history museum – Southeastern Quilt Museum http://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/ Sat, 26 Mar 2022 10:49:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/cropped-icon-32x32.png history museum – Southeastern Quilt Museum http://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/ 32 32 Museum Exhibit Expands Horizons of “Picture Science” | arts and entertainment https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/museum-exhibit-expands-horizons-of-picture-science-arts-and-entertainment/ Fri, 18 Mar 2022 20:13:08 +0000 https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/museum-exhibit-expands-horizons-of-picture-science-arts-and-entertainment/

You are drawn to the brightly colored image on the other side of a room and need to get closer to understand what you are seeing. Just like that, the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature has drawn you into an exhibit that feels more like an art gallery than a science education.

The exhibit, dubbed “Picture Science,” is a collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and it allows visitors to see the many ways the application of light and technology has changed what scientists know of the world.

Visitors will learn about scientific imaging technologies, such as electron microscopes and CT scans, and see how researchers are using these developments to shed light on everything from the chemical makeup of meteorites to the tooth structure of an extinct rodent. since a long time.

Hillary Spencer, CEO of The Bishop, said most of the exhibits were on loan intact from the Natural History Museum, but Bradenton curators used their own artifacts and equipment to add even more weight to the display.

“He’s a really good partner,” says Spencer, who previously worked at the Museum of Natural History. “It’s been really easy to get these resources and get feedback on what we’re doing. We also get great planetarium content from them.

“They really encourage us to expand the story so it fits our audience. We’re encouraged and allowed to add objects, add our own research, add our own collections to the research they do.”

The exhibit, which will run for the rest of the year, is the opening salvo to the Bishop’s ‘Year of Light’, a thematic series of collections designed to celebrate the institution’s 75th anniversary. .

When you enter the room, you are immediately greeted by a number of brightly colored screens. There’s one prominently showing the path of a fish’s circulatory system and another showing magnified images of scorpions. As you walk through the room, you will discover the biofluorescence of corals and the microscopic features of insect anatomy.

“You can walk in and enjoy it for the beautiful images, and you see the merging of science and art,” says curator Tiffany LaBritt. “But if you want to take it to the next level and learn something deeper and understand the science side, you can do that too.”

LaBritt shows off a knife inside a leather sheath that has shrunk over time. The knife cannot be removed, she says, without damaging the scabbard. So what did the scientists do? They took a scanner from it that allowed them to examine it without breaking it, and this technology allowed them to reveal an intricate pattern of Arabic letters on the edge of the blade.

“You are protecting the integrity of the object,” she says. “But you still find out what’s going on and see some of those extra details that might have been lost over time. Otherwise, you might have had to damage the object.”

The same goes for meteorites and fossils. Before advances in technology, you probably wouldn’t be able to analyze the layered chemical composition of a meteorite without slicing it. Now, thanks to the advent of an electron microprobe, scientists can wiggle the atoms on the surface of space rocks and know exactly what they are made of inside.

Now consider the case of the brain of an extinct primate. The exhibit includes an image of a two-inch skull of a primate that existed around 20 million years ago, and to this day is the only one of its kind ever discovered. And because the researchers didn’t want to damage the object, they used a CT scanner to look inside and learn about the anatomy of a long-extinct animal.

“You can kind of judge from the outside of a skull — especially a primate — the size of its brain,” says LaBritt. “But to really understand the size of this one, in the past you had to use destructive methods to open the skull.

“With something rare like this extinct animal, you don’t want to have to. So they were able to scan it, which allowed them to see the size of the puzzle and figure out how well they were able to walk. biped.”

Think about it a bit. Let marinate. Just by taking a scan of a 2-inch skull, scientists were able to determine how well a tiny monkey that hadn’t been around for 20 million years was able to walk on two legs.

The exhibits also show the internal skeleton of an armadillo lizard, which is known to roll into a ball as a method of protection against predators. And there’s another screen that shows the minute differences in anatomy between yellowjackets, hornets, and wasps. On yet another wall is a stark and striking image of an extinct rodent’s teeth produced by scanning electron microscopy.

You look into the mouth of a mouse that’s been gone 16 million years, but it looks more like a rocky outcrop.

“Once you get to that level of detail, you’re like ‘whoa,'” LaBritt says of the mesmerizing black-and-white images. “It’s one of those images where if you didn’t know what you were looking at, you might think it was an alien landscape.”

The exhibition continues, alternating anatomy studies and spatial discoveries.

Spencer says The Bishop is working towards a pair of complementary goals; the museum wants to be a thought leader in science research and education, but it also wants to be a fun place where people can spend a great day out with their families.

The Year of Light will continue in April with a photography exhibition by local photographer Scott Odell titled “Illumination: Seeing Beyond the Shell,” and the planetarium plans to host infrared images from the James Webb Space Telescope this fall recently. launched by NASA. And thanks to the partnership with the Natural History Museum, “Picturer la science” kicks off.

“I think we all agreed that was a good starting point, and we could use the stories told in this gallery to help inform the stories we tell on our tours and field trips,” says spencer. “We will have eight different installations throughout the year using light in one way or another for joy, discovery and wonder, but also simply to get people to look at our collections in a new way.”


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The Natural History Museum celebrates Mars Day 2022 https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/the-natural-history-museum-celebrates-mars-day-2022/ Mon, 14 Mar 2022 13:21:17 +0000 https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/the-natural-history-museum-celebrates-mars-day-2022/

Museum scientists regularly work in space exploration and Mars research with NASA and colleagues from the European Space Agency. Ongoing projects including collaboration with NASA on the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover and ESA’s ExoMars mission using our world renowned meteorite collection.

Professor Caroline Smith, Head of Earth Science Collections and Senior Curator of Meteorites at the Natural History Museum, says: “The Museum is an innovative global science leader and as such we are delighted to be part of Mars Day 2022.

“The Red Planet has the ability to inspire and engage people with space, so having Luke Jerram’s incredible art scene in our very own Hintze Hall is a wonderful opportunity for us.”

I hope people enjoy the opportunity to get a close-up view of the Martian surface and encourage them to attend Museum and Mars Day events to learn more about our red neighbor.

This year, Mars Day falls on March 14 with Mars Time at 11:00 a.m. on that day, both being part of the Greater March Week. March 14and and 15and Museum visitors will be greeted by Luke Jerram’s seven-meter-wide Mars art installation, created using NASA photographs of the Red Planet’s surface.

Artist Luke Jerram said: “The artwork allows us to see Mars from the air. Every valley, crater, volcano and mountain is laid bare for us to inspect. The work transports us to this desert wasteland, to imagine what it is like to set foot on this incredible planet.

Comprised of a series of largely online events, the hope is that Mars Day will be a chance for people to learn more about the Red Planet. To accompany the festivities, the Museum will host a series of virtual and in-person events for schools and other audiences:

  • School Event: Mission to Mars: LEGO® Explorers Workshop: Weekdays, 10:30am, 12:30pm GMT Design, build and code a Mars rover using LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 robot sets in this hands-on workshop.
  • School Event: Virtual Meet the Scientist: March 15, 2022, 11:15-12:00 and 13:45-14:30 GMT Participate in an online lecture hosted by a science communicator who will interview one of the scientists studying March at the Museum.
  • Public Event: Chat Online: NASA’s Mars 2020 Mission: March 14, 2022, 5:45 p.m. – 6:25 p.m. GMT

Luke Jerram’s Mars will be exhibited at Hintze Hall on the 14thand and 15and of March and will be free to see. We recommend that you book free tickets to visit the Museum before coming here. To learn more about other events taking place at the Museum and online, click here.

Notes to Editors

Contact for natural history media: Tel. : +44 (0)20 7942 5654 / 07799690151 Email: press@nhm.ac.uk

Images available for download here.

Mars by Luke Jerram is co-commissioned by Kunsthal KAdE, the Netherlands; British Space Agency; Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK and UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres, with supporting partner University of Bristol.

The illustration is made using data from the NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

The Natural History Museum is both a world-renowned scientific research center and the most visited natural history museum in Europe. 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 most important scientific collections in the world comprising more than 80 million specimens. The breadth of this collection allows researchers around the world to document how species have responded and continue to respond to environmental change – which is essential to help predict what might happen in the future and inform policy and future plans to help the planet.

The Museum’s 300 scientists continue to represent one of the largest groups in the world studying and enabling research on all aspects of the natural world. Their science provides essential data to help the global fight to save the future of the planet from the main threats of climate change and biodiversity loss to the search for solutions such as the sustainable extraction of natural resources.

The Museum uses its enormous 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 more than five million visitors each year; our digital production reaches hundreds of thousands of people in more than 200 countries every month and our traveling exhibitions have been seen by approximately 30 million people over the past 10 years.

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Met Museum appoints Mexico City architect to lead major new project https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/met-museum-appoints-mexico-city-architect-to-lead-major-new-project/ Sun, 13 Mar 2022 20:22:10 +0000 https://southeasternquiltmuseum.com/met-museum-appoints-mexico-city-architect-to-lead-major-new-project/

Mexican architect Frida Escobedo, who at 38 was the youngest architect to design the Serpentine Pavilion in 2018, has been selected to design the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new $500 million modern and contemporary art wing. the museum announced on Sunday.

“This is a very large order,” museum director Max Hollein said in a phone interview. “This collection will continue to grow more significantly than any other area.”

“She is a strong voice in architectural discourse,” he added of Escobedo. “She produces very contemporary buildings that are rooted in a modern canon.”

Escobedo, 42, is a surprising choice for such an important assignment, given that she is relatively young, has mainly designed temporary structures and is not a household name. But she said she felt fearless and excited about the task.