Museums

Review: British Museum presents: Hokusai can’t quite replicate an in-person experience

That cresting blue-and-white wave is Katsushika Hokusai’s most recognized image. The foreground of the famous Japanese woodblock is full of tiny details, showing fisherman in their boats cowering beneath the animalistic surge of water. The background of <i>The Great Wave</i> – it’s actual title is <i>Under the</i> …

British Museum

Study shows ancient California Indians risked toxins from bitumen-coated bottles

Finding clean ways to store water is a challenge that humans have faced for millennia. In a new paper in Environmental Health, anthropologist Sabrina …

Smithsonian

Scientists honor David Bowie by naming a 100-million-year-old wasp after David Bowie

David Bowie's memory is being preserved in a pretty unexpected way.<p>Nearly a year and a half after the "Space Oddity" singer's death, scientists have named a new, 100-million-year-old extinct species of wasps after him. The announcement was made in a paper in the latest edition of the <i>Journal of</i> …

Natural History Museums

Galactic Pulses: The Best Moments of Make Music New York

<i>Every year on the summer solstice, some 1,000 free events, most inviting audience participation, sprawl through the city, from dawn to night, under the auspices of Make Music New York. During the 2017 installment, on Wednesday, our critics experienced a few of the offerings.</i><p><i>Read the rest of our</i> …

American Museum of Natural History

Women’s History Museum show mixes performance, fashion & art

The New York-based anti-fashion label puts on another show featuring its radical clothing<p>I am at the latest presentation put on by Women’s History Museum, a New York-based fashion label headed by Amanda McGowan and Rivkah Barringer. In just four shows it has quickly surfaced as a post-fashion icon, …

Women's History

Caravaggio's Final Days

The final days of Caravaggio's life is an amazing story—one fit for Hollywood, though it was the British filmmaker Derek Jarman who made the movie …

Art Museums

Renzo Piano’s Centro Botín Opens in Santander, Triumphing Over Controversies and Delays

Art World<p>After a three-year delay, the stunning private museum is finally open. But can its program match the architecture?<p>,<p>The long-awaited Centro …

Architecture

Eight London bookshops where you can have your cake and eat it

If tucking into a book and a slice of cake is your idea of happy, these London bookshops might just be your cup of tea.<p>Cakes are serious business in …

British Museum

Skyscraper Bookcase Desk, ca. 1928

L x W x D: 219.7 × 163.8 × 85.1 cm (86 1/2 in. × 64 1/2 in. × 33 1/2 in.)<p>This object may be subject to Copyright, loan conditions or other …

Smithsonian

This Museum Showcases the Most Epicly Failed Products in History

A new museum in Sweden wants you to see the bright side of f**king it up.<p>Some things might sound like a good idea at first—but then quickly, they do not. For instance, a can of Coca-Cola that tastes like Pepsi, or a Harley Davidson Perfume to add the right amount of biker smell. How about an …

Harley Davidson

California Can Reconceive the Arts by Offering More Choices and Ways to Participate

California is undergoing massive changes in technology, demography, the nature of work and, thus, in leisure activity. So is its cultural sector, …

Art Museums

Scientists Want To Reshape Darwin’s ’Tree Of Life’

In 1859, Charles Darwin included a novel tree of life in his trailblazing book on the theory of evolution, On the Origin of Species. Now, scientists …

Evolutionary Biology

After expansion, NYC's Leslie Lohman Museum provides an even bigger platform for LGBTQ artists

The Soho-based museum reopened in March after a six-month renovation and expansion<p>In October 2016, the world’s first and only museum focused on LGBTQ art, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in Soho shutdown for a six-month renovation. When it reopened in March this year, the museum had …

Meet the Curator

Dr. Mark Siddall is a curator in the Museum’s Division of Invertebrate Zoology.<p>His research has focused on the evolutionary biology of a wide range …

Natural History

Palace Museum honors farmer who donated rare cultural relics

A memorial service was held in the Palace Museum in Beijing on Thursday to pay tribute to a farmer who donated rare cultural relics to the museum, …

Archaeology

A question of interpretation

What is ‘interpretation’? Broadly speaking, it is anything that help visitors make sense of the Museum and its collection.<p>Visitors in the Egyptian …

British Museum

The Art Institute wants to show you new Gauguin

Art historians know there was much more to Paul Gauguin than paintings of "bare breasts and mangoes," as Gloria Groom, the curator of a new Art Institute exhibition on the French multimedia artist, puts it.<p>The general public, however, may not see the stockbroker-turned-impressionist …

Paul Gauguin

Cold-Blooded Mummy: How India's Hot Weather Preserved a Reptile

Chameleon Mummified Alive by the Tropical Sun pic.twitter.com/BRPieQtHyl<p>— Romina Jakki (@ThursthylpSumpl) June 21, 2017<p>A thirsty chameleon that …

American Museum of Natural History

Guatemala’s sole museum of contemporary art is coming to L.A., and it only fits four people

There are museums, and then there is NuMu. NuMu, also known as Nuevo Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, is not merely Guatemala’s only museum of …

Museums of Contemporary Art

The world's 20 most popular museums

(CNN) — While elbow room is undoubtedly still very scarce around Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa," the museum that houses her is no longer the No. 1 most visited museum in the world.<p>After four consecutive years on record as the museum world's top draw, the Louvre fell to No. 3 for attendance in the …

National Air and Space Museum

The 58-Year Evolution of Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum

<i>This article originally appeared on guggenheim.org/blogs under the title "Wright’s Living Organism: The Evolution of the Guggenheim Museum," and is</i> …

Architecture

Why is contemporary art edging out historical works at museums?

Museums that organise contemporary art exhibitions attract more people per exhibition, studies find.<p>For Americans who love art by the likes of Hans …

Art

Why Is a Parrot Living in the Guggenheim Museum?

Art World<p>Pinkie has a specially curated selection of "non-objective" films to watch in the rotunda, and will be leading "birds-eye tours" around the …

The Arts

Reasons Why London Is The Greatest City In The World

Despite delays on the underground, huge crowds on Oxford Street that are always going in the opposite direction to you, and restaurants in Soho so …

Museum of London

National Museum of the American Indian : Item Detail

Culture/People:<p>Tlingit<p>Object name:<p>Dance staff with octopus design<p>Date created:<p>circa 1915<p>Place:<p>Alaska; USA<p>Media/Materials:<p>Wood, paint, …

Smithsonian

barung / demung

Object type<p>Museum number<p>As1859,1228.200<p>Description<p>Saron, probably a saron barung, part of a Javanese musical ensemble (Gamelan). It has seven bronze …

British Museum

Phil Wiggins, awarded 2017 National Heritage Fellowship

We, at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, are thrilled at the news that our old friend …

Smithsonian

Count on It

<i>Decades of annual observations can yield valuable information for wildlife conservation.</i><p>Every 10 years, the United States Census takes a snapshot of …

Natural History

A Moment for the Nation | Annual Report 2016 | Smithsonian.edu - A Moment for the Nation | Annual Report 2016 | Smithsonian Institution

Director Lonnie Bunch, Rep. John Lewis, Michael Bonner and Shonda Rhimes reflect on the opening day of the National Museum of African American …

Smithsonian

V&A · Art Deco: where tradition meets modernity

• Share<p>The extraordinary blend of tradition and progress is the essence of many Art Deco objects in the V&A collections, including works by John …

UK Universities