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Open the Door & Come In: Celebrating Penny Balkin Bach

“Open the Door and Come In,” a sweet phrase invented as a fortune cookie prediction by her granddaughter, fully expresses the life and work of Penny Balkin Bach, Public Art Dialogue’s (PAD) 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Penny is the longtime executive director of the Association for Public Art (APA; formerly the Fairmount Park Art […]

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ARTLAB+, the Hirshhorn’s YOUmedia Space, Ushers in a New Conception of the Museum for Teens

July 31, 2012 by Ryan Hill, Director of Digital Learning Programs, ARTLAB+, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Local teens experiment with music software in the Hirshhorn’s YOUmedia center. Photo by Maya Munoz The Hirshhorn is known as the Smithsonian’s contemporary and modern art museum, but in October 2011, when it opened its YOUmedia space, ARTLAB+, […]

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Public Art Creates an Elevated Mood

I went to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) last week to see Levitated Mass. I love Michael Heizer’s work and travel miles to see it. His commissioned projects in Seattle and Reno are my places of cultural tourism. I saw Double Negative in decay in 1980 and City Complex in its early […]

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Art Works Podcast: Curator Sarah Cash

July 5, 2012 By Josephine Reed Mount Corcoran by Albert Bierstadt, used courtesy of the Corcoran Gallery of Art In this week’s podcast, we celebrate the Fourth of July by visiting one of the great collections of American art. With curator Sarah Cash as guide, we learn what went into the making of the American […]

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Inside the NEA: Getting to Know Patricia Loiko

June 5, 2012 Patricia Loiko. Photo by Darrell Green A veteran of the equally venerable Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Patricia Loiko joined the NEA last week as our new Indemnity Administrator. In her new position, the New England native takes responsibility for overseeing the federal Arts and Artifacts Indemnity […]

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Postcard from New York and Charleston

June 1, 2012 By Rocco Landesman At the Blue Star Museums launch event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. From l-r: Brad Cooper, executive director of Joining Forces; Gunnery Sergeant Mark Butler, USMC Public Affairs, NYC; Emily Rafferty, president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman; Blue Star […]

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Welcome Back, Blue Star Museums!

May 25, 2012 By Rebecca Gross From Charleston to New York City, Rocco was up and down the east coast this week celebrating the launch of Blue Star Museums. Now in its third year, the program honors active duty service members and their families by offering free admission to over 1,600 participating museums between Memorial […]

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The 99% and the Arts

The arts are positively integrated into the Occupy Movement in several ways, but they are also a front on which activists are attacking the economic system. While the arts field wrestles internally with issues of diversity and aging, attacks by Occupy activists are actually an affirmation of the relevance of the arts in civic life. […]

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Art & Inquiry at the Exploratorium

by Marina McDougall, Director, Center for Art & Inquiry White Light © The Exploratorium, www.exploratorium.edu Physicist and educator Frank Oppenheimer founded the Exploratorium in 1969 as a museum of art, science, and human perception. A hybrid between a laboratory and a public museum, the Exploratorium’s roots lie in an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the world. […]

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Making Science Intimate: Translating and Integrating the Arts and Humanities with Biology and Medicine

by Roger Malina, Distinguished Professor of Art and Technology and Professor of Physics, University of Texas, Dallas and Directeur de Recherche au CNRS, Aix Marseille Universite Making Science Intimate Earworm (node) by Deborah Aschheim, 2008, speakers, LED’s, plastic, copper tubing. This sound sculpture translates the musicians’ improvisation on the word “node,”(which brings up associations of […]

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