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Art and life


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Thoughts and meditations

I recently attended a lecture at MIT. This is usually not a compelling way to start a blog post, except that in this case the lecture was given by this …


Women and technology

For museum professionals, Museums and the Web – an annual conference focusing on (you guessed it) the intersection between museums, audiences and technology – is an exciting opportunity to learn …

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Art and life

I remember the exact time and place when Northwest Coast art and life came together for me – when I first truly understood just how integrated the two are for …

surfboard crop

In the flow

Ever since it arrived on the scene as part of the California Design  exhibition, I have been thinking about that happy-yellow beautifully streamlined surfboard on display in all of its …

Gallery interpreter Sarah Bossert puts food out for the finches in an overturned cymbal. Photo by Kathy Tarantola/PEM.

Bird keepers

With three pet parrots in the family, Sarah Bossert feels quite comfortable around birds. She’s also a professional photographer who uses her feathered friends in studio work, so she understands …


Seeking Avanti

I first spoke with Richard Vaux about nine months ago. In preparation for PEM’s presentation of the Los Angeles Museum of Art‘s California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way,  …

Slow art day

Seeing slowly

PEM is hosting Slow Art Day for the 5th consecutive year.  The theme for the 2014 event is “Worthy Vessels.” Worthy Vessels came about from my interest in exploring how …

Photo by Martine martine_malengret-bardosh

Do we docent?

If you’ve been to PEM, you’ve probably encountered one of our nearly 100 volunteer docents. Maybe you took the Two Merchants Tour to visit Yin Yu Tang and the Gardner-Pingree …


All in the family

I grew up loving museums and my dad is a museum curator, so it wasn’t a stretch for me to jump from working in theatre to the museum industry when …