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D-Day, Part III: “We are coming by day and by night”

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s Note: This is part three of a three-part series exploring the history and significance of D-Day as we approach the 70th anniversary of the battle. Click here to read part one and here for part two. For information on D-Day: Normandy 1944, the … Continue reading ?

The Twilight Zone: Visionary and Geographic Space in the Mandala

When you enter the mandala, you are entering a kind of twilight zone. Certainly this is literally true of the lighting in the gallery. Beyond this, though, the system of Buddhist practice that informs so many objects in the exhibition is based on a kind of language called “twilight” speech. This is symbolic language, twilight [...]

Disinterested or Excluded? Two Very Different Forms of Non-Participation

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

"I hate museums."Imagine two people saying this.For one of them, the statement is grounded in disinterest. She's visited museums, she didn't enjoy them, she's more of a sports person, it's not part of her life, it's not her thing.For the other, the statement is grounded in exclusion. Show More Summary

A1 Travel Grantees

In April 2013, a friend and I started a year-long travel grant for Bay Area artists, offering $1,000 per month, with the only submission requirement being a short paragraph and a few images of past work. Since then we’ve awarded 9 grants to: Chris Fraser, Byron Peters & Cassie Thorton, Pawel Kruk, Llewelynn Fletcher, Jordan […]

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: Break out the sunscreen, ’cause here comes the Summer Solstice

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

This month, Jupiter remains in the evening sky for one more month. Look for it low in the west at dusk, outshining all the stars we ever see at night.  Mars is in the southwest at dusk this month. Mars continues to … Continue readin...

Upcoming: Our Next Handi-Hour

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Katie Crooks, public program coordinator at American Art and the woman behind Handi-Hour, discusses the genesis for the DIY projects at our next Handi-Hour on Wednesday, June 11. Handi-Hour Crafting: Travel Journal Handi-Hour Crafting: Silhouette Home State Decal A couple...

It’s the Pixel Party paparazzi: Getting snap happy with the striking Bulgari exhibit

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

After-hours at the Museum on May 11, we had another one of our awesome Pixel Parties — where we open select exhibits exclusively to photographers (both amateur and professional). This time around, we gave our photographers access to special exhibition Bulgari: 130 … Continue reading ?

Lost Neighbourhoods: Can Oral History be the Center of an Exhibit?

Catherine Charlebois, from the Centre d'histoire de Montreal (Montreal's History Center is one of my mentees for 2014. Her first blog post shares the background of an exhibit project that ended up transforming both the work of the museum and of her own professional practice. Show More Summary

D-Day, Part II: “We will accept nothing less than full victory”

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s Note: This is part two of a three-part series exploring the history and significance of D-Day as we approach the 70th anniversary of the battle. Click here to read part one. For information on D-Day: Normandy 1944, the 3D film … Continue reading ?

The world’s last dreadnought: Distinguished Lecture pays homage to Battleship Texas

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Ships named “Texas” have a grand history — just like the state. The first ship to bear the name came about when the United States realized it had less naval power than countries like Belize or Chile. The U.S. set … Continue reading ...

Throwback Thursday: Seeing Things (1)

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

It's Throwback Thursday! And we at Eye Level have decided it's a great opportunity to bring back some of our interesting posts from the past. American Art has been publishing our blog since September 2005 (that's an eternity in Internet...

We’ll weather the weather: George Observatory’s dome gets a makeover

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s note: This post is part three of our three-part series on how you helped us save our telescope at the George Observatory. Read part one here, and part two here. In our Save Our ‘Scope (S.O.S.) campaign, much of our focus … Continue reading ?

Our America: Radiante

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Olga Albizu's Radiante With the exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art on the road, I found myself missing an old favorite from the exhibit and permanent collection, Radiante, by Olga Albizu. Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, in...

How False Conviction Could Help Science Centers Be More Human

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

It’s not every day that a science center releases an ebook about wrongful conviction in rape and murder cases. Then again, the New York Hall of Science isn’t just any science center. For a long time, I’ve admired their ambitious work,...Show More Summary

School’s (almost) out for summer: Time to xplore with our Xplorations Summer Camps!

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Summer Camp is here again!  As we busily prepare, buying all the weird odds and ends it takes to run camp here (everything from plastic spoons to sheep eyeballs), I thought I would share a bit about camp with you. Recently … Continue reading ?

Wait a second. Why did dinosaurs have tails?

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Question: Why does T. rex have such a big tail? Answer: The tail is a counterbalance, so the body doesn’t come crashing down. Everyone knows this is the right answer. All the books in the volunteer library say so. We’ve … Continue reading ?

Educator How-To: Mimicking weather with convection currents

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

There has been a lot of strange weather this spring. Temperatures in North Dakota reached -60°F — which is about the same temperature at the surface of Mars, and about 50°F colder than the North Pole on the same day.  … Continue reading ?

Celebrate Memorial Day all weekend long at HMNS

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

It’s almost Memorial Day weekend! Once again, it’s time for family, barbeques and — if you’re the traditional sort — white pants and shoes. And that’s not to mention the action-packed weekend we have in store at HMNS! With a … Continue reading ?

Q and Art: Stanton Macdonald-Wright and his Kinetic Art Machine

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

This post is part of an ongoing series on Eye Level: Q and Art, where American Art's Research department brings you interesting questions and answers about art and artists from our archive. Question: Who was Stanton Macdonald-Wright and what was...

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