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Don’t fight the dark: Five simple ways to cut down on light pollution

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

When you visit the George Observatory, you’ll notice signs that say, “Please no white lights.” You’ll also see that all our outside lights are red. The reason we do this is to fight light pollution and create a dark-sky-friendly environment … Continue reading ?

Can You "Toyota" It? Lessons from the Factory Floor

One hallmark of a creative organization is the ability to look outside your usual realm. Guest blogger Trevor Jones, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Kentucky Historical Society, shares his team's learning from the world of automotive manufacturing. Show More Summary

Want to Work at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History? Now's Your Chance.

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

This week, I'm celebrating three years on the job as the executive director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. This spring marked a big conceptual shift for me and the museum. We are now squarely out of turnaround and into growth mode. Show More Summary

Looking to move? Try Mars! Robert Zubrin on the fast track to colonizing Mars

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

In July 1989, on the 20th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing, President George H.W. Bush called for America to renew its pioneering push into space with the establishment of a permanent Lunar base and a series of human missions … Continue reading ?

Creating an Autoportrait: Kate Oberreich

 Obscured beneath the simple words, numbers, shapes, and colors found in much of Robert Indiana’s work are essential memories and symbols of the artist’s life. Indiana’s visual vocabulary is encrypted with personal symbolism. This is particularly evident in his long series of Autoportraits. Show More Summary

Tired from a long journey, faded monarchs seek homes for the next generation

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

My friends Bob and Bev photographed this very faded, tattered female monarch flying around the milkweed plants in their backyard near the Museum last week. The butterfly is a migrant from Mexico, looking for places to lay her eggs as … Continue reading ?

James Franco: to Barf or Not to Barf, That is the Question

If everybody hates you, you must be doing something right. Right? So what happens when both of the top art critics in New York slam your work on two different days, delivering a one-two knock out punch? It’s enough to drive most artists to suicide! The question is – do you go down for the […]

STEM & GEMS: BP financial analyst Lyda Marie T. Paragoso tells girls to stay STEM curious

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 Lyda Marie T. Paragoso, Financial Analyst for BP’s … Continue reading ?

Watching Watch This!

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

American Art's Watch This! (from Bill Viola's Fall Into Paradise) As part of the museum's new after work series of curator talks focusing on the permanent collection, "Tour the Floor—What to See on Three," Michael Mansfield, curator of film and...

Spread your wings: Adopt a Butterfly at HMNS on May 10

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The beauty of butterflies is undeniable. Whether you’re gazing at the brilliant hues of a Blue Morpho, taking in the incredible delicacy of Rice Paper butterflies as they flit about, or staring at an Owl Butterfly as its wings stare … Continue reading ?

Quick Hit: Five Great Links

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

This week, a kitchen sink of inspiring bits.Museums, Politics, and Power is a new blog that lives up to its name. It presents global perspectives on these juicy, interrelated issues. It is the online counterpart to a conference of the same name that will be hosted this fall in St. Show More Summary

Five Questions: Celebrating The First Lady of Song’s Birthday

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

The American Art Museum is celebrating Ella Fitzgerald's birthday, April 25, with a special tribute concert in the museum's Kogod Courtyard. Laurel Fehrenbach, public programs coordinator, spoke with Fran Morris Rosman, the executive director of The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation...

You saved our ‘scope at the George Observatory! And this is how it happened.

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

CliffsNotes: Thanks to all of you, we have done exactly what S.O.S. intended, and we saved our ‘scope! HMNS is proud to own the largest telescope in the country that is open to the public on a regular basis, the … Continue reading ?

Creating an Autoportrait: Lynne Habig

Obscured beneath the simple words, numbers, shapes, and colors found in much of Robert Indiana’s work are essential memories and symbols of the artist’s life. Indiana’s visual vocabulary is encrypted with personal symbolism. This is particularly evident in his long series of Autoportraits. To complement The Essential Robert Indiana, on view through May 4, the IMA invites […]

Attention, jewelry lovers: Glam up with new designers at our Museum Store!

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Spring is a great time to refresh your look and we’ve got some new lines in the Museum Store just in time to help!   ax + apple Jamie Lyn of ax + apple dabbled in almost every possible visual … Continue reading ?

Plant buying time!

Despite some snow early in the week spring seems to be here. On Saturday it was 77 and sunny. As sunny as the blooms on my Magnolia ‘Butterflies’. On Tuesday it was 26 and snowy. Even my blue balls were covered with it. Yup. That’s pretty much April around these parts. Wednesday morning brought upper […]

Renewals/Returns: New Life of an Old Building – Part 2

 This is Part 2 of a two-part series featuring Chris Fraser. Read Part 1 or check out his work live. MM: How did the idea develop for Renewals/Returns? CF: I’ve been preoccupied with the link between the Asian Art Museum and the Main Public Library. If you walk in and around the museum you will [...]

Break the Rules: Hands-On Tours that Really Do

In our book, Creativity in Museum Practice, Rainey and I highlight an AAM session from several years ago that asked participants to make a list of all the museum rules and then to think about how they could creatively be broken. What's...Show More Summary

Renewals/Returns: New Life of an Old Building – Part 1

Inviting Chris Fraser to participate in the Artists Drawing Club was an exciting prospect, introducing a new challenge to the series. I never know how to describe his work, besides saying that he manipulates and crafts environments, creating the right situation to make light bend to his will. So the question for me, with all [...]

Celebrate Earth Day 2014 with environmental documentary Trashed at its Houston premiere

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The beauty of Earth from space stands in stark contrast to the view from the ground. There is now more human detritus across the globe than ever before. Industrialization, coupled with exponential population increases, pose a serious threat to the … Continue reading ?

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