Science museum – Southeastern Quilt Museum http://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 23:18:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/cropped-icon-32x32.png Science museum – Southeastern Quilt Museum http://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/ 32 32 Arizona Museum exhibit marks end of De Kooning’s painting saga https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/arizona-museum-exhibit-marks-end-of-de-koonings-painting-saga/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 23:18:00 +0000 https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/arizona-museum-exhibit-marks-end-of-de-koonings-painting-saga/

PHOENIX (AP) — After a Willem de Kooning painting worth millions was brazenly stolen in 1985 from an Arizona museum, staff clung to hope that it would one day return. But no one could have predicted that “Woman-Ocher” would find her way home thanks to the kindness of strangers in a neighboring state.

“I would kind of imagine what it would be like,” said Olivia Miller, acting director and curator of exhibits at the University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tucson. “Would it just show up as a mystery package in the mail or something? … I certainly never thought I would make friends with them.

The Dutch-American Abstract Expressionist’s 1955 oil painting is finally home and ready for display. It will be the centerpiece of an entire exhibit that will open October 8 through May at the University of Arizona Museum of Art. The entire ordeal of the flight and its 2017 return via New Mexico will be chronicled on the show. He has spent the last two years at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles for restoration and exhibition work. The painting will be in the same place it was stolen – but in a slipcase.

“It’s one of the many layers of security he’ll have,” Miller said.

Signature of Willem de Kooning on “Woman-Ocher”.(Chris Richards, University of Arizona)

Almost like a heist movie, the robbery took place the day after Thanksgiving. A man and a woman showed up at the museum where only a security guard and students working at reception were present, according to the curator at the time.

The woman distracted the guard with small talk as the man walked to an upstairs gallery. He cut the painting directly out of the frame, police said. The edges of the canvas were still attached. The whole robbery lasted 15 minutes. He left with the painting rolled up.

There was no security camera system and no leads.

On the flight’s 30th anniversary in 2015, the museum displayed the empty frame at a press conference in hopes of generating clues.

A break in the deal came in August 2017 when David Van Auker, his partner Buck Burns and their friend, Rick Johnson, purchased the painting along with other items at an estate sale in Cliff, New Mexico. The trio own Manzanita Ridge, a furniture and antique store located 40 miles away in Silver City. When they brought it back to the store, three different customers noticed how much it looked like a real de Kooning.

Interest piqued, Van Auker did a Google search. This led him to a 2015 article on theft. They immediately tried to contact Miller, the University of Arizona and even the FBI, he said. But no one answered them right away.

Van Auker became terrified of saving what might be the actual painting said to be worth $100 million.

Tom Lerner, head of science at the Getty Conservation Institute, explains how...
Tom Lerner, head of the science department at the Getty Conservation Institute, explains how the painting was torn from its original support, which was part of the exhibit at the Getty Museum.(Chris Richards, University of Arizona)

“I sat all night with three guns and paint behind a couch,” he recalls. “I thought someone would end up coming and killing us for this painting.”

He even left a voicemail for Miller making it clear that he wasn’t interested in any rewards or taking advantage of the situation. Miller found the voicemail endearing and wants to include it in the exhibit.

“My favorite part was him saying something like, ‘Put that on the record. I want you to get the painting back. If it’s yours, the one from the university, come get the painting,” she said with a laugh.

Miller and a college curator made the three-hour drive from Tucson to Silver City the next day. They found that there were enough clues to take the painting back for further verification. A restorer considered it a true de Kooning.

His return sparked an FBI investigation. But the case is now considered closed “following a thorough investigation,” said Brooke Brennan, spokeswoman for the FBI office in Phoenix.

The estate the painting came from belonged to Jerry and Rita Alter. The artwork hung behind a bedroom door. Relatives also discovered a photo showing the couple were in Tucson on Thanksgiving Day in 1985. Jerry Alter died in 2012 and his wife in 2017. Authorities have never publicly called them suspects.

Members of the media gathered for a press preview at the exhibition of
Members of the media gathered for a press preview when “Woman-Ocher” went on display at the Getty Museum on June 7, 2022.(Chris Richards, University of Arizona)

Miller earlier this year met the couple’s nephew. When the story first came out, he didn’t believe they could have committed such a crime.

“Now that the shock has worn off for him, he can now see that they could have been the ones who stole the painting,” Miller said.

Van Auker sometimes imagines if the painting had fallen into different hands in New Mexico. The thrill of playing a part in his return never fades.

He certainly wouldn’t trade the experiences of the past five years for money. His store’s business sometimes doubled or tripled because people were touched by their actions. He, Burns and Johnson were hailed as heroes at events in Tucson and at the Getty Museum. They remained friends with Miller and the rest of the museum staff, even hosting them at their guest house in Silver City.

That’s no surprise considering what Van Auker told Miller when she left with the painting in 2017.

“I said to Olivia ‘we’re bonded for life now.’ She turned to me and said, “Yeah, I know that.”

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A collaboration between the Natural History Museum and Ukrainian research, carried out throughout the Russian invasion, helps save the country’s historic works of art https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/a-collaboration-between-the-natural-history-museum-and-ukrainian-research-carried-out-throughout-the-russian-invasion-helps-save-the-countrys-historic-works-of-art/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 23:15:17 +0000 https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/a-collaboration-between-the-natural-history-museum-and-ukrainian-research-carried-out-throughout-the-russian-invasion-helps-save-the-countrys-historic-works-of-art/

· DNA and microscopic studies of the deteriorated areas have allowed the researchers to conclude that fungi are responsible for the damage – this diagnosis should allow the preservation of these – and other historical works of art in the future.

· Researchers at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine found comfort in being able to carry out this research, despite the ongoing occupation and immense human tragedy unfolding in Ukraine.

· Researchers from the Natural History Museum carried out the final work on the paper as their Ukrainian colleagues were forced to put their lives on hold. It was dedicated to the “brave Ukrainian people”

Natural history researchers in London have collaborated with researchers from Ukraine’s National Academy of Sciences to establish the cause of the damage to the famous medieval wall paintings at Saint Sophia’s Cathedral in kyiv, one of the sites most important cultural sites in Ukraine.

These murals, which were painted on the walls of Saint Sophia Cathedral around the year 1000, are among the most important works of art in Ukraine. It had become apparent that they were under threat when they began to develop dark spots and flake off. In an effort to protect and restore the art, research was conducted to establish the type of microscopic organisms that lived on the walls and caused this damage.

The research began long before the Russian invasion of Ukraine and was interrupted by the attacks on the country, which also included attacks on the country’s unique cultural treasures.

Initial investigations in Kyiv involved the Ukrainian team taking DNA samples from the walls of degraded areas of the cathedral and then comparing them to samples from areas free of damage. From this, they could see that while the levels of bacteria in the two areas were similar, the damaged parts of the church had much higher levels of fungal DNA.

The Ukrainian researchers discovered cracks and voids in the fabric of the walls and unusual large crystals that were totally different from the general fabric of the plaster. A chemical evaluation concluded that it was an organic substance secreted by fungi.

Research, using microscopic techniques at the Natural History Museum in London, established that the crystals were calcium malate, a by-product of malic acid secreted by fungi to feed on inorganic nutrients in plaster. The fungi dissolved the plaster and produced crystals that tore the plaster fabric.

The crystals form from the reaction between the malic acid and the calcium in the plaster. Malate is a very common substance, produced in the cells of all living organisms, but very rarely excreted. It has only been reported in wall paintings twice before, in the monastery of Pedralbes in Barcelona and in the tomb of Tutankhamun.

The abundant presence of calcium malate in the damaged areas raises an important question probably related to fungal adaptation. For some unknown reason, researchers believe that the environmental conditions of the cathedral cause the fungi to release it, rather than other much more common substances. Crystals deposited inside and behind the plaster work break it up and degrade it.

Now that Kyiv researchers know exactly what is happening within the cathedral walls, they hope to be able to prevent it and preserve the murals for years to come.

Ukrainian researcher Marina Fomina, lead author of the paper, says:Russia’s attempts to violently destroy and assimilate much of our cultural identity meant that work to preserve Hagia Sophia and this precious work of art was even more urgent. It is a huge relief to understand the cause of this damage and allow it to be preserved for our national and global cultural heritage..”

Dr. Javier Cuadros, senior researcher at the Natural History Museum and co-author of the paper, played a crucial role in getting the paper across the finish line.

“We have collaborated with them throughout this devastating period. However, when Kyiv was attacked, it was impossible for our colleagues to continue working as they had to suspend their daily lives and flee their homes.

“I am very happy to have been able to play a role in this research. This discovery means a lot to our Ukrainian colleagues and will help preserve their legacy and other historic works of art for future generations..

Hearing about the support they gave each other in their communities was a lesson in human solidarity and holding together in the most difficult times. We dedicated the document to the courageous Ukrainian whose resilience is so admirable.’

The article is published in the November 2022 edition of International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation.

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About the Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is both a world-renowned scientific research center and the most visited indoor attraction in the UK last year. With a vision of a future in which people and the planet thrive, he is uniquely positioned to be a powerful champion for balancing the needs of humanity with those of the natural world.

It is the custodian of one of the world’s largest scientific collections comprising over 80 million specimens accessed by researchers around the world both in person and through over 30 billion digital data downloads to date. The Museum’s 350 scientists are finding solutions to the planetary emergency, from the loss of biodiversity to the sustainable extraction of natural resources.

The Museum uses its global reach and influence to fulfill its mission to create Earth Defenders – to inform, inspire and empower everyone to make a difference for nature. We welcome millions of visitors through our doors each year, our website received 17 million visits last year and our traveling exhibitions have been viewed by approximately 20 million people over the past 10 years.

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The Egyptian Museum in Tahrir will open for free on September 27 https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/the-egyptian-museum-in-tahrir-will-open-for-free-on-september-27/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 09:36:00 +0000 https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/the-egyptian-museum-in-tahrir-will-open-for-free-on-september-27/

FILE – Egyptian Museum of Tahrir

CAIRO – September 25, 2022: The Egyptian Museum in Tahrir will open for free to the public on September 27, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the decipherment of the Rosetta Stone and the emergence of Egyptology. All Egyptians, Arabs, nationals of African countries and foreign residents will be welcome.

The famous Rosetta Stone consists of a slab of black granite inscribed with three ancient texts, two ancient Egyptian texts and one Greek.

This formula ultimately helped researchers decipher ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, the meaning of which had eluded historians for centuries. But why did the ancient scribes include three different types of writing or text on this iconic stone in the first place?

The reason for the existence of three texts stems from the legacy of one of Alexander the Great’s generals, as the Greek text on the stone is related to the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt founded by Ptolemy I Soter. Soter was a Greek-speaking Macedonian general from the family of Alexander.

Alexander conquered Egypt in 332 BC. BC and Ptolemy I Soter took control of the country 9 years later after the death of Alexander, while Cleopatra, who died in 30 BC. was the last active female ruler of the Ptolemaic dynasty.

The Rosetta Stone was revealed by the French expedition in 1799 during the construction of a fort in the city of Rosetta. The stone was not complete. It was a broken part of a larger slab, but although it was missing much of the hieroglyphics from the long-lost upper part, the stone bears the same messages engraved in ancient Greek writing; Egyptian hieroglyphs and the Egyptian demotic script, which was a connecting script used by the ancient Egyptians between the 7th century BC and the 5th century AD, according to Britannica.

“The Demotic Egyptian script was the contemporary language used in everyday speech as well as in administrative documents,” Foy Scalf, head of research archives and research associate at the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, told AFP. LiveScience.

On the other hand, the “hieroglyphic grammar mimics the Middle Egyptian language”, which is the stage of the Egyptian language associated with the Middle Kingdom period in Egypt. It stretched from around 2044 BC until 1650 BC.

In the Ptolemaic era, Middle Egyptian was often used for very formal inscriptions, as Egyptian scribes considered it a classic version of their language whose tradition gave authority to the text.

Ancient Greek became widely used in ancient Egypt among the literate class during the Ptolemaic dynasty. Modern scholars were still trying to understand it at the time of the discovery of the Rosetta Stone. As such, the stone has helped researchers decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics and Demotic script, two different scripts of the same language.

The use of hieroglyphics began to die out after the Romans took control of Egypt in 30 BC with the appearance of the last known Egyptian hieroglyphic script in the fourth century AD, as Britannica indicates.

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Uncorked: Tampa Wine Fest heads to the Museum of Science and Industry next week | Catering Events | Tampa https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/uncorked-tampa-wine-fest-heads-to-the-museum-of-science-and-industry-next-week-catering-events-tampa/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 18:45:00 +0000 https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/uncorked-tampa-wine-fest-heads-to-the-museum-of-science-and-industry-next-week-catering-events-tampa/
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Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry (aka MOSI) gets an adult makeover in just one night when Uncorked: Tampa Wine Fest is happening this weekend.

From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. next Saturday, October 1, the popular museum at 4801 E Fowler Ave. will turn into a destination for Tampa Bay wine lovers.

Guests can sample over 100 wines and champagnes at the upcoming Uncorked: Wine Festival, plus access to all MOSIs interactive exhibits and planetarium shows, including its new “Dinosaurs Around the World” exhibit. Food trucks will provide meals (although the cost of food is not included in the ticket price), while local DJs will set the mood.

And if hard liquor isn’t your thing, this wine festival will also have tequila sodas, canned sangria, hard seltzers and sodas, mimosas and bellinis.

Sea Dog Cantina’s food truck will be selling its popular Mexican fare, AmazingGrazing will be providing deli spreads, Slider Guys will be offering burgers, and Charm City Eats’ seafood menu will be sure to pair with the event’s various wines.

Tickets cost between $65 and $80 and can be purchased through eventbrite.com. Early admission costs more, but it means a whole other hour of exclusive payouts from select wineries. Some of the popular wineries, breweries and distilleries that will be featured at next week’s festival include Napa Valley’s Sscattered peaks, Rosé summer water and Roth Estate Winery—in addition to the businesses of Pinellas 3 Daughters Brewing and Domain of Aspirations.

For more information, head to uncorkedwinefestivals.com, where you’ll also find a full list of participating wineries.

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Lucas Museum of Narrative Art opening pushed back to 2025 https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/lucas-museum-of-narrative-art-opening-pushed-back-to-2025/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 19:49:24 +0000 https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/lucas-museum-of-narrative-art-opening-pushed-back-to-2025/

Although it has already technically landed in the Los Angeles Fairgrounds, visitors will now have to wait a little longer for the alien spaceship Lucas Museum of Narrative Art to open its doors.

As first reported by the Los Angeles Timesthe ongoing saga of the George Lucas-backed institution continues with news that it will now open in 2025. was originally supposed open this year. In April 2021, however, museum officials announced that an opening would take place a year later, in 2023, due to pandemic-related slowdowns. A start in 2023 was apparently right too early Like now, the curvilinear 300,000-square-foot museum complex, designed by MAD Architects with Stantec serving as executive architect and Studio-MLA leading campus landscaping, has been pushed back two years.

The billion-dollar project began in March 2018.

Museum officials announced the new delay in a September 20 press release while revealing the construction milestones that have been achieved so far and detailing the future museum’s extensive art collection, which will include works that will span “from ancient Roman mosaics to Renaissance painting to contemporary photography,” the museum explained. narrative art can engage dynamic and diverse audiences.” Artists represented in the collection include Lucas Cranach the Elder, Kerry James Marshall and John Singer Sargent alongside contemporary works by Weshoyot Alvitre, Ernie Barnes, Jaime Hernandez and Cara Romero.The collection will eventually be displayed in the 100,000 square foot of gallery space in the new museum comes from the personal collection of 100,000+ objects of paintings, photographs, murals, sculptures, multimedia works, and more of Star Wars director and entrepreneur George Lucas.

Aerial view of a section of the construction of the Lucas Museum Park and Gardens, June 28, 2022. (© 2022 Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Photo: Hunter Kerhart)

Sandra Jackson-Dumont, director and CEO of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, said in a statement:

“It is a lesson in humility and energy to see how all aspects of this new public resource are taking shape. We believe storytelling can connect us and help shape a more just society. Accordingly, every element of this institution contributes to this idea – the site is a physical manifestation of it. The campus with its iconic building and arched underbelly that creates a canopy, coupled with the over 200 trees that take root in the park, together create another community gathering place with much-needed shade for our neighbors and others who will be using the site. Another manifestation of this idea is the museum’s wonderfully evolving collection of storytelling art that showcases multi-faceted perspectives through the stories humans have told throughout history. Through these works, we hope to spark a complex and nuanced conversation that can impact how people understand the world, but perhaps even what they decide to do in the world. We are thrilled to share this significant progress, and I look forward to keeping the public informed as we move forward.

Regarding construction milestones, museum officials said installation of more than 1,500 curved fiberglass-reinforced polymer panels of the five-story structure has now begun on the south facade of the building. Meanwhile, tree-planting efforts have begun on the museum’s park-like grounds, which will also include an amphitheater, hanging garden and pedestrian bridge.

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Construction of the facade of the Lucas Museum, August 3, 2022, (© 2022 JAKS Productions. Photo courtesy of USC School of Cinematic Arts/ Roberto Gomez)

In addition to the Lucas Museum, another major project underway at Exposition Park, a state-owned complex that once housed agricultural fairgrounds, is a space shuttle enabling the 200,000-square-foot expansion of the California Science Center headed by ZGF Architects. Also located within the 160-acre Exposition Park are the National History Museum of Los Angeles County (also being expanded), the African American Museum of California, the Gensler-designed Banc of California Stadium and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. These final two park anchors will serve as major venues during the 2028 Summer Olympics, with the historic LA Coliseum slated to host both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Although a little closer than expected, the Lucas Museum will make its debut well before the start of the 2028 Summer Games.

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Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum Announces Rebranding and Changes Name to Mid-Hudson Discovery Museum https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/mid-hudson-childrens-museum-announces-rebranding-and-changes-name-to-mid-hudson-discovery-museum/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 12:55:30 +0000 https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/mid-hudson-childrens-museum-announces-rebranding-and-changes-name-to-mid-hudson-discovery-museum/

Mid Hudson Discovery Museum

“This new brand and its evolving positioning perfectly illustrates our growing ambition to serve children and their parents with the best possible experience and education” – Jeffrey Sasson, Executive Director, Mid-Hudson Discovery Museum

The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum (MHCM), the perfect destination for children and families with exhibits focused on early literacy, art, early STEM, health and local community, today unveiled a extensive rebranding effort.

At the heart of this rebranding is the organization’s renaming to Mid-Hudson Discovery Museum (MHDM), which reflects an expanded effort to serve children in their early stages of development and learning.

A Hudson Valley anchor for 33 years, the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, in the wake of COVID, is ushering in a new era, under new leadership, expanding its audience and programming while repositioning itself as an essential link between formal and informal education, with a focus on STEM.

The Museum’s bold vision for the future includes an aggressive strategy implemented by a new CEO, Jeffrey Sasson. This strategy centers on a revamped and expanded relationship with regional school districts that revolves around the Museum as a catalyst to strengthen the connection between its informal educational environment and the more formal learning that takes place daily in schools across the region.

“This is an important step for the Museum to become synonymous with educating our youth in the Hudson Valley and empowering them to become the best versions of themselves,” Sasson said. “This new brand and evolving positioning perfectly illustrates our growing ambition to serve children and their parents with the best possible experience and education.

Now, following a strategic assessment and visioning process, MHDM has expanded the age range of children it serves. With the addition of its new science exhibit, Science Revealed!, combined with richer and more relevant STEM programming, MHDM aims to elevate a child’s capacity and appreciation for learning through the age of 12 years.

At a private event at the Museum on Thursday, September 22, Executive Director Jeffrey Sasson, Board Members, Poughkeepsie School District Superintendent Dr. Eric Rosser, and Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison will discuss the impact of the changes shaping the MHDM. coming. They will be joined by school superintendents and principals from across the region, as well as community leaders from business, tourism and philanthropy.

The second floor of the Museum has been transformed into a dynamic and fully interactive exhibit gallery called Science Revealed! – a dynamic science gallery that creates meaningful and memorable engagement for families with children up to 12 years old. The exhibit consists of 17 hands-on, personalized science exhibits that invite visitors to a comprehensive physical exploration of motion, air, forces, fluids, and magnetism.

A major grant was awarded for the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market, making it a key growth initiative for the Museum. Future plans call for the pavilion to be a closed, year-round facility that will also house a commercial kitchen for cooking demonstrations and lessons in how to prepare healthy, creative, nutritious dishes, as well as workshops on experimenting with cooking. foods for children, families and adults. . Plans also call for the market to operate on several days of the week with around twenty vendors.

About the Mid-Hudson Discovery Museum:

The Mid-Hudson Discovery Museum is the perfect destination for families with children ages 0-12. With exhibits focusing on early literacy, art, STEM and local community, the museum provides an educational rich environment through which children have the opportunity to develop life skills, engage in meaningful play and develop interpersonal relationships. The museum is located in the heart of the historic Hudson River waterfront in Poughkeepsie, near Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park and Waryas Park, just steps from the Poughkeepsie Metro-North and Amtrak stations. Visit mhcm.org or call (845) 471-0589 for hours, admission, membership and more information.

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Hands-On Museum’s outgoing CEO leaves a legacy of art and creativity https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/hands-on-museums-outgoing-ceo-leaves-a-legacy-of-art-and-creativity/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/hands-on-museums-outgoing-ceo-leaves-a-legacy-of-art-and-creativity/

ANN ARBOR, MI — Mel Drumm turned down when he was first offered a position at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

He feared that the museum world generally paid very well.

“I wanted to get into the corporate world where you could make a living and have a family — all the things that would attract someone,” Drumm said. “And I always regretted it.”

When he received a second offer years later, Drumm jumped at the chance. It was 18 years ago.

“You’re in this kind of work because you enjoy it, you want to make a difference,” Drumm said. “To have the opportunity to come back here many years later was – oh my God – that’s something I didn’t expect.”

Drumm, who has served as CEO of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum since 2004, announced earlier this month that he was stepping down at the end of the year. The decision was influenced by ongoing health issues, including a recent cancer scare, Drumm said, adding that even without health issues he would have planned to leave in the next few years, especially given a strategic plan which will soon be updated.

“I don’t want anyone halfway through a strategic plan. You have all of these things going on,” Drumm said. “It’s better to have the goodwill of the organization in mind and say let me retire with everything hopefully in the best possible shape so someone can pick up and carry on.”

For the past 18 years, Drumm has accompanied the museum, a children’s tactile museum dedicated to science education, through $4 million in renovations, two administrative partnerships and a COVID-19 pandemic.

Two things have guided Drumm throughout his career: educating people about science and creating an immersive, theatrical experience. He previously worked with theater producing laser shows, a skill set he brought to his museum work.

“I would see people sitting in all the seats and then all of a sudden the lights would go out and the stage would light up,” Drumm said. “You just heard the collective ‘ah’ and I knew they got away.”

Provided the escape is key to the museum’s success, he said.

“We need to have something more like an artistic aesthetic,” Drumm said. “People respond to things that are beautiful, interesting and artistic.”

But creating that chance to escape hasn’t always been easy. Like other nonprofit organizations, funding is one of the biggest hurdles for the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

“The philanthropic community has been incredibly generous to us; visitors have been generous with us, but there are so many things we want to do,” Drumm said. “There were days when I thought I might as well be in Iowa because it was so hard to get funding.”

Although the museum has had to turn schools and programs away in the past because it couldn’t staff them, it recently doubled its revenue and now has an endowment of $2 million.

One thing that added to the success of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and became Drumm’s crowning achievement, he said, was a merger with two neighboring educational organizations.

The museum merged with the Leslie Science and Nature Center in 2016, followed by a marketing agreement with the Yankee Air Museum in 2017. Joining the organizations allowed them to share administrative costs, such as directors of education and marketing teams, and working together in every organization. out of season.

The benefits of the merger were particularly highlighted after a contamination problem at the science center closed it days before his summer camp.

“It was the moment that really brought our teams together because they were in crisis and they needed us,” Drumm said. “And then a year later, the pandemic hit. Well, ‘hands on’, overnight, became the most toxic set of words you could find.”

Although the museum lost 60% of its staff during the pandemic, there was one silver lining: being able to install $2.5 million in new exhibits. A new gallery includes STEAM PARK, a partnership with Toyota that lets visitors see engineering through the “perspective of a 5-year-old,” Drumm said.

“It’s really about looking at the engineering world from the inside out and looking in a very artistic way,” Drumm said.

The centerpiece of the gallery is the ‘time switch’, a locally created artistic representation of a 13th century clock. The gallery, along with a $350,000 water exploration feature, are two of Drumm’s favorite exhibits.

The museum will launch a search for Drumm’s successor this fall.

“I never thought I would have a chance to come back, and then be here for the last 18 years – it hasn’t been a job,” Drumm said. “It was a gift.”

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Berlin’s New Museum Displays Looted Colonial Artifacts in a ‘Modern’ Way https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/berlins-new-museum-displays-looted-colonial-artifacts-in-a-modern-way/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 17:20:15 +0000 https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/berlins-new-museum-displays-looted-colonial-artifacts-in-a-modern-way/

A Berlin museum opens fully to the public this week with a very modern vision of the exhibition of cultural objects from all over the world and the debate on the requests for the return of some of them to their country of origin.

The east wing of the Humboldt Forum contains objects from the city’s Ethnological Museum and the Museum of Asian Art. It will feature some 20,000 objects, including dozens of bronzes from Benin that were stolen from Africa during colonial times – as well as an exhibition telling visitors how most of them are about to return to Nigeria .

The east wing opened Thursday with a preview for journalists and will be open to the public from Saturday. The museum’s west wing – located in the heart of the German capital, next to the neoclassical Museum Island complex – opened in 2021. It also contains items from both collections.