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 ?
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
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
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 ?
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
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 ?
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 […]
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 ?
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...
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 ?
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
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...
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 ?
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 […]
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 ?
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 […]
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 [...]
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
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 [...]
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 ?