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Empathy, Ethics and Bonobos: Distinguished Lecture Tonight at HMNS

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Why do we have empathy? Why do we rush to another’s aid? Why do we put our arm around others to support them?  Empathy comes naturally to a great variety of animals, including humans. In his work with monkeys, apes … Continue readin...

There’s a Partial Solar Eclipse Happening October 23: Here’s what you need to know to see it!

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  There’s a partial solar eclipse happening Thursday, October 23 and you can see it all from Houston!  The New Moon of Thursday, October 23, 2014, aligns with the Sun and the Earth well enough to cast its shadow towards … Continue reading ?

Luca Giordano

Untitled – Luca Giordano – 1,43 x 0,80cm The painting above is another great artwork from Luca Giordano, the most celebrated and prolific neapolitan painter...

5 Questions for Christopher Kendall on the 21st Century Consort's Aviary Performance

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

American Art's Jo Ann Gillula speaks with Artistic Director Christopher Kendall about the upcoming season of the musical group in residence at the museum, 21st Century Consort, which opens their season with Aviary on October 25 in the museum's McEvoy Auditorium from 5 p.m to 8 p.m.

What's Your $12,720 Idea for New Ways of Engaging with Audiences?

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Imagine an institution with a commitment to rigor, depth, and delight in the exploration of contemporary culture.Imagine a prize competition to develop new experimental approaches to engaging audiences.Imagine these two together.TheShow More Summary

Luce Unplugged: Five Questions with Artist and Musician Furniteur aka Brittany Sims

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Unwind after work and ease into the weekend this Friday, October 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with an evening of music, art, and drinks at our Fall Luce Unplugged Community Showcase.

Dutch Heads: Portraits and tronies in the circle of Rembrandt

One of the most captivating works in the Clowes Collection is the diminutive Old Man in a Tall, Fur-Edged Cap [Fig. 1]. Painted with a warm palette of earth tones, this venerable man seems lost in thought as he gazes out of the panel, his lips slightly parted in an expression of emotional absorption. His […]

From Multicultural to Intercultural: Evolution or Spectrum of Engagement?

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

How do you balance the value of honoring specific multicultural practices and bridging them to build new connections?At the Inclusive Museum conference this summer, Dr. Rick West introduced this question through a tale of two museums.He...Show More Summary

Throwback Thursday: Picture This: Trees in our Kogod Courtyard

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

It's Throwback Thursday and today, we feature a photo I took in September 2007 as the last tree was lowered into our about-to-be opened Kogod Courtyard. The seventh anniversary of our covered courtyard is coming this November 18.

Autumn arrives at the IMA

It’s mid-October in central Indiana, and that means fall leaf color is gearing up for going full swing. Driving down any highway it seems clear that maples make the biggest impression, but take a stroll through the IMA’s gardens and Art & Nature Park and you’ll quickly notice there are many other plants that are […]

The Design Spin Cycle

When I started as Web Designer for the museum in January, I assumed I had been hired for a website redesign. Rookie mistake. As you’ve...

Reflections on the Work of Richard Estes

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Patterson Sims and Richard Estes talk about Estes work now on exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Goodbye Lenin, Hello Bake Sale

Needless to say, I've got a great deal to process and think about from my time in Ukraine. Before I went, I wondered what kinds of changes I would see. My last visit to Ukraine was in May 2014, including time spent in now-embattled Donetsk. Show More Summary

14 Ways to Look Awesome for Halloween at Spirits & Skeletons Friday 10/31

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Having trouble deciding on your costume for Spirits & Skeletons? I got you, bro. Houston’s favorite Halloween party — the one and only Spirits & Skeletons — is back at HMNS! With the entire museum open you can shake your stuff … Continue reading ?

Art & Science Collide: The IMA at Celebrate Science Indiana

On October 4, the Indianapolis Museum of Art was present in full strength at the annual Celebrate Science Indiana Fair at the Indiana State Fair Grounds. Conservation Scientist Gregory D. Smith along with Paintings Conservators Fiona Beckett and Erica Schuler demonstrated the link between science and art to fair-goers of all ages. Throughout the day, the IMA […]

What We Learned in Our Ukrainian Workshops

I'm just wrapping up a series of workshops about visitor voices in museums held in six different regions of Ukraine. I was joined in this by three intrepid companions: Tricia Edwards of the Lemelson Center at the Smithsonian, who squeezed...Show More Summary

Positioning Visitors with iBeacons

When Apple released iOS7 in 2013 one of the new features introduced was iBeacon. This technology would now enable Apple devices to pick up broadcasting...

#ArchivesMonth at the IMA

… and to celebrate, I am going to share items from some of my favorite collections in the IMA Archives. But first, you may be wondering, “What is an archives?” An archives is a place where people go to find information. But rather than gathering information from books as you would in a library, people […]

We’re gonna scare your pants off: Psycho and The Exorcist showing this month at HMNS

4 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Take Two gets spooky this October with classic horror flicks showing in the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre!  We’re bringing “Hitch-y” Back: Psycho showing October 10Come scream at Hitchcock’s most iconic film, Psycho, showing Friday October 10 at 7:00 p.m. Obsessed with … Continue reading ?

A Celebration and a Restoration: Ringing in 25 years at the George

4 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

This Friday we’re kicking off our celebrations in honor of the George Observatory’s 25th anniversary with a members event at the George! Leading up to this anniversary, we launched our S.O.S (Save Our ‘Scope) fundraising campaign to restore the mirror, and, thanks … Continue reading ?

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