Prehistoric Mammals by Donald Prothero     Complete with full-color reconstructions of the beasts–many never before depicted–along with photographs of amazing fossils from around the world, Dr. Donald Prothero will take us on a journey to the Paleocene, 65 million years ago after the mass extinction of the dinosaurs. Here […]

Dreader than dread

    Ever since November 9th, I have been living in a state of dread, a low-level, perpetual state of being anxious and worrying about the future, and with good reason. A man who couldn’t even run his own “empire” is now going to run this country. This man is a bully, a thin-skinned sexist... More

Mapping Texas!

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  Texas is a state with a real personality. She is a larger than life character, recognizable across the world. No matter where you go, if you say you are from Texas, people will know exactly what you are referring to.  Texas is America’s Han Solo, John Wayne, and Indiana Jones all rolled into one. […]

Seeing Things (17): Art and Healing

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

This is the seventeenth in a series of personal observations about how people experience and explore museums. Take a look at Howard's other blog posts about seeing things in a museum.

State of the Unions

CLR: Covert Drone War “Women Like Me” On the Everyday Life of Others Speakeasies and Artists Warehouses: A Tale of Two Oaklands Intellectuals for Trump • GMA: Queer Nation Manifesto The Alcatraz Proclamation A New Declaration of Independence White Purity Pink White House Just Seeds Activist Image Toolbox • JGF: “Poem of Commitment” The R.F.... More

What In The World Are They Doing? Visions Of The Black Drink

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  When people walk through our permanent exhibit halls, sometimes they come upon an object that makes them think “what in the world are they doing?“. It can be two fossilized skeletons posed in an unusual arrangement, or an artifact with a strange ritual depicted on it. This article is the second in a weekly […]

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