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Quick Hit: Art of Relevance Video, Podcast, and a Google Hangout this week

16 hours agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

I've been traveling a lot recently, exploring the ideas behind The Art of Relevance with colleagues around the US. Here are two artifacts of my travels... and an opportunity to join in on a virtual/real life meetup this Wednesday.VIDEO...Show More Summary

Zombie Ants!

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The Halloween season brings in hordes of scary creatures, from vampires to monsters to mummies. If we only look to the ant world, we can find all three. But these are not the scariest Halloween creatures to be found among the … Continue reading ?

Luce Unplugged: 5 Questions with Danke Shane

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Danke Shane's debut D.C. show premieres this Thursday, October 6, in the Luce Foundation Center as a part of Luce Unplugged, our free, monthly concert series. In partnership with D.C. Music Download, we highlight musical acts within the District that create unique and innovative sound. Show More Summary

For Mnemosyne

What is that knowing that is available to us? […] We are cut off from it because we think we are cut off, only. — Cecilia Vicuña Maybe this is all an exercise to keep Mnemosyne occupied. Maybe it’s just me. I gravitate to the margins of the recordings. What you can hear and see... More

SF Mixtape

The above video playlist consists of a dozen excerpts, entire short works, and archival clips, the vast majority culled from the internet with nary a password attached. In the cocktail hour preceding Ivo Dimchev’s performance of Songs from my Shows at CounterPulse, the artist’s first-ever appearance in San Francisco, this extremely small and somewhat arbitrary slice... More

Sports Science: Olympics Edition ? Gymnastics

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Every four years, the eyes of the world shift towards a global competition, complete with feats of strength, determination, talent and teamwork. The Summer Olympics are back, and I could not be more excited. The following post is one of … Continue reading ?

Visitors Make Meaning: From Hilary to Elsa

As with many of you, Nina Simon's new book on relevance is on my must-read list this summer, although I haven't gotten there yet. But I'm looking forward to digging into her thoughts on relevance, as it's something repeatedly appearing...Show More Summary

Sports Science: Olympics Edition ? Freestyle Swimming

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Every four years, the eyes of the world shift towards a global competition, complete with feats of strength, determination, talent and teamwork. The Summer Olympics are back, and I could not be more excited. The following post is one of … Continue reading ?

on material entanglements: an interview with morehshin allahyari

although we both live in the bay area, i got to morehshin allahyari’s work through an internet rabbit hole. some months ago i picked up cyclonopedia by reza negarestani and got pretty engrossed by the book’s mix of fact and fiction. the story suggests that petrol functions as a lubricant necessary to spread an ancient evil throughout the... More

Our home is the Internet.

It was 2008, and you were probably on Myspace. Millions of us were captivated by this platform before the iPhone was even a concept. Then there was Facebook, which was cool for a while until us twentysomethings turned to Tumblr. Now, we’re teetering between Twitter and Instagram at any given point during the day. When... More


Smart people: What’s on their minds, bookshelves, browsers; what inspires, attracts, or distracts them?

assassinating infinity: an interview with metropolarity

throughout his gothic futurism treatise the future-casting grand magus of wild style, rammellzee, calls for an assassination of infinity as it is conventionally comprehended.  “All formations of word knowledge are constructed under the...Show More Summary

an interview with curtis roads

immigration is an ever-evolving study of the physics of an interior schism. few things can be used to create an illusion of inclusiveness counter to the outsider feelings it manifests for the people that go through it. money certainly can create the illusion. youth, more specifically childhood, can too. the younger an individual is when the immigration occurs the less... More

Some Strings Attached: the willful marionette at SAAM

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

SAAM's annual birthday celebration honoring the legacy of media pioneer Nam June Paik—an artist known for his interest in robotics and humanizing technology—featured artists Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault. Their work, the three-foot tall the willful marionette was built from 3-D scanned images of a human figure. Show More Summary

Light Fantastic: Gabriel Dawe in Conversation

4 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

The final program in the WONDER series of artist talks featured Gabriel Dawe in conversation with Nora Atkinson, the Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft at the Renwick Gallery. Dawe's Plexus A1, one of the nine room-filling installations commissioned for the exhibition, spins a new riff on the theme of alchemy: it turns thread into light.

Feeling Washed Up? Consider the State of the Ocean on World Oceans Day

5 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Recently I’ve been to the beach. I went down to visit an old friend, the USS Lexington. I had stayed aboard her back when I was in 9th grade, about a couple of decades ago, and hadn’t seen her since. … Continue reading ?

WONDER Artist Interview: Jennifer Angus

6 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Artist Jennifer Angus uses brilliantly colored insects in her thought-provoking installation, In the Midnight Garden, on view through May 8 in the exhibition WONDER. Eye Level had a chance to catch up with Jennifer and ask her about her work, the importance of insects to the natural world, and even to take a peek into her closet.

Listen Up! What's the Sound of Your Museum? Your Mission?

This week's guest post is by Dave Lewis, one of my 2016 mentees. This post came about through one of our monthly conversations and also reminded me of a conversation I had while traveling this winter in Italy. The sound of Italy to me: the noise of multiple coffee saucers make on a counter, followed by the clink of the spoons that always follows. Show More Summary

John Grade: Second Nature

8 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Last Sunday afternoon, Seattle-based artist John Grade spoke to an enthusiastic crowd in the Renwick's Grand Salon about his artworks/earthworks.

Painting with LED Light at the Renwick

9 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

"Years ago when we started looking at LEDs they just weren't ready for use in museums," says Scott Rosenfeld, lighting director at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery. In 2010, Rosenfeld set out to see what he could learn about LED lighting and apply it to the museum. Show More Summary

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