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Conversation Pieces: The Value of Dialogue in Art Museums

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Joanna Marsh, Senior Curator of Contemporary Interpretation, fills us in on the theory behind Conversation Pieces, a discussion-based public program that takes place monthly in SAAM's galleries.

The Museum Social Action Project at MuseumNext New York

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum Marketing

MuseumNext is very much a collaboration which brings together museum professionals to share what they feel is important and exciting, that is true of the presentations and workshops which our community propose through our call for papers and through the other activities which form our conference fringe. Show More Summary

Luce Unplugged: Five Questions + Two with Hand Grenade Job

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

On November 4, Hand Grenade Job (HGJ) performs at our Fall Luce Unplugged Community Showcase in the Luce Foundation Center. We teamed up with Washington City Paper to present this experimental post-Americana duo from the D.C. DIY punk scene. With Beck Levy playing guitar and Erin McCarley on percussion, both women are vocalists and multi-instrumentalists.

Lecture: Update in Egyptology

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

On October 26, 2016 Dr. Mostafa Waziri and Salah El Masekh will present a lecture in our Wortham Gian Screen Theater. Titled Update in Egyptology the lecture will discuss some of the most exciting discoveries being made right now in Egypt. … Continue reading ?

Quick Hit: Art of Relevance Video, Podcast, and a Google Hangout this week

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

I've been traveling a lot recently, exploring the ideas behind The Art of Relevance with colleagues around the US. Here are two artifacts of my travels... and an opportunity to join in on a virtual/real life meetup this Wednesday.VIDEO...Show More Summary

HMNS Weekly Happenings

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Spirits and Skeletons!   October 29, 2016 | 8 p.m. – midnight   Sponsored by Audi Central Houston Calling all ghosts and ghouls, monsters and mummies, witches and werewolves: Houston’s favorite Halloween party — the one and only Spirits & … Continue reading ?

Elegant Uprooted Things: Jack Spicer, California, and Psychoanalysis

When Jack Spicer was three years old, he was taken from his parents’ house in Los Angeles to live with his grandmother in the Midwest. His mother had become pregnant with Spicer’s brother, and it was believed by some that young children should not be exposed to pregnancy. “As an unfortunate result,” biographers Lew Ellingham... More

Reenvisioned Galleries of Folk and Self-Taught Art

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

The Smithsonian American Art Museum's ground floor galleries of Folk and Self-Taught Art reopen today with a compelling, new installation that features more than 120 objects, including 59 new acquisitions. These include works by artists such as Emery Blagdon, Ralph Fasanella, Clementine Hunter, Eddy Mumma, and Achilles Rizzoli. Show More Summary


Today's guest post is by Caren Ponty, a former student of mine in the Johns Hopkins University Museum Studies Program. She brings a wealth of experience from her career in community development, a perspective that inform her reflections on several efforts, on both sides of the Atlantic, to re-contextualize museum collections. Show More Summary

Your Words Here.

Last July, we put out an open call, requesting “a word, phrase, or sentence for a poster that can be used by anyone, be it for a march, to tape to a window, stick in a cubicle, or hand out on the streets.” We wanted to recognize and respond to the turmoil and tensions that abound locally,... More

Throwback Thursday: Art Critic Adam Gopnik on What Makes American Art American

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

During this election season, Americans have been debating what it means to be American. So, it's fitting to consider what is American about American art. In October 2012, Adam Gopnik, writer for The New Yorker, spoke about this as part of SAAM's Clarice Smith Lecture series.

Dead Things That Might Be Under Your House!

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The line between hallowed ground and home is a thin one in Houston. Our city isn’t exactly known for the preservationist spirit of its citizens, and looking out your window at skyscrapers or suburban expanses, you may not see any … Continue reading ?

Part 2 :: Rickey ‘n Dickey

Lime Rickey International…noise…nation. Poet James Dickey wrote “Strength of Fields” for the inauguration of Jimmy Carter in 1977. Tell me in a voice the sea          Would have, if it had not a better one: as it lifts,           Hundreds...Show More Summary

Guess This Sound!

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

You guys have penchant for answering the riddles we pose on social media faster than greased lightning, so we thought we would crank up the difficulty level. And in honor of the month of Halloween, our challenges will all have … Continue reading ?

Swifter than eagles! Stronger than lions!

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, 1971; AOL Time Warner Nope, not the Hsawaknow but extraordinary beasts instead, arising from where the fantastical and the wondrous collide.   Some animals are so exotic that their initial discovery is difficult … Continue reading ?


I always knew of my heritage that traces back through time to the Native people of the Monterey area. But I didn’t grow up with the songs, stories, or baskets of my Rumsen Ohlone ancestors. By the time I was born, in 1949, these things had essentially vanished, a result of the Spanish missions and... More

HMNS Weekly Happenings

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

BTS – Mummies of the World: The Exhibition   Mummies of the World: The Exhibition presents a collection of mummies from Europe, South America and ancient Egypt-some 4,500 years old.   Go behind-the-scenes and learn about mummies and mummification through … Continue reading ?

Knock Wood: The Future of Furniture is in their Hands

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Furniture "affects every single aspect of who we are and what we do though we don't always acknowledge that," said Nora Atkinson, the Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft at the Renwick Gallery, in her introductory remarks at the recent Maloof Symposium, Furniture and the Future. Show More Summary

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