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Chakaia Booker: This is How I Roll

4 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

On Saturday afternoon, artist Chakaia Booker and curator E. Carmen Ramos spoke in the Renwick Gallery's Grand Salon about Booker's work, process, and Anonymous Donor her sculpture/installation in the current exhibition, WONDER.

A Vision of La Virgen: Interview with Ferguz, Mexico City’s Pintor Espiritual

4 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

translation by Ivan Perez Felipe Gonzalez, known in the art world of Mexico City as Ferguz, is one of millions of North Americans inspired by the image of La Virgen de Guadalupe, but his fine art pushes the world-famous Mexican … Continue reading ?

What Would You Do?

In this post I'm joined by Aleia Brown, reflecting on our joint NEMA session building on #museumsrespondtoFerguson. The session, including all the conversations leading up to and following, were an amazing opportunity to work with a thoughtful, reflective and passionate colleague whose work I had followed. Show More Summary

New Acquisitions: David Smith Sculpture

4 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

SAAM has just announced it is acquiring David Smith’s Agricola IV, a ground-breaking sculpture by one of the country’s most important artists. Agricola IV is a major addition to the museum’s presentation of American art in the twentieth century.

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 12/21-12/27

4 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week! Last week’s featured #HMNSBlockParty creation is by Paul (age 10). Want to get your engineering … Continue reading ?

Amazing Cakes: Top picks of Party Smarty 2015

4 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

by Karen Whitley Every year we see hundreds of birthday cakes, and we are blown away (candle pun intended) by some of the creations parents bring in! From the cakes that defy gravity to the ones we have to use careful … Continue reading ?

Renwick Curator Nicholas Bell on WONDER

4 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Folding the Chesapeake by Maya Lin. Photo by Ron Blunt. Nicholas Bell, The Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator-in-Charge at the Renwick Gallery, spoke the other day about the exhibition WONDER, what led to its creation, the commonalities and differences among...

Fantastic Field Trips: New Labs on Demand get kids closer to science in 2016

4 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

by Matti Hammett If you’ve ever visited HMNS with a school group or on your own, you may have found yourself in the depths of the museum beneath the Morian Hall of Paleontology and thought to yourself one of these … Continue reading...

HMNS Winter Trend Report: La Virgen de Guadalupe

4 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Sourcing product for special exhibits is one of the favorite things about my job, but as a lover of Mexican art and culture, La Virgen de Guadalupe: Empress of the Americas has been especially fun. This summer, we traveled to … Continue reading ?

Can We Talk about Money? Tweetchat on #RadicalGiving December 18

5 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

On December 18, at 10am PT/1pm ET, I invite you to join the denizens of Museum 2.0, Museum Commons, and Incluseum for a 30-min tweetchat about how and why we can give for change at #RadicalGiving. We've each written some preliminary thoughts about giving to prime the tweetchat. Show More Summary

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 12/14-12/20

5 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week!  Last week’s featured #HMNSBlockParty creation is by Tarum (age 8).  Want to get your engineering … Continue reading ?

Geminid Meteor Shower offers a brilliant weekend at the George!

5 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The annual Geminid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend, and we’ve got some tips for stargazers hoping to catch it. The Geminids are unique among meteor showers because they are associated not with a comet but with an asteroid, 3200 Phaethon. … Continue reading ?

Q and Art: Anni Albers and the Evolution of American Craft

5 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

This post is part of an ongoing series on Eye Level: Q and Art, where American Art's Research department brings you interesting questions and answers about art and artists from our archive.

La Virgen de Guadalupe appears in Houston this weekend in a spectacular new exhibition

5 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Quilts. Statues. Blankets. Street art. Devotional candles. Tattoos. In the Americas, you can find the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe almost anywhere, in any form. Her image represents not only a great miracle but the identity of a nation … Continue reading ?

Cross Currents: Georgia O'Keeffe and the Perfect Pineapple

5 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Five Georgia O'Keeffe paintings in the current exhibition, Cross Currents: Modern Art from the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Art Collection, create a mini exhibition in themselves.

What Do We Want From Our Professional Organizations?

Over the past month or so, I've had several different conversations, online and in person, with colleagues talking about what we want from our professional organizations. These discussions ranged from encouraging AAM, AASLH and other...Show More Summary

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 12/7-12/13

5 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week!  Last week’s featured #HMNSBlockParty creation is by Cameron (age 5).  Want to get your engineering handwork … Continue reading ?

Seeing Stripes: The Zebra Longwing Butterfly

5 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The zebra longwing (Heliconius charithonia) is a common resident of the Cockrell Butterfly Center (CBC). This butterfly is easily recognizable with boldly striped yellow and black wings. When visiting the CBC, you’ll often spot them sipping nectar from the flowers and … Continue reading ?

Luce Unplugged: Five Questions (Plus One) with Nag Champa

5 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Before you leave town for the holidays, get your fix of D.C. music and culture at the next Luce Unplugged, our free local concert series, coming up with Nag Champa on Thursday, December 10th, 6 p.m. Nag Champa are a progressive, beat-driven electronic jazz and R&B group.

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: this December, Orion Opens for the Geminid Meteor Shower

5 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Saturn is lost in the Sun’s glare this month. Mercury briefly appears in the evening sky in the last two weeks of December and in early January. Look low in the west-southwest during twilight, just over the point of sunset, … Continue reading ?

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