Night at the Mouseion

ancientart:

Examples of ancient Chinese ceramics at the Palace Museum.

Painted pottery pot with dragon and phoenix relief. Western Han Dynasty, 206-8 B.C.

White pottery “Bu” with carved geometric pattern, Shang Dynasty, 1600-1100 B.C.

Painted pottery pot of the Majiayao Culture, Neolithic era, 2200-2000 B.C.

Courtesy of & currently located at the Palace Museum, Beijing. Photos taken by Xuan Che, CC BY 2.0.

romkids:

Where the Brick Works meets the Museum
All ‘round the Museum, inside and out, you’ll notice these big pink signs displaying a little fact about our history. This one is my favourite. Our Head of Facilities likes to tell me that not only does the Museum hold artifacts and specimens but it is one itself with an important place in Toronto’s history.

romkids:

Where the Brick Works meets the Museum

All ‘round the Museum, inside and out, you’ll notice these big pink signs displaying a little fact about our history. This one is my favourite. Our Head of Facilities likes to tell me that not only does the Museum hold artifacts and specimens but it is one itself with an important place in Toronto’s history.

sfmoma:

SubmissionFriday:
'The Jungle'
mixed media on canvas
2014 | 10” X 10” https://www.facebook.com/viviennehollisartist

sfmoma:

SubmissionFriday:

'The Jungle'

mixed media on canvas

2014 | 10” X 10” https://www.facebook.com/viviennehollisartist

classic-art:

Daniel and Cyrus Before the Idol Bel
Rembrandt van Rijn, 1633

classic-art:

Daniel and Cyrus Before the Idol Bel

Rembrandt van Rijn, 1633

Museums would do well to learn a thing or two from Jansen and focus more on the creating and spreading the digital DNA of our shared cultural heritage, and less on controlling access to those assets. This is a call to be both more promiscuous and more discriminating in what we share and how. I know that sounds contradictory, but bear with me.

Museums’ current survival strategy is not unlike those of creatures that have evolved on remote islands. We have gotten very good at passing on one model of “museum” from generation to generation. We may have developed elaborate plumage and interesting displays, but these mask the underlying sameness of the idea we pass on. As long as the larger ecosystem evolved slowly, museums could adapt and keep pace. The global internet has shattered that isolation for good, and in the new ecosystem our current reproductive specialization will not continue to serve us well. Insularity — the tendency to look inward, ignore the larger world and produce institutions are increasingly self-referential, self-pleasing, and obscure to the billions of potential museumgoers — is a strategy for extinction.

The Virtues of Promiscuity

or, Why giving it away is the future

rmanyc:

Join artist #CarmenMensink at the #RubinMuseum this #weekend for a 3-part workshop in our #BodiesInBalance exhibit. Find this Red Wolf-Headed Protectress and more #inspiration for discussion, sketching, & art-making! More details online & to come! http://ift.tt/1zklxoE

rmanyc:

Join artist #CarmenMensink at the #RubinMuseum this #weekend for a 3-part workshop in our #BodiesInBalance exhibit. Find this Red Wolf-Headed Protectress and more #inspiration for discussion, sketching, & art-making! More details online & to come! http://ift.tt/1zklxoE