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‘What’s wood glue doing there?’ Connecting the dots to repair an ancient join

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Hello again, and welcome to the third post in my series on the conservation of a Third-Intermediate-Period coffin lid at the Michael C. Carlos Museum. As our team in the lab has seen, many times repairs of ancient objects are not … Continue reading ?

Art Conservation: A Look Inside Pio Casimiro Bacener's Autorretrato

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Pamela Johnson, a Graduate Fellow at American Art's Lunder Conservation Center looks very closely, using X-radiography and infrared at the work of Pio Casimiro Bacene.

What Fundraising Letter Made Me Mad?

One of my all-time most-read posts is 2010's Are County Historical Societies Dinosaurs? in which I took on what I saw as the increasing irrelevance of many historical societies. I've learned that it's assigned in museum studies and public history courses and shows up in some unexpected places. Show More Summary


3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

This post was written by Diana Birney, Supervising Marine Biologist for our upcoming SHARK! exhibit, opening August 29, 2015. We fear them, we love them, and we are fascinated by them. We have a whole week on television dedicated to them that … Continue reading ?

Sunday Funday comes to HMNS with Mixers & Elixirs Pluto Pity Party

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Extend your Sunday Funday to the Houston Museum of Natural Science August 24 and raise a glass to the infamously demoted Pluto at our Pluto Pity Party! Come to Mixers & Elixirs and remember the good ol’ days when we had … Continue reading ?

Jung Ran Bae breathes a dream into the museum

I distinctly remember my first meeting with Jung Ran Bae last year and her response to Samsung Hall. She was in awe of the space. As I learned about her work, so many possible project ideas entered my mind, from engaging her practice as a ceramicist in connection with the museum’s collection, to developing a [...]

Luce Design Series: Five Questions with Tanis Gray, Knitwear Designer

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

This Saturday, August 23rd, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., the Luce Foundation Center's Design Series will host a talk by Tanis Gray, local knitwear designer and publisher of numerous knitting books. Public programs coordinator, Katie Crooks, had a chance to talk with Tanis about her work.

Home Front: Lecture examines Texas history in WWII

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

By Guest Blogger Mike Vance, Houston Arts and Media To picture the home front during World War II is to summon memories of drives for war bonds and scrap metal and rationing of sugar, meat and shoes. To be sure, … Continue reading ?

Blame the Crowd, Not the Camera: Challenges to a New Open Photo Policy at the National Gallery

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Reader, I was wrong.Five years ago, I wrote a post arguing that museum photo policies should be as open as possible. I believe that the ability to take photographs (no flash) in a museum greatly increases many people's abilities to personalize, memorialize, and enjoy the experience. Show More Summary

Educator How-to: Tectonic Chocolate Bars

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The earth is vast and its surface seems huge. However, the earth’s crust only makes up 1% of the earth’s mass — subsequent layers (the mantle and the core) make up the other 99%. So, why do we care about the earth’s crust … Continue reading ?

Wine cups for your garden

Don’t go grabbing a bottle of wine just yet! These wine cups, Callirhoe involucrata, belong to the Malvaceae, or the mallow family. It is native to many of the plains states, including Missouri, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. This is a drought tolerant plant that does well especially during hot summers […]

Plastics in Pop Art Prints

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

American Art curatorial assistant, Nina Williams writes about the use of plastics in Pop Art printmaking. Our exhibition Pop Art Prints is on display until August 31, 2014.

Shark Week: Of Fins and Fiction

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

At the risk of sounding obvious — it’s Shark Week, the Discovery Channel’s annual plug for the much maligned (but secretly awesome) top predators of the deep! Started in 1988, as a way for the station to capitalize on the lack … Continue reading ?

Picture This: Dowager in a Wheelchair by Philip Evergood

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

If you haven't seen American Art's exhibition Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Collection, it's time do come on down to the museum. The show closes this Sunday, August 17.

Off With Its Head! The “De-restoration” of the MCCM Coffin Lid

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Greetings, and welcome to my second post on the conservation of a Third-Intermediate-Period coffin lid at the Michael C. Carlos Museum. If you missed the first installment, you can hop over here to catch up. After the documentation, research and planning … Continue reading ?

Facilitating Creative Learning (for Professionals): More Notes on MuseumCamp

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Last week, I wrote about MuseumCamp, the annual professional development event we hold in Santa Cruz. MuseumCamp is a playful, intense, spirited 3-day adventure in which small teams of diverse professionals do a rapid-fire project together on a theme. Show More Summary

An obedient plant?

Can a plant actually be obedient? Why yes, there is one that can be and it just so happens to be commonly known as the obedient plant. The Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana) gets its name from the flowers’ ability to stay in place according to how you move them. The flowers are on each side […]

Seeing IS Believing: What Prototyping Can Do

Are you thinking that the pace of change at your institution is glacial? If you work at a historic house, are you crippled by the fact that your interpreters, volunteer or paid, seem to resist any change in how they share ideas and information...Show More Summary

Five Questions for Andrew Greene, Director of the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

On August 16th at 2 p.m., the Smithsonian American Art Museum's and National Portrait Gallery's next Cine-Concert series features Andrew Greene, Director of the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra, performing his original score for the Buster Keaton classic College (1927, 66 minutes).

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