Museums etc.

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If you’re in Boston this weekend, you should visit the Boston Public Library’s Civil War exhibits. While several exhibits will be open only during weekday business hours, the Torn in Two: The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War exhibit is fantastic. There’s also a really good exhibit of Homer Winslow Civil War era prints, largely…

Recently, I claimned nothing in movement conservatism makes sense except in the light of creationism. One example is Paul Krugman’s recent observation: It’s kind of shocking if you think about it. Here we have a huge, hard-won intellectual achievement [the recognition that depressions are caused by inadequate demand], one that accounts very well for the…

Museums and Microbial Curation: About Time!

By way of Jonathan Eisen, we discover that museums are starting to hire microbiology curators. I’m very excited about this, probably more excited than Eisen (and he’s a pretty excitable guy). In part, I’ve always loved museums and have thought that building microbiological collections for museums would be a neat thing to do. But there…

Last night, I went to the spanking brand new Art of the Americas Wing at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. I can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s a beautiful space. If you’re a regular denizen of the MFA, you’ve probably seen some of the pieces on temporary exhibit, but it’s great to see them enter…

Two Exhibits Worth Seeing

One is in Boston, the other in D.C. In Boston, the Boston Public Library has an amazing collection of travel posters from the 1920s to the 1950s. Here’s one: If you can’t visit it, there’s an online gallery. In D.C., the Smithsonian Natural History Museum has an exhibit about how the Natural History Museum has…

The Smithsonian recently revamped its exhibit on human evolution, and the brand new Hall of Human Origins is definitely worth seeing. Unlike exhibits from the Small era, there is no equivocation here: humans evolved over millions of years from primates. Period. There’s no ambiguity, no attempt to please theopolitical conservatives. It’s also very aesthetically pleasing–the…

There’s an ongoing exhibit of photographer Jules Aarons’ work at the Boston Public Library, “Man in the Street: Boston Photographs by Jules Aarons” that is worth seeing. From the BPL blurb: In 1997, the Boston Public Library began collecting the work of Boston photographer Jules Aarons (1921-2008),and the library now holds the largest public collection…

If You’re at the Smithsonian…

…make sure you check out the Darwin exhibit and the ant exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History. The Darwin exhibit (TEH DARWINISMZ!!) has a really good introduction to natural selection that’s readily accessible for non-biologists–I hope school trips take advantage of this exhibit and visit it (TEH EVOLUTIONISMZ!!). The ant exhibit has some…

Lions, Tigers, and…Tax Cut Snark? Oh My.

Economist Brad DeLong criticizes an economics reporter from ProPublica who claims “his job is looking for ‘gotcha’ stories about stimulus money going for ‘lion cages at the National Zoo.’” In DeLong’s comments, I asked:

Two Great Boston Public Library Exhibits

(from here) The HonorĂ© Daumier exhibit is at the Central Library and is phenomenal. The BPL also has a great online exhibit of old travel posters (the amount of stuff the BPL has is incredible–if only there were more funding to exhibit it all…). Check them both out.