museums

New York
1:20 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

At September 11 Museum, Promises To The Future About The Past

Daniels and Greenwald discuss ongoing development of the museum's historical exhibitions and memorial on Jan. 24.
Brock Miller Splash News/Corb

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 10:10 am

The Wall Street Journal offices on Liberty Street were evacuated after the first plane hit, though none of us knew then that a plane had hit. We joined a small crowd on the sidewalk and squinted up at the smoking building. I remember the second plane flying right over our heads, though this may be inaccurate. But the impact I'm sure of, and the debris, and a stranger shielding my body with his. We saw people jump with an awful grace, but we did not linger. Lucky not to get caught, lucky not to lose someone.

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The Faith Middleton Show
9:44 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Smithsonian: Meaning of Family Heirlooms

Credit Tadson Bussey/flickr creative commons

A chair… letter… diary… clock… coin… jewel… car… house… meat grinder… what makes a family heirloom have powerful meaning, even if it has little monetary value? That question will be answered when you read The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects by Richard Kurin.

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All Tech Considered
5:16 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

An Algorithm Is A Curator At The Sept. 11 Museum

"Timescape" finds words in the news associated with Sept. 11, and weights them according to prominence in a story — not just how often they appear.
Gaurav Bradoo

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 4:34 pm

Sept. 11, 2001, means many things — and conflicting things — to each of us. Charged emotions, and debates over a history that's still so recent, made it really hard to design the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in Lower Manhattan. It was so difficult, in fact, that museum curators decided to try something quite new. They decided to hand off major curatorial duties to a computer algorithm.

Analytic Stop In An Emotional Journey

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Why Not Hartford?
5:13 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Never Tell Them The Odds: Cities Vie To Host 'Star Wars' Collection

While cities are still competing for the not yet built Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, parts of the collection are already on display. The "Star Wars Identities" traveling exhibition, currently at the Cite du Cinema in Saint-Denis, France, features 200 objects from George Lucas' collection — including the costumes of Chewbacca, Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa.
Patrick Kovarik AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 7:12 pm

A short time ago, in a city not far away, Star Wars creator George Lucas decided to build a museum to house his movie memorabilia and his art collection.

There's just one looming question: Where should it go?

Lucas says he'll spend $300 million of his own money to build the proposed Lucas Cultural Arts Museum and will provide a $400 million endowment after his death. In addition to holding Skywalker artifacts galore, the museum would also host Lucas' private art collection, featuring works by Norman Rockwell and N.C. Wyeth, among others.

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Preserving Michelangelo
11:58 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Carrier to Install New HVAC System in the Sistine Chapel

The famous frescoes of the Sistine Chapel
Antoine Taveneaux Wikimedia Commons

Farmington-based Carrier is to install a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system in the Sistine Chapel as part of an effort to preserve the frescoes of Michelangelo.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
6:00 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Filling You In On the World of Taxidermy

A taxidermied squirrel at the Institute Library in New Haven.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Taxidermy stops time. Creatures are born, they live they die, they decay into dust. But taxidermy catches the wolf or the woodpecker in the middle of the cycle and keeps it there. That's why there's something unsettling and a little creepy about taxidermy. Never forget, the most memorable taxidermist in cinema history was Norman Bates.

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Verse and Voice
3:14 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

From the Heart to the Plate

Stephanie Nobert New Britain Industrial Museum

All thanks to Landers, Fray and Clark,
the turn of the century had launched
many irons, coffee percolators, samovars,
Another in that list is their variety of toasters.

The smallest of the house would sit
and watch so the bread won't burn to a crisp.
It was done with the assistance of a lever
if the bread was too hot for them to handle.

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It's A Hard 'G'
11:46 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Hard 'G' Or Soft, The GIF Takes Its Place As A Modern Art Form

Dramatic chipmunk is one of the examples of the The Reaction GIF: Moving Image as Gesture installation at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City.
Courtesy of Museum of the Moving Image

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:26 pm

"!!!!"

That was the body of the note from NPR producer Evie Stone, along with a link to an exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image titled The Reaction GIF: Moving Image as Gesture.

Obviously, Evie and I share a certain sensibility. And just as obviously, I had to go to Astoria, Queens, to check out the exhibit — and report this piece.

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Honoring Veterans
7:01 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Coast Guard Breaks Ground in New London For National Museum

The Coast Guard Barque Eagle docked in New London for the groundbreaking ceremony.
Harriet Jones WNPR

The U.S. Coast Guard broke ground for its new museum in the City of New London. It will be the first museum honoring the Coast Guard in the nation.

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Museums
5:42 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Wadsworth Atheneum Celebrates Spring With Weekend Events

Trish Manfredi of The Country Gardeners of Glastonbury Garden Club created this floral arrangement inspired by Piet Mondrian's "Composition in Blue and White"
The Wadsworth Atheneum

The Wadsworth Atheneum celebrates spring this weekend with the 33rd annual Fine Art and Flowers event, a fundraiser for the Hartford museum. It's a unique concept: over 40 florists and garden clubs have been selected to create a floral arrangement inspired by a masterwork in the Wadsworth's permanent collection.

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New Haven
2:37 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Lecture Gives Voice to Remarkable African American Women From Connecticut

Anna Louise James at the soda fountain where she was pharmacist and owner, Old Saybrook, c. 1909-1911.
Credit Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute / Harvard University

The lives of African American women throughout Connecticut history will be discussed at a lecture titled, "The Struggle for Full Rights as Citizens: The Voice of African Americans at the New Haven Museum," Thursday night at the New Haven Museum.

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Outstanding Institutions
3:58 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Connecticut Museums and Libraries Among National Medal Finalists

The Hartford Public Library sits on Main Street in downtown Hartford
Hartford Public Library

Each year, the federal agency that supports libraries and museums recognizes 30 outstanding institutions for service to the community. This year, four finalists are in Connecticut. 

They include the Otis Library in Norwich, the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, and Mystic Aquarium in Mystic.

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Honoring the Coast Guard
10:06 am
Thu February 20, 2014

New London Signs Agreement for Coast Guard Museum

An artists rendering of the planned museum in downtown New London
Credit National Coast Guard Museum Association

The City of New London's ambition to host the nation's first Coast Guard Museum took a big step forward Wednesday as officials from the city, the State of Connecticut and the Coast Guard signed a memorandum of agreement.

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Celebrating Coasties
2:56 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Fundraising Efforts Pick Up for National Coast Guard Museum

Credit National Coast Guard Museum Association

Like many cities, New London has plans to revitalize its downtown. One project local leaders hope will bring in  tourist dollars is the construction of a National Coast Guard Museum on the city’s waterfront.

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Photography
6:34 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Wadsworth Atheneum Highlights "An Artificial Wilderness"

Edward Burtynsky's "Oxford Tire Pile #1," taken in Westley, Calif. in 1999, is one of the centerpieces of "An Artificial Wilderness," which runs through Feb. 23 at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford.
Edward Burtynsky / Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

It might seem odd for a museum boasting one of the nation's largest collections of the Hudson River School, a 19th-century art movement celebrating the beauty of America's outdoors, to document parking lots and discarded rubber tires. 

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Headed To Space
6:15 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Last-Minute Negotiations Lead to Sale of Bridgeport Statue

The roughly four-ton statue sold for $300,000 to a man in Houston. The money will be used to fund the launch of a nanosatellite aboard a NASA rocket.
Credit Heritage Auctions

Bridgeport's Discovery Museum and Planetarium is set to launch a nanosatellite after selling a massive four-ton bronze statue. A previous sale price of $325,000 failed to attract a buyer, but last-minute negotiations on Friday afternoon changed all that.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:59 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Will the Real Norman Rockwell Please Stand Up?

Norman Rockwell.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Norman Rockwell. It's the day before Thanksgiving. Who else are we gonna talk about? Deborah Solomon (the same one who invented the "Questions for" format in the New York Times magazine) will spend the whole show talking about her new comprehensive biography of Rockwell.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:15 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Museums: The New Entertainment Scene

Credit Jason Persse/flickr creative commons

Looking for weekend entertainment? This time on our Museum Hop series, Faith goes to The Hudson Valley's top museums: Dia:Beacon, showing modern artists from the 1960s to the present, and Olana, the stunning personal home of Hudson Valley School artist Frederick Church.

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Dinosaurs
4:41 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Peabody Museum's Great Hall of Dinosaurs to Undergo $30 Million Facelift

Peabody's Great Hall of Dinosaurs
Amy the Nurse Creative Commons

When the Peabody's Great Hall of Dinosaurs opened in 1931, it was a state of the art exhibit, reflecting years of meticulously mounted fossils, and information for visitors based on the most current research on dinosaurs. Derek Briggs, director of the Peabody Museum, said that in the 80 years since its opening, scientists know a lot more about dinosaurs. "For example," he said, "the giant Saurapod, known as Apatosaurus, is depicted in a very static way [in the exhibit]. The notion at the time was it perhaps couldn't even hold up its weight. We now know this was a very active animal that lived in groups, and could move like a modern elephant."

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:18 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Why Museum Hopping Is the Rage

Virgil Marti, "Cemetry Gates." Photo: Allen Phillips/Wadsworth Atheneum.

Museum attendance is up in Connecticut, New York, and nationwide—what are people experiencing that adds to their lives? What makes something art? If you don't understand it, does that make you feel dumb? AND: A look at the groovy new 1960s hippie show at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:27 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Time Reborn, Revisited, and Reconsidered

Credit Ben Grantham/flickr creative commons

What is time?

This deceptively simple question is the single most important problem facing science as we probe more deeply into the fundamentals of the universe. All of the mysteries physicists and cosmologists face—from the Big Bang to the future of the universe, from the puzzles of quantum physics to the unification of forces and particles—come down to the nature of time. The fact that time is real may seem obvious. You experience it passing every day when you watch clocks tick, bread toast, and children grow. But most physicists, from Newton to Einstein to today’s quantum theorists, have seen things differently. The scientific case for time being an illusion is formidable. That is why the consequences of adopting the view that time is real are revolutionary.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:47 am
Tue July 9, 2013

RJ Julia's Roxanne Coady and the Wadsworth Atheneum's Susan Talbott

Cliff/flickr creative commons

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:47 am
Mon June 24, 2013

RJ Julia's Roxanne Coady and the Wadsworth Atheneum's Susan Talbott

The Colin McEnroe Show
3:22 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

So You Think You Can Fake a Vermeer?

News
11:37 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Ladies of Twain

The Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford was in danger of being shut down back in 2008 after years of bad financial management.  But the struggle to save the 19 room mansion has been one that’s been going on for much longer.

It’s taken years of research, a lot of money and a little bit of luck to restore the house and make it a destination for visitors - who get to experience what it looked like when Mark Twain smoked cigars in his billiard room.

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Where We Live
11:37 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Ladies of Twain

The Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford was in danger of being shut down back in 2008 after years of bad financial management.  But the struggle to save the 19 room mansion has been one that’s been going on for much longer.

It’s taken years of research, a lot of money and a little bit of luck to restore the house and make it a destination for visitors - who get to experience what it looked like when Mark Twain smoked cigars in his billiard room.

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NASA Mission
11:48 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Connecticut Museum's Nanosatellite To Get Launched Into Space

NASA

A Connecticut museum has been selected to contribute to an upcoming NASA mission. 

Bridgeport's The Discovery Museum and Planetarium will join 18 other organizations in the latest round of NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative.

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Creating Revenue
8:49 am
Mon February 11, 2013

New Director for Mark Twain House

Sujata Srinivasan

The Mark Twain House & Museum will soon have a new executive director. WNPR’s Sujata Srinivasan spoke to Cindy Lovell on her plans to preserve Twain’s legacy, increase revenue, and promote tourism.

 

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Art Collection
8:22 am
Tue December 11, 2012

So Much To See, So Little Time!

Diane Orson

Wednesday marks the grand opening of the Yale University Art Gallery, following its 14-year renovation.  

Yale University Art Gallery Director Jock Reynolds is our guide. Time is short and with more than 200,000 objects in the museum’s collection we’re warned that its going to be a whirlwind tour. 

"You see here a great display of things from Mayan and Aztec cultures."

There’s a figure carved from manatee bone, colorful textiles and ceramics from Mexico and Costa Rica. I could spend all afternoon here, but gotta move on.

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Connecticut Museums
10:58 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Expanded Yale Art Gallery To Open This Week

Diane Orson

A newly renovated and expanded Yale University Art Gallery opens this week.  

"Look around you right now and you can see wonderful work by Sol LeWitt, David Smith.."  Yale Art Gallery Director Jock Reynolds stands in the Louis Kahn building on Chapel Street in New Haven.

The 1953 modernist structure has been connected to two adjacent buildings, the Old Yale Gallery and Street Hall.  The 135 million dollar renovation project virtually doubles the size of the museum.

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