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Go Back in Time with the Hadza: Last of the First Movie Screening

22 hours agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

There are fewer people connected to nature now than ever before—and no one connected to it in the same way as the Hadza. One of the last hunter-gather groups on earth, the Hadza have lived sustainably off the bounty of … Continue reading ?

On Being-Hated: Werner Schroeter, Erika Staiti, “Community”

Let’s start with where I can’t go. I could have one lover, maybe two; I could text someone I don’t know from the Internet and meet them on a street corner, kiss them when we don’t yet know each other’s names. I could stand on the same street corner, abandoned callously by someone else’s lover, […]

Other Half Orbit

We met with Ingrid Rojas Contreras and Jeremiah Barber in the gallery of their current joint exhibition Lo real maravilloso at Mission Cultural Center to talk about their ongoing collaboration. Ingrid identifies primarily as a writer and Jeremiah as a visual artist; however, their connection and collaboration of more than a decade blurs boundaries between words and images.

On Being-Hated: Banks Violette, Pharmakon, Karaoke.

Let’s start with where I am. It could be anywhere. I’m on a train to Philadelphia, I’m on a plane back to New York. I’ve just moved to Oakland. I’m wearing a pair of fingerless leather gloves and there’s a slim choker around my neck loose enough that the buckle’s constantly slipping over to the front.

Join Us at MuseumCamp 2015 to Explore Making Space for Self and Others

2 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

illustration by Beck Tench Each summer, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History hosts MuseumCamp, a professional development experience that is part retreat, part unconference, part summer camp.This year, our theme is SPACE. I've been...Show More Summary

Press Here: Breaking the Fourth Wall in Children's Books... and Museums?

5 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

You open a children's book. You see a yellow dot. The text says "Press the yellow dot and turn the page."Suddenly there are two yellow dots. You follow the text. You press some more. You turn the page. More dots appear. You rub the dots. Show More Summary

BOOM: Turfing Inspiring The World

My first two posts on Oakland turf dancing emphasized some of the sites where turfing takes place, or is subsequently shown: from the art gallery, to the Oakland Ballet, to the stages where Johnny Lopez’s TURFinc battles take place. That is, turfing is visible in a number of known venues for art. But there is […]

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 […]

Mean green flying machines: the hummingbirds are here!

6 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 ?

BOOM! Turfing Against the World

  In 2010, the annual juried show at Southern Exposure was titled BOOM! Thinking back on it now, I love that curator Astria Suparak called it BOOM! It was a little melodramatic for a few rooms of generally non-explosive works of art, but prescient in a way. BOOM! – the beat comes in and everybody […]

Luce Artist Talks: Emily Francisco

7 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

You've heard of landscapes and cityscapes, but how about soundscapes? DC-based artist Emily Francisco creates these immersive audio environments and she'll talk about her recent work when she kicks off the Luce Foundation Center's fall Artist Talks series this Sunday, September 14 at 1:30 p.m.

Art at the ‘cutting’ edge: Cross-section sampling of paintings

Last month, I led a handful of members of the IMA’s Second Century Society through a special behind-the-scenes workshop in my laboratory exploring the practice of cross-section sampling in conservation science. A cross-section is a miniscule sample cut from an artwork so as to contain all the layers of the painting – from the topmost […]

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

Swept away by Sharknado: Taking a bite out of our shark fears

8 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year (if you have, congrats! You made it back!) you’ve probably heard of a little genius of a film called Sharknado (playing this Friday, August 8 in the Wortham Giant Screen … Continue reading ?

New Approach, Historic Mission: Remaking a Factory Museum via Community Co-Production

8 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Imagine a historic site. It has an incredible story. But not enough people care about it anymore, and the museum is fading into disrepair. It is losing funding, attention, and relevance.What do you do?Yesterday, I learned about the Silk Mill, a British historic site that is going through a dramatic community-driven reinvention. Show More Summary

New Acquisitions: Purvis Young's The Struggle

9 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

American Art's curator of folk and self-taught art, Leslie Umberger, talks about the museum's recent acquisition of a major painting by Purvis Young, The Struggle. The artwork can be seen in the museum's east wing gallery on the third floor.

The guts stop here: Delve deeper into dinosaurian intestines with Dr. Bakker

10 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

“Attention all Dino-Nerds! Put Your Anatomical Expertise to Work. Prestigious Careers Await in the Field of Gastroenterology.” Often, I get approached by parents who fret over their dino-fixated kid. “You gotta help us, Doc. All she wants to do is read … Continue reading ?

D-Day, Part III: “We are coming by day and by night”

10 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s Note: This is part three of a three-part series exploring the history and significance of D-Day as we approach the 70th anniversary of the battle. Click here to read part one and here for part two. For information on D-Day: Normandy 1944, the … Continue reading ?

D-Day, Part II: “We will accept nothing less than full victory”

10 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s Note: This is part two of a three-part series exploring the history and significance of D-Day as we approach the 70th anniversary of the battle. Click here to read part one. For information on D-Day: Normandy 1944, the 3D film … Continue reading ?

D-Day, Part I: What happened in the years preceding the Normandy landings

11 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

June 6, 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of France. By 1944, World War II had raged for almost five years in Europe. It took another year of bitter fighting before it was all over. The Allied … Continue reading...

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