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A bridge to somewhere

My heart thumps with anxious excitement as the professor comes to the microphone to call out the names.  Will anyone hear him over the din of voices — the laughing …

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Thinking outside the box

Every time I spot the Bookmobile traveling the streets of Beverly, I feel grateful that it’s the city I call home. It’s something that speaks to the priorities of a …

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Dissecting our mood

To find out more about the Mood-o-Meter, an interactive in our Turner exhibition, I probed the minds of some of those behind it: Jim Olson and Caroline Herr from Integrated …

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Cloud gazing

Imagine taking your first airplane flight on your own at the age of two- and-a-half as you head to reunite with your parents overseas.  Imagine further having to land offshore …

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View from the kid’s table

Dozens sat in an auditorium, while one detailed the history of Alexander Calder from her elevated podium. Though she lectured in much the same way as any art history professor …

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Carl Apfel turns 100

On August 4th New York City raised a glass to celebrate the 100th birthday of Carl Apfel. That name should sound familiar to those still following the rising star of …

Yreating ash trees under Dr. Jim’s guidance (far right).  Photo courtesy of Andrew Schwarz

Tree whisperer

I recently found my way to the Omega Institute in New York’s Hudson Valley to take part in a weekend workshop to learn about Tree Whispering.  As the curator of …

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Tasting Art Basel

Art Baaaasel (Not Basil, Bazeel or any variation thereof and believe me — I’ve heard them all!) in Basel, Switzerland is, at 45 years old, arguably the most important modern …

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PEMcast 002 — Makers

For this episode of the PEMcast, we focus on our new Maker Lounge and one of the most known makers in the world, kinetic sculptor Theo Jansen. Our Curator of …