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A little levity for your Monday morning…

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on September 23, 2013 in potpourri |

Courtesy of Buzzfeed: The Smartest, Funniest, Most Informative Museum Ads. Definitely good for the inspiration box… and good for a giggle. Happy Monday?  

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Museums in the News

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on April 28, 2013 in museums in the movies |

Here’s our weekly round-up of our favorite things that were said about museums this week: the good, the bad, and the really quite strange! But first, I was sad to hear of E.L. Konigsburg’s death this week. Her book, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler made a huge impression on me as a […]

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A bit of fun: Regina Spektor, “All the Rowboats”

Posted by Amanda Gustin on July 13, 2012 in potpourri |

Trust me, this really is about art museums, despite the visual imagery. Listen to the words – she’s actually making some interesting commentary on the way art is treated in museums.

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The Museum Never Sleeps

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 2, 2012 in potpourri |

This was going to go into our museums in the news roundup, but it’s too cool not to get its own post. John Kannenberg, audio artist, has sampled the daily and ambient sounds Kelsey Museum of Archaeology in Ann Arbor, Michigan along with a number of other museums around the world. Check it out. It’s […]

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Stuff Museum People Say

Posted by Amanda Gustin on February 22, 2012 in potpourri |

You may have heard of the “Stuff ___ Say” meme. They’re basically short videos of condensed humorous phrases that groups of people say. Here’s an example of my previous personal favorite of the genre: Stuff Riders Say. I say “previous,” because the intrepid staff at the Atlanta History Center have produced an utterly hilarious version […]

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Call for Curatorial Proposals

Posted by Amanda Gustin on February 8, 2012 in potpourri |

Here’s a really intriguing opportunity to the art-focused among us. Would love to see a Tufts student take advantage of this! CALL TO ARTISTS & CURATORS: Deadline: April 9, 2012. THE NEW ART CENTER in Newton’s fantastic Curatorial Opportunity Program (COP) gives you the opportunity to experiment in a large, unique and alternative space. The […]

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Ryan Gosling Loves Museums

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 26, 2011 in potpourri |

Ah, the internet, which can take anything and turn it into an endlessly hilarious, self-replicating meme. In other news, Ryan Gosling apparently really loves museums.

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How to make a great museum? Make your staff happy.

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 16, 2011 in potpourri |

The Happy Museum Project, which is putting together a really interesting assortment of studies, thinking, and initiatives (if you’re not getting their newsletter, go sign up!), just published an interesting article from Steve Gardam, Head of Live Programmes at the London Transport Museum. Gardam went to an event called “Action for Happiness” at the Cass […]

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Museums in the Movies: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Posted by Amanda Gustin on November 4, 2011 in museums in the movies |

Continuing our fun series of museums featured in the movies, here’s a clip from the classic 1986 movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Ferris, his girlfriend Sloane, and his best friend Cameron, skip a day of school and cruise around Chicago. Hijinks ensue. This scene, set at the Art Institute of Chicago, is especially wonderful.

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Museums in the Movies: The Thomas Crown Affair

Posted by Amanda Gustin on October 28, 2011 in museums in the movies |

We’re going to try an occasional series here of posting fun clips of museums in the movies. Today’s is from my personal favorite museum movie of all time: the 1999 remake of The Thomas Crown Affair. For those of you who haven’t seen the movie, you really need to. It’s about an art heist at […]

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Museum Admission Fees

Posted by Amanda Gustin on October 12, 2011 in potpourri |

Over the summer, the Metropolitan Museum of Art raised its suggested admission donation to $25. The Museum of Modern Art and our own Boston Museum of Fine Arts have followed suit. The moves have sparked a number of articles both for and against, and this one from the Art Newspaper website is by far the […]

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Dealing With Your Cognitive Load

Posted by Amanda Gustin on September 28, 2011 in potpourri |

Ed Rodley, of the Museum of Science and the blog Thinking About Exhibits, has had a wonderful series of posts recently about “Dealing With Your Cognitive Load.” In a four-part series, he lays out the ways that information can come to you and how you can deal with it to make the most productive use […]

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What do free muffins and museums have in common?

Posted by Amanda Gustin on September 9, 2011 in forum not temple, potpourri |

I ask you, faithful readers: what do you think free muffins and museums have in common? Your answer: both have an endowment. At the Empire Grill in Skowhegan, Maine, one customer each day is given a free muffin before noon. Sure, you think – restaurants must comp food all the time. What makes this different? […]

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The Missing Piece Documentary

Posted by Amanda Gustin on August 12, 2011 in potpourri |

August 21, 2011 is the 100 year anniversary of the famous theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in Paris. The painting disappeared for two years, stolen by Italian artist Vincenzo Peruggia. Joe Medeiros is a comedic writer who has been obsessed with the theft for most of his life, and to commemorate the […]

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Satire and the Museum

Posted by Amanda Gustin on August 3, 2011 in forum not temple, potpourri |

The always-interesting blog Asking Audiences, which is the voice of Slover-Linett Strategies, has a good response to the recent Onion article that cleverly (and painfully!) characterizes art museums as “art jails.” The Onion’s art museum joke is worth taking seriously

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Seeing Through Touch

Posted by Amanda Gustin on August 2, 2011 in potpourri |

Some lovely historic photographs for you of an innovative educational program at the Sunderland Museum. It would never, ever fly today. You’ll see why.

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Historypin Review

Posted by Amanda Gustin on July 13, 2011 in potpourri |

So on Monday we announced the launch of Historypin, a really interesting new interactive history project. Users from all over the world can share digital content – stories, videos, photos – by “pinning” it to the Google Maps interface. Today we’ll have a quick review/overview of the nuts and bolts of the project, and then […]

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Becoming 100 Artists at Once

Posted by Amanda Gustin on June 27, 2011 in potpourri |

I know I’ve mentioned TED talks before, but here’s a great new one from artist Shea Hembrey, about developing a diverse artistic style: How I Became 100 Artists

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Some Great Blogs for You

Posted by Amanda Gustin on May 23, 2011 in potpourri |

We’re always happy to showcase useful, interesting blogs for those interested in museums. Here’s a roundup of a few you might want to add to your regular reading list. (There are  a couple of great ways to easily follow blogs you like, including ours; this post sums up your options.) ArtDaily – Pointed out by […]

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Gardner Heist: Solved

Posted by Amanda Gustin on May 20, 2011 in potpourri |

Want some fun for a Friday afternoon? Stephen Colbert confessed to the 1990 heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum a few days ago. Yes, you read that right. Just watch the clip. The Colbert Report Tags: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive

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Great Interview

Posted by Amanda Gustin on May 12, 2011 in potpourri |

ExhibiTricks, a great museum design/exhibition blog, has a fantastic interview with Rachel Hellenga up this week. Hellenga talks about her background, museum skills, the exhibition process, and where museums are going next. Go check it out.

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The Pitfalls of Non-Profit Accounting

Posted by Amanda Gustin on April 25, 2011 in forum not temple, potpourri |

So sorry for going dark for a little while – it’s been an eventful few weeks for your industrious blogger. We’ll be back to regular posting this week. As always, if you have any suggestions for posts or would like to contribute by guest posting, please email me: amanda.gustin[at]tufts[dot]edu. If you’ve seen the news lately, […]

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Where is Spring?

Posted by Amanda Gustin on April 11, 2011 in potpourri |

Today, I have the pleasure of introducing another new voice to the blog. Maryam Keramaty is finishing up her certificate in museum studies this spring. Her post captures what all of New England feels about this time of year – where is spring? Maryam journeyed to the Museum of Fine Arts in hopes of an […]

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Improv at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 18, 2011 in forum not temple, potpourri |

You might well have seen this already – it’s gone viral in museum circles – but just in case you haven’t: King Philip IV recently signed autographs in front of his Velazquez portrait at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Well, sort of. Scroll down and read the comments on Improv Everywhere’s write-up of the stunt. […]

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“It’s a love story…”

Posted by Amanda Gustin on February 3, 2011 in potpourri |

Musician Josh Ritter’s new album came out last May, and one of his tracks tells of a love story between an archaeologist and her mummy – their ups and downs, their joint academic career, and all the time they spend in museums. Ritter’s drummer, Liam Hurley, also happens to be a master puppeteer, and he […]

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Tufts Instructor Ken Turino in New Hampshire Public Television Documentary

Posted by Amanda Gustin on January 4, 2011 in events, potpourri |

“At the River’s Edge : An Oral History of Berlin, New Hampshire” Berlin, New Hampshire, in the heart of the Northern Forest, is a small city of approximately 10,000 people, best known for its paper mills and being the largest producer of newsprint in the world during the mid-twentieth century. The city’s history is as […]

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