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What Do Mushrooms Have to Do with Bridge-Building?

Again this semester, I'm teaching International Experiments in Community Engagement (more on that to come) for JHU's Museum Studies Program online, and as a result, thinking about community engagement is always on my radar. I've come to think that it's too facile a term, one that we bandy around without enough deep thinking. Show More Summary

The 100th Anniversary of ‘Ol 97

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

“Sorry we couldn’t remember the Wreck of Old ’97”  Elwood,  The Blues Brothers                  One of the things I have been working on lately is an exhibit, Trains … Continue reading ?

Space Odyssey

I’ve lived in a total of nine cities, six of which I remember. Whenever I move, I find myself in a kind of liminal space. It’s a wavering and seemingly unstable moment when my mental map of previous places and times isn’t quite ready to calibrate to the new terrain. Eventually I’m overpowered by a... More

Pickled Okra Recipe

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Canning…. I should be excited about this in the spring, but I never seem to get around to it until the fall. Canning has a weird backstory. In a nut shell, Napoleon wanted to be able to better feed his … Continue reading ?

How to convince your boss

2 months agoArts / Museums : Museum Marketing

We know it’s not always easy to convince your boss, or even bring the subject up. Budgets are often tight, resources can be scarce, and employers can be sceptical of conferences they’ve never heard of or attended. The cost of attending a conference can be considerable. Show More Summary

A Humorous Streak to The Art of Romaine Brooks

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Joe Lucchesi, the consulting curator for SAAM's exhibition, The Art of Romaine Brooks, is Associate Professor of Art History and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program Coordinator at St. Mary's College of Maryland. Joe gives us a look at the humor and wit of Romaine Brooks. Show More Summary

And the skull goes to…

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  Will Carlson! Earlier this month, we posted a picture of two 3D printed skulls and asked our readers to identify which dinosaur they belonged to for a chance to win their own copy!    This ten year old kid … Continue reading ?

Initial Sea

Women as a way to announce sound, I poured holes in the ground awaiting furtive instructions. How the occasion headlined myth in the manner of unfortunate song in the midriff of summer, I answered phones for a living and was not dead, dispensing treats by the beach, opening doors to strange directors for I had... More

Glass Gardens: Agnes Northrop Designs for Louis C. Tiffany

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

To kick off the 2016 season of the Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art, scholar Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, brought us into the close circle of Louis Comfort Tiffany's art glass studio.

HMNS Weekly Happenings

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Cultural Feast – Oktoberfest: The History and Science of Beer In 1810, King Ludwig I of Bavaria proclaimed that the last sixteen days of September, ending with the first full weekend in October, should be set aside for feasting and … Continue reading ?

Happy National Pancake Day Breakfast For Dinner

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  In honor of National Pancake Day, A Fare Extraordinaire is celebrating with our favorite party trend – Breakfast for Dinner! Whether it’s a birthday celebration, a baby shower or intimate date night for two, we love incorporating breakfast food … Continue reading ?

Gin and Tonic and Malaria and Fluoresence

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  ? At the age of 17, George Washington was diagnosed with malaria. The disease, then referred to as the “ague”, came and went over the years. Although it was known at the time that quinine was a successful treatment, … Continue reading ?

Still Good? A Museum Re-Visit

Have you ever visited a museum again after a number of years, wondering if it will still be as interesting or exciting as you thought it once was? A couple weeks ago I had the chance to revisit Plimoth Plantation, somewhere I had last visited probably twenty years ago. Show More Summary

Dino-chores at HMNS

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The last three evenings have been spent doing a dinosaur cleaning. Three times a year staff and volunteers give up a few of their evenings to dust the mounts in the Hall of Paleontology. We clean the mounts using a variety … Continue reading ?

SF Mixtape

The above video playlist consists of a dozen excerpts, entire short works, and archival clips, the vast majority culled from the internet with nary a password attached. In the cocktail hour preceding Ivo Dimchev’s performance of Songs from my Shows at CounterPulse, the artist’s first-ever appearance in San Francisco, this extremely small and somewhat arbitrary slice... More

Framing The Art of Romaine Brooks

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Romaine Brooks was something of an interior decorator as well as an artist. She took a lively interest in the frame designs and finishes for her artworks. Several of the paintings in the exhibition The Art of Romaine Brooks are in frames that she personally designed or that were prepared under her direction.

The Mysterious Mummies of Chile

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

In preparation for the opening of “Mummies of the World” at the end of this month (Member preview: Friday, 9/23, public opening at Noon on Saturday, 9/24) we will be posting a series of blogs exploring the science of mummification. … Continue reading ?

Temple Contemporary and the Puzzle of Sharing Powerful Processes

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

The first thing I noticed about Temple Contemporary were the chairs. Desk chairs and theater seats, sleek modsters and dilapidated stuffed things, a motley crew lined up on hooks around the room. They were charming, but puzzling. Looking...Show More Summary

The Man Who Predicted Our Evolutionary Future

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

By Scott Solomon   “It is not what man has been, but what he will be, that should interest us” – H. G. Wells On this day 150 years ago in Bromley, England, a child was born to a family … Continue reading ?

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