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what will you do with that stick I said to my friend well, that was on the social media — and it was a small stick. my friend, he, was holding it in a selfie. friendship falls away, out, comes undone, your friend so easily becomes your enemy. “O my friends, there is no... More

Growing Bigger, Staying Collaborative - 5 Tools for Building Non-Bureaucratic Organizations

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

One of my organization's core values is radical collaboration. We believe that partnerships build a stronger museum and a stronger community.We work with over 2,000 regional partners each year to develop exhibitions, festivals, programs, and projects. Show More Summary

Sling Weapon Activity

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  Materials: String Material – 2’’ x 8’’ per student Scissors Hole-punches Something safe to throw – small hacky sack-type balls Prep-work: Familiarize yourself with the sling in Medieval warfare by reading background information Make an example if you don’t already … Continue reading ?

Past Becomes Present

Remembering and recovering as a performative project… what has been lost and how are we finding it I scrawled these lines into my notebook on November 19th, the closing day of Lost and Found: Dance, New York, HIV/AIDS, Then and Now, the eleventh iteration of Danspace Project’s Platforms (multiweek series of events organized by guest curators).... More

Betsy Broun’s Vision: An Appreciation

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

I have worked my entire professional life knowing only one boss, Betsy Broun. She retired yesterday after nearly 30 years at the helm of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. So I've been taking stock of her vision for the museum and how the ways we connect with people to tell stories of art in a citizen democracy are tied to her ideas about American art and contemporary society.

Egyptian Jewelry: What To Get Your Mummy For Christmas And Why

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

By Corey Green, HMNS Discovery Guide   In Ancient Egypt, jewelry pieces had meaning beyond the vanity of beautification. Jewelry patterns, materials, and all the way down to the very colors carried their own connotations of meaning and symbolism to … Continue reading ?

Part 4 :: Unstoppable

Noise weeping       photos by Atsushi Iwai location: Rhizome DC

Director's Choice: Who Made the Cut, Part II

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

n honor of Elizabeth "Betsy" Broun's nearly thirty years at the helm of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and her imminent retirement, Broun spoke to a full house at the McEvoy Auditorium this past October, revealing insights and personal observations about her favorite works of art in SAAM's collection. Show More Summary

Top 5 Ways to Make Spirits Bright at HMNS

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The streets are aglow with beautiful lights, and everyone seems to be just a little bit more jolly! It can also be a stressful time. The kids have only been on break … Continue reading ?

Share the Cup

On Friday, December 2nd, a fire ripped through an artists’ warehouse in East Oakland, killing many artists and musicians who were there for the LA label 100% Silk’s celebration of a new record by Golden Donna. Among the deceased is my dear friend of thirteen years, Joey Casio. Joey has played a central role in... More

Westworld, Museum Collecting, and the 2016 Election

In this guest post, 2016 Uncataloged Museum mentee Amanda Guzman contemplates the election and her current binge-watching fav Westworld for a look at the future of museum objects and the interpretation thereof. In HBO’s Westworld, robotic,...Show More Summary

The Great Sweet Potato Mystery!

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The holidays are a time to be with family, to re-prioritize your life, rediscover yourself and your road to inner peace…they’re also a time to eat lots of sweet potatoes! That’s right, nothing says “Happy Holidays” like a big, fat … Continue reading ?

Bell peppers, bananas and beer: the Cockrell Butterfly Center’s Grocery List

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Take a look at this list. You are probably thinking, “ok, someone’s shopping list, so what?“. What if I told you that most of these things are not even for human consumption, but for butterflies, reptiles, and other various insects? … Continue reading ?

Conversation Piece: Martin Puryear's Vessel

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Each month, visitors to SAAM are invited to participate in a discussion-based program called Conversation Pieces. Spending an hour with a single work of contemporary art, participants engage in an open-ended experience of guided looking and discussion facilitated by Joanna Marsh, Senior Curator of Contemporary Interpretation.

Why Aren't You a Mentor?

Who me? Yes, you, that experienced professional, emerging professional, or even grad student. You!As regular blog readers now, every year I put out a call for mentees, and each year work with one or two of you. That call will be coming next week, but I wanted to push more of you to consider becoming a mentor yourself. Show More Summary

HMNS Weekly Happenings

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Christmas Astronomy Lecture “The Star of Bethlehem: Mystery, History and Science” Carolyn Sumners, Ed.D. Thursday, December 8, 6 p.m. Learn the science behind the Star of Bethlehem– star, planet, comet or miracle? Explore the leading theories of the heavenly light … Continue reading ?

Movies at SAAM: Winter Edition

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Please join us for "Movies at SAAM's" winter season of films about American art and artists. If you enjoy learning about the creative process, history of African American photography, and contemplating the nature of great art, then you're sure to enjoy what we have in store for you.

Night Scene: An Introduction

On June 20th, the Summer Solstice hit San Francisco (at 3:34 p.m., to be precise). According to, the day lasted fourteen hours, forty-six minutes, and fifty-seven seconds. By the 21st, daylight had contracted some two seconds. The day after that, four more. Now, as we enter December, we’ve lost five hours of light, and... More

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