Month: February 2014

February 19th photos

by Ed Rodley

So, another month is behind us, and another night of celebrating and mingling and Drinking About Museums: Boston.

We started off the evening with some good wishes from across the Pond, courtesy of Mar Dixon and the Drinking About Museums: London crew! Hopefully, they were all safely in bed by the time we started our event.

DAM: London in full swing. Photo by Mar Dixon

DAM: London in full swing.
Photo by Mar Dixon

Fifty hardy souls braved the weather to come up to the Hong Kong and cheer on their comrades who volunteered to Show Off. The London salute was returned in similar style, and we got down to business: drinking!

The DAM:BOS crew looking very happy.

The DAM:BOS crew looking very happy.

Highlights of the evening

Jeff Steward did not tell us when the Fogg Museum will reopen but did show us the results of work he's doing to visualize the 250,000 works of art in the Harvard Art Museum’s collection. And he did with paper printouts. Old school, indeed!

Jeff Steward did not tell us when the Fogg Museum will reopen but did show us the results of work he’s doing to visualize the 250,000 works of art in the Harvard Art Museum’s collection. And he did with paper printouts. Old school, indeed!

Diana Lempel shared what she learned from what they did at Hack the Museum at Harvard Museums of Natural History.

Diana Lempel shared what she learned from what they did at Hack the Museum at Harvard Museums of Natural History.

Emily Oswald suggested using Charlesview Apartments as a Pop-Up Museum.

Emily Oswald suggested using Charlesview Apartments as a Pop-Up Museum.

Meg Winikates took us behind the scenes with the finches in Peabody Essex Museum’s ‘From Here to Ear’ exhibition.

Mini Ed was chugging the cranberry juice, and enjoyed all the talks.

Mini Ed was chugging the cranberry juice, and enjoyed all the talks.

Susan Timberlake was all about the badges as she told us about micro credentials and being a Test Pilot for the Center for the Future of Museums badging experiment.

Susan Timberlake was all about the badges as she told us about micro credentials and being a Test Pilot for the Center for the Future of Museums badging experiment.

Becky Pittore gave a frank talk on what it was like being an art history major.

Becky Pittore gave a frank talk on what it was like being an art history major.

Alli Rico gave an impassioned homage to the Waterworks Museum, the coolest industrial museum this side of the Charles River.

Alli Rico gave an impassioned homage to the Waterworks Museum, the coolest industrial museum this side of the Charles River.

For those of you Show Offs who had digital presentations, if you drop them on SlideShare with the #drinkingaboutmuseums hashtag, I’ll add them here, too!

See ya next month!

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Our next event is February 19th!

We threatened to roll out a website for some time, and here it is. It’s bare bones, but we hope it’ll grow into a decent repository for all our future adventures and hijinks. If you take pictures of events, have presentations you want to share, this’ll be a handy spot for them to live. OK?

OK, kids. We’re ready to roll with this month’s Drinking About Museums/Museums Showoff: Boston!

When: February 19th, 6PM. Showing off starts at 7PM.

Where: We will be returning to Harvard Square and the fabulous Hong Kong Restaurant

1238 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

What: This will be our second edition of Museums Showoff. For more on the format, check the menu choice above.

Who: We’ve got a great lineup for this month’s event. In no particular order, they are:

  • Alli Rico     This Is the Waterworks Museum (or, I’ve Always Wondered What That Building On the Reservoir Was) –  everyone knows about the Golden Age of Boston and what it meant for the cultural development of the city, but do you know about the Chestnut Hill High Service Pumping Station? A 9 minute showoff of the coolest industrial museum this side of the Charles River.
  • Ari Davidow     Remixing online exhibits: Ideas for making GLAM web objects seeds for new creations
  • Jeff Steward     “Visualizing the Invisible”: a brief look at the secret lives of the 250,000 works of art in the Harvard Art Museum’s collection
  • Susan Timberlake     Being a Test Pilot for the Center for the Future of Museums
  • Becky Pittore     Something about the aquarium and/or art history
  • Meg Winikates     Aviary Antics: behind the scenes with the finches in PEM’s ‘From Here to Ear’ exhibition
  • Diana Lempel     What I learned from and what we did at Hack the Museum
  • Emily Oswald     Charlesview Apartments as Pop-Up Museum: A Thought Experiment. Wouldn’t it be incredible if we made a pop-up museum at the old Charlesview Apartments? Ok, maybe we can’t make it happen. But what could we do instead?