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The Week in Geek, August 22-28: Needs Moar Puppets


Can you smell it, Bostonians? Can you smell it in the air? That, my friends, is the scent of the end of summer. Soon, the...
By Kelly Dickinson  |  August 22, 2011

The Week in Geek, July 25-31: Harry Potter Is Never Going Away


Remember that Harry Potter thing everyone was so crazy over? There were a bunch of books, or something? Then some movies? Well, you had better...
By Kelly Dickinson  |  July 25, 2011

This Week in Geek July 5-10: Get Your Con On


Post-holiday-weekend lag got you down? Did last weekend's boozing, barbecuing and fireworking set your expectations so high such that the prospect of a return the...
By Kelly Dickinson  |  July 06, 2011
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At the Harvard Museum of Natural History, taxidermy takes on a new life

The fisher perches in his case, between a black bear and a porcupine. His spine is permanently kinked in an S-curve, his tail cocked, his body no bigger than two paper-towel tubes soldered end-to-end.
Dead in tooth and claw
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 13, 2011
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Using art to transform the Harvard Museum of Natural History — for one night

While visiting Berlin's Museum Für Naturkunde, Boston architect Lisa Haber-Thomson felt a pang for a simpler era.
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By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 01, 2011
Mark Moffet talks ants at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

Mark Moffet talks ants at the Harvard Museum of Natural History


Sometimes called “The Indiana Jones of entomology,” Mark Moffett is a globetrotting modern-day adventurer, biologist, and National Geographic photographer. His latest book, Adventures Among Ants: A Global...
By webteam  |  May 05, 2010


"Bizarre Animals: An Evening of Contemporary Art Interventions"

"Bizarre Animals: An Evening of Contemporary Art Interventions"


Experience a night at the museum through the eyes of 12 experimental artists as they turn the Harvard Museum of Natural History on its head...
By webteam  |  March 24, 2010
Photographer Amy Stein's "Domesticated: Modern Dioramas Of Our New Natural History"

Photographer Amy Stein's "Domesticated: Modern Dioramas Of Our New Natural History"


We've said it before and we'll say it again: you can never have too many dioramas. Not the garish-construction-paper-cutouts-in-a-shoebox kind. No, the dioramas we crave...
By Ian Sands  |  January 20, 2010
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Michael Mazur, 1935 - 2009

"He was so alive ," a friend wrote to me a few days after Michael Mazur died, on August 18.
Painter, printmaker, teacher, art historian, curator, political/social/arts activist, Red Sox and Celtics fan
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  August 28, 2009
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When the red, red robin . . .

This exhibit explores the basic nature of color and its relationship to survival and pleasure in the world.
‘Language Of Color’ at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, ‘Speaker Project’ at MassArt, Cathy McLaurin at Montserrat
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  September 17, 2008

Amanda Means: "Looking at Leaves"


THROUGH MARCH, 2009Spoiler alert: autumn is coming. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but it’ll be here soon enough, stunning foliage in tow. Admit it:...
By Liza Weisstuch  |  June 23, 2008


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Don’t leave me this way

Leaves lead a wild life, and each leaf’s physical structure reflects both its individual biography — revealing the pathways, for example, of insects that have eaten their way across a leaf’s surface.
Botanical Forms at Harvard’s Museum of Natural History, Carroll Dunham and more at the Addison, and Renzo Piano at the Fogg
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  May 06, 2008
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Sizing things up

Back in the day — and by that I mean the 15th century — printing on paper was in its infancy in Europe, since the process of papermaking had just made its way there from China.
Monumental Prints and Small Ponds at the Davis Museum, ‘Art and Math’ at Axiom, Glass Sea Creatures at Harvard, and New Rationalists at Proof
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  March 10, 2008
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Environmentally yours

Environmental interest groups, Shellenberger and Nordhaus claimed, simply don’t dream big enough to address the multifaceted monster that is global warming.
Two new takes on global warming
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 24, 2007

Highly Evolved: David Quammen at the HMNH tomorrow


"Without speculation there is no good and original observation." When Rhodes Scholar David Qua...
By Sharon Steel  |  September 18, 2006
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Time and space

Humor and craftsmanship are both evident on the art horizon.
Artists taking on all there is
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  March 07, 2006