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Flowers: Still life and still living

One of the treasures of the Clowes Collection, Flowers in a Glass Vase  (c. 1630) by Ambrosius Bosschaert the Younger captures the Dutch passion for still life with impeccable precision. Flower still lifes had begun to appear in the Dutch Republic around 1600 and were highly prized for their ability to preserve the fleeting beauty […]

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: Changing stars remind us that summer’s coming

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Jupiter remains well placed for evening observing all spring. Look for it in the west at dusk, outshining all the stars we ever see at night.  Mercury appears in the evening sky this month. Too close to the Sun to … Continue reading...

The bold and the beautiful: Glitz and glam galore adorn HMNS at the Bulgari gala

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Traveling from all over the globe, top Bulgari executives joined local Museum and jewelry enthusiasts for a night celebrating gorgeous gems in our dazzling city – the opening gala for Bulgari: 130 Years of Masterpieces at the Houston Museum of … Continue reading ?

What is the Vajrayana?

The Vajrayana is literally the “Lightning Vehicle” of Buddhism. The Sanskrit word yana means “vehicle” – a means of transport capable of taking the practitioner from ordinary awareness to the experience of awakening (bodhi).  For its part, the word vajra means “lightning,” a translation that emphasizes the power and swiftness of its methods. Although the [...]

All that glitters is … Bulgari! Jeweler to the stars sparkles at HMNS starting May 2

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

HMNS is proud to partner with Bulgari to present Bulgari: 130 Years of Masterpieces, opening Friday, May 2. Founded in Rome in 1884, Greek silversmith Sotirio Bulgari set the stage for Bulgari to become a permanent emblem of Italian excellence. With passionate … Continue reading ?

Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

American Art's latest exhibition, Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget, opens tomorrow, May 2 and runs through August 3, 2014. Leslie Umberger, curator of folk and self-taught art tells us a bit about the artist and his work. To see more...

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 ?

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