Blank Canvas

Today on Museum Bites we’re keeping it simple and taking a closer look at an art museum staple, the seemingly blank canvas. No battle scenes, fruit bowls or moody portraits here. Instead, these paintings are saturated in color. Seen gracing the walls of art museums—typically the modern art wing—all over the world these unadorned canvases often prompt some head scratching. What is the meaning behind this art? How can a painting featuring just one color be considered art? So today, I thought we’d nibble on these issues by sampling a collection of canvases I’ve come across on my travels. But first, let’s take a spin on the color wheel…

Beginnings & Endings

Grab your toga, because today on Museum Bites we’re kicking off the New Year Roman-style with a celebration of Janus. This ancient god of transitions was dutifully worshiped by the Romans and today is depicted in time, space, and art. Join me for a brief look at this uniquely Roman god. We begin by dialing back the clock approximately 3,000 years…

The Art of Glass: Part 2

Happy Friday! Today on Museum Bites, we’re rounding out our ramble through the Flint Institute of Arts (FIA) with the second half of our tour through their dazzling collection of sculptured glass. From dewy raindrops to dancing rams, join me for a look at how this fragile material has been melted, molded and cut into brilliant works of art. Our first piece was created using an age-old technique…

Dazzling Deco: Reboot

Today on Museum Bites we’re taking a tour through the Milwaukee Art Museum’s dazzling collection of art deco. Sleek and shiny art deco influenced fashion, entertainment, architecture, and even manufacturing during the 1920s and 1930s. At the dawn of the machine age, art deco transformed our everyday gizmos and gadgets into functional art. Join me for a brief look at some of these delightful designs.

Mighty Art

Today on Museum Bites we’re taking a tour through the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s (MIA) fascinating collection of Japanese art. From wabi-sabi to wasabi, samurai to sushi, the Land of the Rising Sun has a rich and mighty history. Join me for a look at ancient bug helmets, delicate fans, weeping statues, and so much more. We begin with a dynamic duo…

About Face

Helen of Troy’s launched a thousand ships and 007’s masked his tricks. Elphaba’s was green and Mr. T’s was often mean. Today on Museum Bites we’re settling in for some face time.

Cold Comfort

Life within the Arctic Circle is a bone-chilling affair, but through hard work and longstanding traditions, the Inuit have carved out a cozy and communal existence. Join me for a stroll through the Dennos Museum Center's fascinating exhibit and along the way, we’ll learn more about the life, land, and lore of the Inuit. We begin with the humble igloo…

Play Ball

In ancient Mesoamerica, pre-Colombian societies like the Olmecs, Mayans, and Aztecs were swept up in ballgame fever. A cross between soccer and basketball, with the occasional human sacrifice thrown in, this fierce and fast-paced game has been captivating fans for more than 3,000 years.

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