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Nothing That Meets the Eye: An Introduction

Patricia Highsmith’s short story “The Great Cardhouse” (1963) centers on Lucien Montelhuc, a wealthy art collector whose passion is hunting down only the most expertly done forgeries of Old Masters, finding “bona fide masterpieces […] too natural, too easy, too boring”...

Building Social Capital One Cup at a Time

I’ve been thinking about social capital a great deal lately. Students in my online Museums and Community Engagement course for Johns Hopkins have been reading and puzzling about how museums, institutions, can build social capital and...Show More Summary

April is here! Get Ready to Celebrate Earth Day all month long in Houston.

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Well it’s that time of year again. Happy April everyone! With the April flowers come Earth Day celebrations. While the official Earth Day is April 22, Houstonians like to celebrate Earth Day every weekend in April. Even better, all these … Continue reading ?

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: Lunar Eclipse on April 4

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Mars remains in the west at dusk this month as it moves through Aries. Mars continues to fade a little each night as Earth continues to leave it farther behind. Later on this month, Mars begins to be lost in … Continue reading ?

Yasuo Kuniyoshi: Bearing the Weight

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Opening today, the exhibition, The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi, looks at the evolution of the artist's work, and is the first comprehensive exhibition about the artist in the U.S. since 1948. It remains on view through August 30, 2015.

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 3/30-4/5

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week! Lecture – Samurai: Men Of War In An Age Of Peace By David HowellTuesday, March … Continue reading ?

Luce Unplugged: 5 +1 Questions with Gully Waters

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Come at 5:30 p.m. next Thursday, April 9th to American Art's Luce Foundation Center to grab a drink from the bar (cash only!), explore the artworks of the Luce Center, and hear an art talk on a work chosen by the band; catch Gully Waters' set at 6 p.m.

MAH Theory of Change, Part 2: A Multimedia Walkthrough for Your Feedback

2 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Last week, Ian David Moss and I both blogged about the process of developing a theory of change for the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. Here's my post, and his. This week, I'm focusing on the WHAT of the project instead of the HOW, with a slideshow we made to describe the theory. Show More Summary

The Edge Effect

BAASICS: Bay Area Art and Science Interdisciplinary Collaborative Sessions We met with Selene Foster and Christopher Reiger at Gracias Madre to talk about their collaboration through BAASICS, the nonprofit they founded together as a means of exploring contemporary topics through the juxtaposition of art and science. Show More Summary

Go Back in Time with the Hadza: Last of the First Movie Screening

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

There are fewer people connected to nature now than ever before—and no one connected to it in the same way as the Hadza. One of the last hunter-gather groups on earth, the Hadza have lived sustainably off the bounty of … Continue reading ?

Label? What?

I'm in L'viv, Ukraine, for a month, so many posts to come from here (and if you want to see what this beautiful city looks like, you can follow me on Instagram). but first I'm trying to catch up on some other interesting things I've seen this year. Show More Summary

A Bop Prosody: erica lewis and Mark Stephen Finein on Raymond Saunders

It lifts you up. It gets its way.It doesn’t want to be understood but it wants to say something.It wants you to like it.It is also true.

Luce Unplugged: Five Questions with Baby Bry Bry

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Beloved punk rockers Baby Bry Bry & The Apologists (BBB) will kick off our first Thursday Luce Unplugged on March 26th. The Apologists split the difference between cutesy boy band and serious punk outfit and are known for putting on a great show.

Inside Out

The most passionate debates in our office have centered around how we are using geofencing in our upcoming app to present different information to users dependent upon...

All Tied Up – A New Addition to the Hall of Ancient Egypt at HMNS

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Over the last couple of weeks, eagle-eyed visitors to the Hall of Ancient Egypt may have noticed that things look somehow different. If it’s not any bigger than before, the Hall is certainly better stocked than before – we have added … Continue reading ?

Developing a Theory of Change, Part 1: A Logical Process

2 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

This is the first in a two-part series about the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History’s new theory of change. This week, Ian David Moss and I are each writing blog posts about our collaborative process to develop a theory of change at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. Show More Summary

Innovation Handi-hour

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Join us on Wednesday, March 25, in the Luce Foundation Center from 5:30 to 9 p.m. in the Smithsonian American Art Museum as we celebrate craft and innovation with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office with our latest Handi-hour.

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 3/23-3/29

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week! Behind-the-Scenes ToursTuesday, March 24 6:00 p.m.Samurai: The Way of the WarriorWitness the exquisite objects … Continue reading ?

On Being-Hated: Werner Schroeter, Erika Staiti, “Community”

Let’s start with where I can’t go. I could have one lover, maybe two; I could text someone I don’t know from the Internet and meet them on a street corner, kiss them when we don’t yet know each other’s names. I could stand on the same street corner, abandoned callously by someone else’s lover, […]

Computers and Art

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

This blog post is adapted from an essay written by Michael Mansfield, associate curator of film and media arts, to accompany the exhibition, Watch This! Revelations in Media Art, opening April 24 and running through September 7.

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