Drinking About Museums @ the Museum of Science

Do you like learning about museums? Do you like talking about tech prototypes and new ways to interpret exhibits? Do you like the Boston Museum of Science? Do you like hanging out with clever museum people?

Then come to the monthly Drinking About Museums event tomorrow, May 10, at the Museum of Science.

More details here.

PS – If you don’t like the Museum of Science, then we’re no longer friends.

Opening Reception of Elements of Expression: The Art and Design of Elwyn George Gowen

Save the date! This years Exhibition Design class has been hard at work on a brand new exhibit at the Tufts Art Gallery, and they’re holding the reception on Thursday, May 3 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Here’s their announcement:

Save the Date:

Opening Reception of Elements of Expression: The Art and Design of Elwyn George Gowen

 

Tufts University Art Gallery, Aidekman Arts Center

 

Thursday, May 3, 5:30-8:00 pm 

A new exhibition at the Tufts University Art Gallery introduces the life and work of the artist Elwyn George Gowen. Elements of Expression presents the breadth of Gowen’s career, featuring color theory practices, design work, handicrafts, and landscape paintings. The exhibit is curated by Tufts University students from the Museum Studies graduate program and it will be open to the public from Thursday, May 3rd – Sunday, May 20th. A public opening reception will be held on May 3rd from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

 

Gowen began his career in early 20th century Boston during a revolutionary reconsideration of western art, craft, and educational practices. His strong command of color and design soon earned him significant appointments in the local arts and crafts community. Despite Gowen’s success, a summer excursion in 1931 to the Woodbury School in Ogunquit, Maine, dramatically changed the course of his artistic career. Romanced perhaps by the beauty of the natural landscape, by the community, or the methods and style of Charles Woodbury, Gowen permanently left his design career to study, teach, and paint from nature along the rocky coast of Maine. His steadfast exploration of color theory, design, and the methods and ways of seeing became uniquely his own throughout his progression from student to educator and from designer and craftsman to artist. For directions and other general information call the Tufts University Art Gallery at 617-627-3518 or visit http://artgallery@tufts.edu. The Tufts University Art Gallery is located in the Aidekman Arts Center, 40R Talbot Road, Medford, MA 02155.

 

The Gallery’s mission is to animate the intellectual life of the greater university community through exhibitions and programs that explore new, global perspectives on art and art discourse. The Gallery admission is free and open to the public ($3 suggested donation). It is also fully accessible. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm and Thursdays 11 am to 8 pm. Free event parking is available in the lot behind the Aidekman Arts Center, off Lower Campus Road. During regular visitor hours, there are free visitor parking spots in the Gallery parking lot.

Designing an Exhibit: The First Ladies

The Smithsonian has more resources than most of us can dream of, but what really impresses me is the way in which they put their resources to work. Their blogs are fantastic. They mix in stories from interns, volunteers, donors, curators, registrars, and many other staff members to present the whole story of an institution devoted to making the world a better, more-educated place.

Case in point: this post about the evolution of design in the First Ladies exhibit, one of the most popular at the National Museum of American History. Look at those old-style cases!

Exhibit Opening: Capturing Community

The exhibit opening for Capturing Community: Farming, Fishing, and Canning in New England is just two weeks from today!

So the answer to the question, hm, I wonder what I’m doing on Tuesday, May 10, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. is “I’ll be at the Tufts University Art Gallery, eating good food, listening to a great gallery talk by artist Markham Starr, and generally admiring all the brilliant work by my friends in the Exhibition Design class.”

Not that you need any more reasons to celebrate the end of the semester!

PS – More info about the Tufts Art Gallery here.

PPS – Follow along at the exhibit’s Facebook page, too.

PPPS – Just in case you’re the kind of museum geek who likes to come prepared, you can read about artist Markham Starr ahead of time.

Upcoming NEMA Workshops

There are some really great workshops coming up this spring, and if you’re a NEMA member, they’re only $40 each. Scroll down to check out a series of workshops sponsored by the NEMA Young Emerging Professionals – $15 each, 6-8pm, and focused on interviewing and building your resume.

Exhibitions & Conservators PAGs Workshop
Best Practices in Exhibit Lighting
Friday, March 4, 2011
deCordova Museum & Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
The Exhibitions and Conservators PAGs are teaming up this year to bring you a workshop on exhibit lighting — by popular demand!
Sponsored in part by Gaylord-Your Trusted Source®
Register

Historic Sites PAG Workshop
From Docents to Smart Phones: Creating a Compelling Interpretive Experience at Historic Sites
Friday, March 25, 2011
Gore Place, Waltham, MA
The ultimate goal of any historic site is not only to engage the visitor but to make their visit so memorable that they will return, support, and promote by word of mouth. This workshop will explore how historic sites create a compelling visitor experience.
Sponsored in part by Gaylord-Your Trusted Source®
Register

Children’s Museums & Exhibitions PAGs Workshop
Especially for Me: Innovative Ways Museums Can Support Visitors of All Abilities
Monday, March 28, 2011
Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke, MA
With an estimated 19% of Americans classified as disabled, how can museums be responsive to this segment of the population? Join us at Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke, MA, as we explore innovative ways to design exhibits and programs that promote inclusion and disability awareness.
Register

Membership, Development, PR and Marketing PAG Workshop
Best of Times, Worst of Times: Making the Most of What You Have
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Fitchburg Art Museum
This year’s workshop sessions will demonstrate strategies for getting a lot accomplished with small staffs and small budgets. Learn to effectively promote and execute fundraising events; discover ways to prosper as a development department of one; and share ways to get the best publicity possible for your institution.
Register

New This Year!!

Learn, Laugh, Live: A New Series of Mini-Workshops with Maxi-Impact
A series of mini-workshops*
Presented by the Young and Emerging Museum Professionals (YEP) PAG
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on March 23, April 20, May 11, 2011
Otis House, Historic New England, Boston, MA
Co-sponsored by Historic New England
LEARN — How to Interview “Big Wig” Speed Dating Style
LAUGH — How to Break into a Tricky Field in a Tough Economy
LOVE — How to Build Your Resume Through Internships, Articles, Conferences, and Presentations
* Each mini-workshop is $15 for NEMA Members, $25 for Non-Members. Members can register for all three mini-workshops for $40.
Register

Space is limited. Please visit www.nemanet.org and sign up today!

Registration Fee (includes lunch): $50 NEMA members / $60 non-members / $40 students