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Perennial Premiere prospectus

After the brutal winter Mother Nature sent us this year, I am wondering if we’ll have a Stravinsky spring! But regardless of the weather, the path to a wonderful growing season starts by attending the fifth annual expanded Perennial Premiere Plant Sale on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27. This annual salute to spring […]

Christian Nagler: Silicon Spring

Let's think about the desert. Place where not much seems to be happening. But we know there's actually a lot going on, right? Life is hiding, blinking, doing sweet push-ups in the shade, hot sap pulling beneath slow oceans of crust.

April Showers

It’s raining. A lot. I am severely tempted to complain. A lot. Then I remember the last three summers when it did NOT rain. A lot. Then I push aside that temptation and think of all that rain as water in the bank to be spent when moisture funds run low. The bareroot perennials in […]

1985

“The game is a machine composed of interconnected mechanistic devices. These devices facilitate bad faith interaction... A con or snow job is the site at which X preys upon the hopes, fears, and anxieties of Y for ulterior motives and/or personal gain. Show More Summary

1984

At the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, filming a soft drink ad in front of a crowd of fans, a pyrotechnic malfunction ignites the singer's hair causing second and third degree burns on his scalp and face. The case is settled out of court and the settlement is donated to the Brotman Medical Center, which is rechristened in honor of their benefactor. Show More Summary

Getting “To The Point”

What do Brussels and Indianapolis have in common? Belgium spawned several artists who fell under the spell of Georges Seurat, the French artist who invented the technique of Pointillism (also known as Neo-Impressionism) upon seeing the ground-breaking painting “Sunday on the Grande Jatte” (The Art Institute of Chicago) at an exhibition in Brussels in 1886. […]

Gotta get a little dirt on your hands

Well folks, here I am after being gone for a spell. My last posting was back in June and you all may be wondering as to the why, what for, and so of of my absence. Well, it’s complicated and in many ways hard to explain so let’s get started. For this week I decided […]

Mid-Revolution: Ukrainian Museum Updates

As most of the world now knows, the situation in Ukraine has been rapidly changing. Last week's shocking death toll has led to the disappearance of the President and other ministers, warrants for their arrest, and a new government in the making, but the situation still appears unstable. Show More Summary

Film Screening: Inocente

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

On February 19, American Art will host a special screening of the acclaimed documentary short film Inocente. This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, which is on view through March...

The Ukraine I Know

Many of you, Uncataloged readers probably have never thought much about Ukraine, except as my posts from and about Ukraine have appeared, or when your museum thinks about traditional Easter celebrations and those painted eggs. And perhaps you read my previous posts about the current protests (here and here). Show More Summary

A Q&A to the Diplodocus degree: HMNS skeletons still inspire after 110 years

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s Note: Sometimes, you ask us questions on Facebook or Twitter that require a bit more than just a pithy response. So.. we wrangle the experts to get to the heart of the matter for you. You’re welcome. Q: … Continue reading ?

Na na na na na na na … BATS, man!

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

For bats being amazing examples of evolutionary resilience and fascinating, intelligent creatures with complex, long lives that perform invaluable ecological roles, we humans don’t seem to appreciate them very much. They’ve had a bad rep in cultures around the world … Continue reading ?

Amiri Baraka Will be Missed

There will be both a wake and a funeral next weekend in New Jersey, where Amiri Baraka lived. The wake will be important because his passing has been a cause for deep reflection among the countless poets, writers and artists that he touched. He was a tireless promoter of others and an anthologized poet from […]

Keep Your Heart Strong: An Interview with Kati Teague about healing from the Prison Industrial Complex through art and organizing

In this mini-series, I interview three young artists and recent graduates of UC Santa Cruz whose work addresses policing, state violence, and creative forms of resistance to the Prison Industrial Complex. The second of these interviews is with Kati Teague, whose series, “Have You Seen My Mother,” reckons with her experience of her mother’s incarceration. […]

What Time Is It?

This fall, Open Space has featured a series of reflections by artists, writers, and curators on “the contemporary.” Today’s piece is a concluding note from series editor Brandon Brown. In 2011?s My Common Heart, Kansas City poet Anne Boyer writes a poem titled “Questions for Poets.”  The text opens, What time is it in Sydney?  […]

Picture This: A Study for the Capitol

4 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Chief conservator Tiarna Doherty studies x-radiographs of Constantino Brumidi's study for the Rotunda of the Capitol Building. Photography by Conor Doherty. You currently can see Constantino Brumidi's Study for the Apotheosis of Washington in the Rotunda of the United States...

Magic Is Everywhere: Mel Henderson (1922-2013)

In tribute to Mel Henderson (November 10, 1922–October 4, 2013). “I’ve been involving myself with the landscape of San Francisco since 1969—its abrupt geology, the beauty of its architectural geometry, and the diverse composition of its people. The city offers a lot of physical options for outside public events, especially events that can center around […]

1981

… AT SIXTEEN I THRASH IN SERIAL TRANSPORTATION AND THE BLEAK APARTMENTS OF FRIENDS’ OLDER BROTHERS. A road trip to San Francisco to see Prince perform from the Controversy album. Morris Day and the Time are the opening act.The audience is 99 percent African American, and dressed to the nines. Dancing with arms thrown up; […]

1980

      David Lynch’s The Elephant Man just opened at the Stockton Royal movie theater. Because you are a cool kid, and know about these things, you tell me that David Bowie played the part on stage. We love Bowie. We play your new Scary Monsters album as often as we can get away […]

Hacking the Museum

5 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Last weekend, the Smithsonian American Art Museum opened up its doors and its data to a group of enthusiastic hackers. We were looking for help re-imagining the digital interpretation in the museum's visible storage facility, the Luce Foundation Center for...

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