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New Hobby Report: Drawing

This week I was really stuck for a topic for The Last Word on Nothing, so I wrote about something I’ve been doing lately: drawing. I love the drawings in old-timey scientists’ field notebooks. Drawing is particularly a natural history … Continue reading

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Arctic Art

Right now at the AAAS headquarters in D.C. there’s an exhibit of art about the melting Arctic. I was invited to the opening because I’m vaguely acquainted with one of the artists via Twitter. I thought I was just going … Continue reading

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My Taste is Amazing

I was watching the first Harry Potter movie the other day–those kids got a lot better at acting as they got older–and noticed two pieces of art that I’ve seen and blogged about in the last year. The chess set … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Neues Museum

One of the main attractions in Berlin is the Museumsinsel (Museum Island) in the center of town. It’s about halfway between the Brandenburg Gate and Alexanderplatz, two landmarks of the former East Germany. The island includes the Pergamon Museum, which … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Musée national du Moyen Âge

Usually I write about museums with some kind of science component. But let me tell you about the Musée national du Moyen Âge – the museum of the Middle Ages in Paris. You know those tapestries with the lady and the … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: National Gallery Dragon Tour

Two weekends ago the Washington Post ran a nice story about a docent at the National Gallery who is retired from the zoo and has created a “dragon tour” of the art. So last Wednesday I turned up at the … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Musée Saint-Raymond

People have been living in Toulouse for thousands of years. To learn about the slice of that history from a bit before the year 1 to a few hundred years after, I heartily recommend a stop at the Musée Saint-Raymond, … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: SFO Museum, Hindu Sculpture

Last week my travels took me through the San Francisco International Airport again. When I flew out of the United terminal last summer, they had an exhibit from the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. This time, the … Continue reading

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museum tourist: Hirshhorn

I must admit, I haven’t been inside the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum in years. It’s not that I don’t like it. But modern art isn’t my top priority, and if I’ve gotten that far, I’m just more likely to go to … Continue reading

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museum tourist: MoMA

About 10 years ago, the Museum of Modern Art in New York closed for a two-year renovation. I read all about it at the time. Being a person who is super on top of the news, I finally made it … Continue reading

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