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Surf's Up at American Art!

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

The dog days of summer and the beach beckons but can't get out of town? Well, American Art can help with that.

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: The Perseids are back August 12!

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

This month, Mars is in the southwest at dusk this month. Mars continues to fade a little each night as Earth continues to leave it farther behind. Still, Mars rivals the brightest stars we see at night. Saturn is also in the … Continue reading ?

"Their Lives are Full of Art" Visiting the Museum of Innocence

This past spring, Marieke van Damme and I separately had the chance to visit the Museum of Innocence, in Istanbul, winner of this year’s European Museum of the Year award. We had a great conversation about it, and she’s been good enough to share her thoughts here on this unusual museum experience, created by Nobel Prize winning author Orhan Pamuk. Show More Summary

Chemistry Demonstrations: This Eureka Moment is brought to you by HMNS Volunteers

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s note: Today’s post was written by Monica L. McHam, a volunteer docent here at the Museum. “EUREKA!” In his excitement, Archimedes runs down the street, naked and dripping wet from his bath. In this legend, he makes a discovery … Continue reading ?

Two Indiana plants

There are multiple plants throughout the gardens that are native to Indiana, others to the United States, and still many more from other countries, as well as those of a cultivated origin. With this wide array of possibilities, it is nice every now and again to focus on something found originally in the state of […]

Family Ties: Marc Fasanella on his Father's Painting Family Supper

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

On the occasion of the exhibition, Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget, marking the artist's one-hundredth birth anniversary, Ralph's son Marc shares his thoughts on his father's iconic painting, Family Supper. Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget closes this Sunday, August 3, at American Art.

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What is without reason, is monstrous. What is with singular reason, is monstrous. What ignores reason over a singular, driving motive, is monstrous. What is reasonable will get you from the top of the steps of your home, where you tie...Show More Summary

Five Questions (+2) with Stephen Vitiello: Sound Advice

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

In honor of the Nam June Paik birthday celebration, electronic musician and sound artist Stephen Vitiello will speak in American Art's Lincoln Gallery (3rd floor, East Wing) on August 1 at 5:30 p.m. Eye Level had a chance to check in with him and ask him about art, sound, and his interactions with Nam June Paik.

Conservation student Kate Brugioni blows the lid off the restoration process for ancient Egyptian artifacts

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s note: This fall some changes are coming to the HMNS Hall of Ancient Egypt. Some artifacts will leave and others are coming in on new loans. As we prepare for this, NYU third-year art conservation student Kate Brugioni will … Continue reading ?

Making Meaningful Connections: Inspiring New Report from Irvine and Helicon

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Our work to transform the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History into a participatory and community-centered place has been heavily supported by the James Irvine Foundation. I've learned a lot from Irvine Foundation staff and partners directly. Show More Summary

Educator How-To: Be your own knight in shining armor with homemade chain maille

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

When people think of knights, they generally think of armor, too. The plate armor most associated with knights was actually a fairly recent invention. Armor started as quilted shirts and thick leather pieces to cover arms and legs (if you … Continue reading ?

Excited about Echinacea

What can you find in the garden that is tall, purple, and named after a hedgehog? Echinacea, of course! Echinacea comes from the Greek word echinos, meaning hedgehog, because of the spiny centers of the flower heads. I am sure that many are familiar with the purple coneflower because of its popularity in the Eastern […]

American Art's Outdoor Sculpture Instagram Challenge

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

This July, American Art held its first Instagram Challenge through a partnership with Restless Collective (RC), a New York-based multimedia collective specializing in travel and adventure storytelling. For 30 days in July, we invited everyone to explore and interact with alfresco art anywhere: discovering it locally or traveling on summer vacation.

Update: Disaster Plans for People

I wanted to update my last post about disaster plans for people as I've had great emails, great comments here, and great conversation threads on both ICOM and AAM LinkedIn groups. All you stimulated additional thinking and clarity on my part, helping to shape my upcoming presentation. Show More Summary

In this Case: Visitor's Choice #3

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Getting to know some of our visitors was the inspiration for a new blog series, Visitor's Choice. In this series, we ask our regulars about their favorite artworks and why they like them. Since everyone has a unique relationship with art, some of the posts will be more in-depth than others, some might reflect the artist's intent, and some might have more of a personal meaning.

It’s as easy as A-B-C: Five reasons to book a back-to-school field trip this fall

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The beginning of the school year is lurking just around the corner … … which we love here at HMNS, where we are even more passionate about education than we are about dinosaur poop (ahem, coprolites). Our venues are chock-full of fun, … Continue reading ?

STEM & GEMS: CB&I’s Katie Balko engineers her future

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s Note: As part of our annual GEMS (Girls Exploring Math and Science) program, we conduct interviews with women who have pursued careers in science, technology, engineering, or math. This week, we’re featuring Katie Balko, Process Engineer at CB&I.HMNS: How old were you … Continue reading ?

Art-o-Mat Swap Meet, Take 2

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

The American Art Museum will host its second Art-o-mat® swap meet on Saturday, July 26 in collaboration with Artists in Cellophane. Artists will gather in our Luce Foundation Center from all over the country for an afternoon of meet and greets, artist demoes, and artpak making. Show More Summary

A Tale of Two Compys: What Jurassic Park got right — and wrong — about dino anatomy

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

OMG I was such a dino-geek in college. I had other interests — I was enraptured by sculpture and took the fabled freshman History of Art course. The collage shown here was taped together during the lectures on the Renaissance renewal … Continue reading ?

Towers of ‘taters!

You say poh-tay-toe and I say poh-tah-toe and, considering the fact that potatoes play a significant role in food supplies worldwide, there are lots of ways to say POTATO in dozens and dozens of languages! Researchers have found that the potato originated from South America. Its stellar ability to be stored long-term allowed it to […]

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