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12 Signs You Should Boogy Boogy Shooby Sho Wap Over to HMNS for our Grease Sing-a-Long Friday

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

We’re having a Grease sing-a-long in the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre Friday September 26! Come down to HMNS and see all your friends from Rydell High once more on the giant screen! Here are twelve signs you need to come to the Grease sing-a-long: 1. YOU’VE GOT … Continue reading ?

Miley Cyrus and Her Enigmatic Mask of Teddy Bears

As surely as the sun rises every morning, there was a kind of cosmic certainty that one day Miley Cyrus would start making art. The show made the New York art world pause for a minute, like it did for Jay Z and James Franco before her, and then it moved on. And yet, after seeing […]

Local Matters

If you’ve been reading the blog lately you know we’ve been taking stock of our digital efforts and making considerable changes. I’ve been discussing what’s not...

What are Your Engagement Goals?

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Two weeks ago, I wrote about the use of the word "quality" in the arts and its many forms. A commenter, Stacy Peterson, responded by turning my exploration back on itself:Quality makes sense but engagement is more open to interpretation. Show More Summary

Celebrate thrill of discovery at International Archaeology Day at HMNS on Saturday, October 18

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Celebrate International Archaeology Day with HMNS October 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.! Professional and avocational archaeologists from all over the greater Houston area will mark the day at HMNS by highlighting exciting discoveries in local archaeology. The event will … Continue reading ?

American Muralist Tom Lea

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

On September 24, the Smithsonian American Art Museum will co-host a national conference that examines the importance of preserving WPA-era murals using the work of celebrated American muralist Tom Lea as a case study.

Taking Up Room On The Floor

                            The RIP videos made by Oakland turf dancing crew Turf Feinz appeared in 2009-2010, commemorating recent deaths of young people in Oakland. It’s been four years or more since most of them were posted, which in turfing time, like internet time, […]

When is Your Audience Ready for the Tough Stuff?

When is your audience or community ready to discuss difficult, hard topics? At the Museums and Politics conference in St. Petersburg, a number of presenters I heard talked about topics such as the German interpretation of concentration...Show More Summary

In black and white and color

Why do architects wear black, anyway? Well, not all of them, but enough so that you can understand why one asks the question. Black turtlenecks, black jackets, black pants, black shoes, black, black, black. I am off into purely personal speculation here, so I can only ask that you bear with me. Black is a […]

Non-Reflective Update: Russia

I had the best of intentions to blog regularly about my trip to this part of the world, but the long intense days have gotten the better of me so far. I also had blogging duties over at the Museums, Politics and Power blog, so please check out there for tri-lingual reporting on that tri-national conference in St. Show More Summary

Celebrate ARR Favorite Holiday at Mixers & Elixirs: Talk Like a Pirate Day

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Aye, we be fast approchin’ arrr favorite holiday and yours – Talk Like a Pirate Day! Get your bearings buccaneers and set sail for the Houston Museum of Natural Science where spirits and booty abound with live music to boot. … Continue reading ?

Lunder Conservation Center: Revealing A Drawing Through Preservation

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Our art conservators discovered a drawing on the back of a William H. Johnson artwork during the conservation process.

Beauty, the Sublime and Darwin: Exploring the “sheer poetry” of field biology with Dr. Harry Greene

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The diversity of life on Earth is under serious threats from multiple human-related causes. Science plays well-known roles in addressing management aspects of this problem.  Dr. Harry W. Greene, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Cornell University, wants us … Continue reading ?

Leveraging Technology for Connection

As Sara mentioned in her previous posts, we’ve been careful in this project to let visitor need pave the way toward an idea. It was...

The Sketch Artist: Paul Clipson’s REEL

Judy Bloch on movie love masquerading as obsessive duty in REEL, a book from filmmaker, and longtime SFMOMA projectionist, Paul Clipson. The tiny 35mm film frame (twenty-four pass by per second), in its singularity, evokes all of the big screen’s satisfying fullness. No small screen (say, television or computer) can hope to equal this lovely, fractal […]

Looking for Inspiring Examples from Unlikely Suspects? Check These Out.

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

How do you find fresh and inspiring resources in your field?This is a tricky question in the nonprofit arts world--and probably in every field. There are some industry blogs and twitter feeds. There are some good conferences. There are some useful research papers. Show More Summary

Mean green flying machines: the hummingbirds are here!

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

What was that high pitched chirping and flash of iridescent green that just whizzed past at lightning speed? You just got buzzed by a hummingbird! The fall migration is passing through Houston, and these feisty little birds seem to be … Continue reading ?

Piloting a Future Visitor Experience

A series of internal meetings got us set on the path for this project, but we wanted to test it with our visitors. To do...

Artist Lilly Martin Spencer

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Erin Benz interned at American Art's Luce Foundation Center this summer. While here, she took the time to write about one of her favorite artists in our collection, Lilly Martin Spencer.

Gamers Unite: See how you’d fare in battle with Battleship Texas at HMNS 9/20 and 11/11

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

This post was written by guest blogger Andy Bouffard, Wargame Facilitator. “To a wargamer, wargames are not abstract, time-wasting pastimes, like other games, but representative of the real… You can learn something from wargames; indeed, in some ways you can learn … Continue reading ?

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