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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!

last monthArts / 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

last monthArts / 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

3 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

3 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

4 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

4 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”

5 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”

5 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

6 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...

The bold and the beautiful: Glitz and glam galore adorn HMNS at the Bulgari gala

6 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Traveling from all over the globe, top Bulgari executives joined local Museum and jewelry enthusiasts for a night celebrating gorgeous gems in our dazzling city – the opening gala for Bulgari: 130 Years of Masterpieces at the Houston Museum of … Continue reading ?

James Franco: to Barf or Not to Barf, That is the Question

If everybody hates you, you must be doing something right. Right? So what happens when both of the top art critics in New York slam your work on two different days, delivering a one-two knock out punch? It’s enough to drive most artists to suicide! The question is – do you go down for the […]

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

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