When I was on vacation in Chicago last year I stopped by the Field Museum and happened to catch a video in the Senegal exhibit of a musician playing and singing a song that I thought was really beautiful. I recall that he was playing the kora and that the lyrics pertained to a shaman or similar person. I have tried looking on the Field Museum website and sending them an email but no dice so far. Does anyone know who is in the video and/or the name of the song?
Why do art museums not publish a list of works in a show? [more inside]
My favorite part of museums these days are the visible storage units. My favorite part of natural history museums are old-fashioned drawers filled with air-tight cases. I want to know more about the history and practice of storing/preserving art objects, paintings, sculpture, textiles, etc. What books/websites should I be reading to find out more? The more weirdly medium specific and detailed the better. Strange anecdotes very much welcome.
Help me track down a WWII propaganda cartoon that played in the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts' entrance gallery, probably sometime in 2006? I have a memory of watching a WWII propaganda cartoon on an early date with my eventual wife. We sat & chatted on the bench in the entrance gallery while the cartoon was projected onto the big wall in between the entrance & exit thresholds. I remember an imp-like creature, possibly doing some sabotage. I'm pretty sure it wasn't Dr. Seuss' "Private SNAFU", although I suppose I could be wrong. I don't remember it being particularly racist, which ought to help narrow it down a bit. Do you know which cartoon that was? I'd really like to get a picture of that imp from my memory.
My friend is graduating next month with a degree in Museum Studies. I'd like to get her a book as a graduation present. Can you recommend any good memoirs or biographies or popular nonfiction books set in the museum world? I would rather it not be mainly about heists or looting or art crime.
I have an odd job interview coming up. I need advise on a children's book to read to a grown up audience and a two minute poem or "fun" monologue to recite. I think it'd be best if these related to the joy of learning or science. For the book, I might just read part of "Corduroy" because its beautiful and sweet, but what about the other requirement? [more inside]
My favorite place in the entire world is Philadelphia's exquisite and incomparable Mütter Museum, I've seen Body Worlds more than a dozen times... and you should probably refrain from clicking either of those links if you are squeamish. I will soon be spending a week in NYC followed by a week in Washington, DC. Can you help me make a list of similar museums, exhibits, and collections to visit while I'm there? [more inside]
What can you tell me about the field(s) of museum/historical society registrars/collections, preservation, and digital preservation? In a few years, I want to go back to work in a new career, and these have recently crossed my radar. [more inside]
I need to entertain my 2.5 year old for several hours this weekend while my wife attends a bridal shower in Macungie, PA - which is right outside of Allentown PA, here's a Google Maps link of the area. Can anyone suggest an indoor playground or children's museum or something else that my kid might enjoy? Something within a 30 minute drive?
An opportunity to consult for a prestigious institution fell into my lap right as I've been trying to make a professional shift, how do I make the most of it? [more inside]
Help me locate this historic home /museum in the Fall River area of Rhode Island near or across the border in Massachusetts. (No Lovecraft jokes required.) [more inside]
I would like to know more about how, in this day and age, major museums acquire ancient relics that have only recently been discovered. Who are the middlemen involved between someone discovering a cache of artifacts, and said objects ending up at a Smithsonian-level institution? Are there brokers for such things? Museum auctions? [more inside]
Help me and my kids plan a fun, low-hassle weekend in New York watching Missus_A run the marathon! [more inside]
I am tasked with stocking up a Maker Space gallery that will be part of a museum. I'm very much a crafter and maker myself, but am looking for the Makers of MetaFilter to tell me your favorite tools, especially ones for small hands (we will be catering to kids and families, as young as 3 years old). We will be doing simple woodworking projects (already looking at Japanese Pull Saws), sewing, circuitry, paper art, lots of tinkering (including activities with recycled materials and new materials). We are focusing on "real" tools (no plastic Fisher Price kids stuff, please), and I expect to buy a couple different versions of some items (hammers for smaller people, hammers for bigger jobs). The tools will get lots of use, so I'm happy to spend a bit more if it means I don't have to constantly replace broken items. I am especially looking for specific recommendations for specific tools, reviews, or resources ("these sewing scissors are amazing for the price" or "don't buy this brand of clamp" or "this site sells very good quality paper punches"). Thanks in advance!
I am designing a website for a set of museum exhibits. The curator designed the museum panels so two items are displayed on each panel and the viewer experiences them in each other's context. If we were making a book instead of a website, we would place these items on facing pages. What is the equivalent of facing pages in web layout? Can you think of websites that pair items so they are experienced together (i.e. without scrolling down)? [more inside]
What's a good way to keep track of information about images of paintings I've downloaded (artist, title, year, museum, and so on)? [more inside]
I work at a Museum and we are about to roll out a new staffing model for our part time staff. Essentially a "career ladder", the program will have four stages of progression starting with general skills (everyone in this stage can float around the Museum providing customer service, essentially). The three subsequent stages add increased specialization, training and skills (employees in stage 4 can lead teach programs like camp, for example). We have a pretty young staff, and are generally a hands-on STEAM (science technology engineering art and math) focused institution. We're looking for creative names for the stages that are descriptive without being too silly. Any thoughts? [more inside]
I live in a major city with a ton of interesting gallery and museum exhibitions. I've too often found that I missed a show. Is there an iphone app that will easily keep track only of shows I'm interested in seeing, listing their opening and closing dates? Or has anyone found a successful way to keep track? Bonus: a reminder letting me know when they're closing soon. Also interested in evernote and google calendar solutions.
I’m interested in getting a subscription/membership to a museum or similar location in the Boston area as a gift. I’m really looking for something that would appeal to a younger adult without kids who likes a broad range of cultural activities. I’ve considered the Museum of Science and the Museum of Fine Arts, but I’d love to hear first hand impressions of those and get other suggestions. It doesn’t have to be a museum specifically (could be, say, a theater subscription), but I'd like to keep it under $150ish and it does have to be MBTA accessible and let in at least 2 adults.
Looking for recommendations for the best non-fiction books on the subject of running a large museum/art archive. From any POV, from the fund-raising presidents to the ticket takers, guards, and art history interns in the basements. I'm looking for more large, prestige institutions ("What is it like to work at the Met" for example) but smaller collections or niche museums are also good.
I have a new work schedule (Tuesday-Saturday) which, after taking care of chores on Sunday, leaves me with Monday off. I also have discounted access to most of the cultural institutions of NYC. I'd like to use my Mondays well. Please suggest things to do on Mondays in NYC. [more inside]
Fingers crossed, I'll have a spare (if probably jet-lagged) day in Manchester, UK, soon, and am looking for a thing or two to do. The sort of stuff I go for includes museums (science/technology, art, transport), history, industrial archaeology, cool architecture (Calatrava style), walking about, local cheap/take-out food, that sort of thing. Thanks! [more inside]
I found some stone tablets written in a strange alphabet amongst a bunch of graves from different eras at the city museum of Tire, Turkey. The guy working the desk at the museum didn't know what they were. Pictures in extended. [more inside]
This picture is a framed clipping from a magazine that dates back more than 30 years. The original is by Pietro Annigoni, I believe. I am looking for a copy of the original that is better quality than a magazine clipping. [more inside]
Someone has asked to license a photo I took of someone else's art. I have no right to the artist's work; I took the photo at a museum. I have no intention of licensing my photo unless and until appropriate arrangements are made with the artist and museum. How to proceed? [more inside]
Birmingham, England. Christmas Day. Is *anything* open at all? [more inside]
What's the best app or website for learning about and seeing lots of museum art? [more inside]
In Helsinki: your favorite contemporary art galleries? [more inside]
Help me identify an eccentric artist that gave tours of his house in Seattle around the year 2000. He was obsessed with a number (four or five, maybe) and had many conditions for his tours that hinged upon that number (i.e. needing four people to tour the property, and tours being available in four minute or four hour duration). He might have gone by "[first name] Art".
Name that incredibly photorealistic painting of a (bishop?) at a European museum (the Prado?). [more inside]
Recommendations for unusual travel experiences (not just places) in or near Paris? [more inside]
Where can I find resources on the web or in print for great art-making and unique crafty ideas for adults? [more inside]
Washington DC museums - What are some good museums in DC for the history of technology, transport, computers, etc. - I do know about the Smithsonian and their Air and Space Museum. Thanks!
What rare, important, especially unusual recordings can I only see at TV museums in the U.S.? [more inside]
How to I become the person who designs fun science exhibits and demo? [more inside]
Does anyone know how to hunt down an animated film they used to (or still do) show at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History? It was attached to the marine life/oceans exhibit and was about the origins of life and natural selection. Absent finding a copy of the film online, does anyone else remember seeing this? [more inside]
I am a new resident of the DC area. What resources should I use to inform a "deep dive" into area museums and attractions? [more inside]
I'm thinking of moving (back) to Chattanooga. What is the job market like there? [more inside]
I visit art museums and travel around the US. I'm looking for a museum membership that gives me the best deal on reciprocal admission to other museums. [more inside]
What is the coolest thing you can imagine doing at a historic house? [more inside]
Need Help planning a Berkeley CA/East Bay Staycation with my wife. [more inside]
I need help recontextualizing my skillset. I think I’m looking at my resume too literally, and boxing myself in unnecessarily when it comes to looking for other options. [more inside]
What is your favorite, can't miss museum, botanical garden, aquarium, zoo or other attraction that is using cool visitor experience technology? Bonus points if they're in Washington, D.C., New York City, San Francisco, Portland, Los Angeles or Seattle. [more inside]
In Orange Country, California for a few days. What tourist spots would be appropriate for a "right winger" tour? [more inside]
Can you give some advice on what to say in a "philosophy statement on museum education and exhibition" as part of a resume? The job for which I'm applying is a long shot for me, but I really do think I'd be a great fit for it, and I want a fighting chance to actually make it to the interview. [more inside]
Name that book! Trapped in a museum(?). Hunted by aliens(?). Unable to leave due to some type of force field or collars. [more inside]
Where can I go to see fetuses in jars? I really like seeing fetuses in jars. I find them fascinating. I have seen the ones at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and also some fantastic deformed fetuses at the anatomy lab at my university. I want to see more fetuses in jars! All kinds of fetuses! What are some other places where I can go to see fetuses in jars? I do a bit of traveling so even places outside of the US would great too. Thanks!
What are some examples of exemplary use of mobile (applications, mobile sites, sms, cameraphones, phone numbers on exhibit items) in or about museums? Basically, what arts organizations and museums are using the fact that their audience (in or even beyond the museum) in a way that enhances the effect (educational, entertainment, engagement) of the museum, and how do they do it?
How can I get permission to throw a charity event at a local (NYC) museum/attraction? [more inside]