Weighty Wonders

Today on Museum Bites we’re visiting the Flint Institute of Arts (FIA) and their brilliant collection of glass paperweights. Unlike their snow globe cousins, these shimmery tchotchkes contain mini-worlds that have been forged in fire and frozen in glass. Butterflies, bouquets, and bees are commonly featured in these radiant orbs, but paperweights have an edgy side too. Coiled snakes, dancing devils, and even lattes have inspired their design. Join me for a brief look into these weighty wonders.

Inked

Today on Museum Bites we’re getting inked. Whether it is for self-decoration, group identification, magical protection or a therapeutic prescription, tattoos have a long and colorful history. From the snowy Alps to the Polynesian Islands, we have painted our bodies with vibrant hues and dazzling designs. Join me for a brief look into this ancient art. We begin by dialing the clock back to the Copper Age…

Colorful Chasm

Today on Museum Bites we’re diving into the depths of the Grand Canyon. Located within the Colorado Plateau in Arizona, this vast, multicolored chasm is stunning, breathtaking, humbling. The Grand Canyon has withstood the ravages of time and tourists, and its colorful walls hold the secrets to our past. Join me for a plunge into the great, wide deep. We begin by rolling back the clock 6 million years…

Modern Shine

Today on Museum Bites we’re stepping back in time to the Modernist era (1880s-1940s). The sleek and simple designs on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) highlight modernist function and fun. Join me as we indulge in the modernist’s stylish spin on everyday objects. We’ll sip tea, crush ice, snack on caviar and strum a few twangy wangy tunes. We begin at tea time…

Cutting Edge

Today on Museum Bites we’re taking an enchanting tour through the University of Michigan Museum of Art’s dazzling collection of Tiffany glass. Artist, entrepreneur, philanthropist and pioneer, Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) was a darling of the Gilded Age.

Cheers for Chairs

Today on Museum Bites we’re celebrating the good old reliable and versatile chair. Not only can they be folded, stacked, rocked, reclined and spun, chairs can serve as a handy step stool, makeshift lock, or sought-after commodity in a popular children’s game.

Painted Ladies

I can imagine her enjoying a post-dinner la passeggiata along the Grand Canal. Is she waiting to take a romantic gondola ride under the Bridge of Sighs or planning to sip prosecco in the Piazza San Marco? Whatever her destination, this painting captures a festive night out on the town.

Battle for Breakfast

We’ve danced with California raisins, gone coo coo for Cocoa Puffs, learned Trix are for kids, Lucky Charms are magically delicious, and Frosted Flakes are grrrrrrreat! But the absolute best is naturalist, Euell Gibbons teaching us that certain parts of a pine tree are edible.

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