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What I Learned at the DEA Museum

As Americans celebrate 4/20, pot culture's answer to Octoberfest, I'm getting pelted with questions about the growing legalization movement. What's the new pot like? What are you telling your kids? Right. I get those questions. But mainly I hear this one: Why is legalization happening now?  Until recently, I cited two factors. Show More Summary

Renzo Piano’s New Whitney Building Is Filled With Light — and Contradictions

I’ve been watching Renzo Piano’s new Whitney Museum of American Art take shape for two years, waiting for its jumble of forms and facets to make sense. The fences are gone and the steel skin’s been shined, but it remains a complicated contraption, ungainly on all sides. From West Street,... More »

Kehinde Wiley Talks "A New Republic"

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, now at the Brooklyn Museum, raises questions about race, gender, and the politics of representation by portraying contemporary African American men and women using the conventions of traditional European portraiture. Show More Summary

Ceramic objects yield ancient narratives of Central America's first peoples

2 days agoArts : Artdaily

The National Museum of the American Indian?s George Gustav Heye Center in New York and the Smithsonian Latino Center present ?Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America?s Past Revealed,? a major bilingual exhibition making its New York debut after a first run in Washington, D.C. Show More Summary

American Impressionist and Ashcan masterworks go on view at Smithsonian American Art Museum

3 days agoArts : Artdaily

Nineteen major paintings lent from the private collection of Thelma and Melvin Lenkin of Chevy Chase, Md., are on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum from April 17 through Aug. 16. Mary Cassatt?s renowned ?Reading ?Le Figaro??...Show More Summary

The Future Of Museums Is Reaching Way Beyond Their Walls

Successful museums are creating relationships with visitors that extend before and after the visit. The American Museum of Natural History has always been one of the most popular destinations in New York City. With about 5 million visitors...Show More Summary

The Whitney Museum announces inaugural show, and the Internet parses

5 days agoHealth : Booster Shots

The Whitney Museum of American Art's new Renzo Piano-designed digs are nearly ready for opening day on May 1. And now comes the art.

Ellsworth Kelly to receive James Smithson Bicentennial Medal

5 days agoArts : Artdaily

The Smithsonian will present American artist Ellsworth Kelly with the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal Friday, April 17, in a special ceremony at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. The James Smithson Bicentennial...Show More Summary

Dr. Gridlock: Rolling street closures in NW D.C. due to protests

Drivers should expect rolling lane closures Wednesday morning in the area of 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. There are protesters in that area, headed eastbound to the American History Museum.It was not immediately known what they are protesting. But police said the demonstrators are peaceful.Read full article >>

First Lady Dolls at the Uintah County Library in Vernal, Utah

Taking up three glass display cases in Utah's Uintah County Library and Western Heritage Museum are resplendent dolls carved to look like almost every American First Lady. The doll collection was established in 1976 by a local group of women to celebrate the country's bicentennial. Show More Summary

The story of our Solar System, as told by rocks

American Museum of Natural History researchers are examining how the planets formed.

Samples of My Online Videos for Business

I've talked about the power of online videos before (see "Related Posts" below) and I recently put my money where my mouth is by creating a video for El Museo del Barrio, a museum dedicated to fostering Latin American art. Artists Ruben...Show More Summary

History, politics, and the role museums play: Starlee Kine examines this interplay in her piece for "This American Life"

MuseoBlogger seen here eagerly awaiting a call from Vail's Colorado Ski & SnowboardMuseum in reply to her offer to work for lift tickets. As I am on vacation this week, living my dream, schussing through the Sierra Nevada mountains at Heavenly in Lake Tahoe, I am posting an audio segment I heard last month on This American Life. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for today: Rembrandt Peale’s portrait of his daughter, Rosalba

Portrait of Rosalba Peale, Rembrandt Peale The link is to a zoomable version on the Google Art Project; there is a downloadable file on Wikipedia; the original is in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, which also has a zoomable version. As his father, Charles Wilson Peale, had done for him, Rembrandt Peale tutored his daughters […]

Exhibition looks at baseball as intersection of sport, identity & ethnicity in America

last weekArts : Artdaily

Through its legends and myths, its struggles and triumphs, baseball has been a reflection of American society for generations. Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American on view April 12 ? September 7 at the Maltz Museum of JewishShow More Summary

President Obama at the Bob Marley Museum

In the first State visit to Jamaica by a sitting American President since 1982, President Barack Obama visited 56 Hope Road, the former home of Bob Marley and the current site of the Bob Marley Museum--via PRI

American Museums Begin Returning Stolen Antiquities To India

“Several American museums have begun returning possibly stolen artifacts to India in response to a major federal investigation into the activities of Subhash Kapoor, a dealer identified by authorities as having once run the largest antiquities smuggling operation on American soil.”

Deeply strange black swallower fish and other odd animals

last weekHumor / odd : Boing Boing

The black swallower (Chiasmodon niger), capable of eating 10 times its weight, is only one of the curious animals introduced to visitors at the American Museum of Natural History's new Life At The Limits exhibition. Read the rest

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