17 Aug

Is Now The Dream?

From the other side of the world

“Though these are but the faces of dolls, I am entranced with their unique expressions, and the secrets and mystery they suggest. It is left to the imagination to flesh out each one more fully and hear her poetry from across the centuries.”

– Pat Brown

Is Now the Dream? Hina-ningyō Portraits + Landscapes, on display in our downstairs gallery from January 17th through May 6th, features the work of Pat Brown, a local Austin photographer, who explores the cultural aesthetic of Japan, both past and present.

Hina-ningyō—hand-crafted Japanese dolls collected by the photographer—represent members of the Japanese imperial courts. The photographer’s work brings out the unique expressiveness in each doll, revealing the human and poetic dimensions of their unchanging and timeless expressions.

The title of the exhibit is taken from a poem written by a woman who served in the court of Empress Tokoku, who lived in the 12th century. Describing the decline of her court and thus her way of life, she writes:

Is now the dream?
or was long ago the dream?
I wander on, lost—
unable to convince myself
that this is reality.

Landscape and architectural photographs of Japan round out the exhibit, suggesting what one might have seen during the Edo period prior to Commodore Perry’s opening of Japan to the West in the 1850s, and thus, at the same time Abner Cook was completing our historic house in a young Austin, Texas.

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Kita-Ku, Kyoto
Lady Izumi
Mount Fuji from Hakone
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Prince Kinashikaru
Black Pine - Takayama
Ono no Komachi
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Chiyojo II
Blossoming Tree - Takayama - Hachikemmachi
The Shinkyo Bridge Spanning the Daiya River, Nikko II

Is Now The Dream? Opening Reception: Saturday, February 3rd 4:00 to 6:00pm

Join us and local photographer Pat Brown from 4pm to 6pm on Saturday, February 3rd for a special look at this exhibit. Complimentary refreshments served.

16 Aug

March 30 – Easter Egg Dye-O-Rama

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Easter 2016 - 3
Easter 2016 Eggs

What is Easter Egg Dye-o-Rama?

Hands-on fun? Check!
An Easter event that doesn’t revolve around candy or plastic? Check!
Multiple indoor and outdoor activities suitable for ages 3 & up? Check!
Free? No need to RSVP? Double Check!

Join us this Good Friday for one of our most fun-filled community events of the year, as we open up the house and grounds for an afternoon of old-fashioned
Easter egg dyeing, lawn games, and a chance to get to know one of Austin’s oldest landmarks at your own pace.

Easter egg dyers of all skill levels are welcome! Bring your own boiled (or blown!) eggs and we’ll provide wax resists, vinegar baths, and dyes, and, of course, take care of all of the clean-up. (We’ll also have prepared eggs available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis)

When you’re done working on eggs, enjoy a round of badminton under the shade of our 140 year old pecan tree and try a mango-hibiscus iced tea, a fresh-squeezed lemonade, and maybe even a rice krispie, too!

Ok! What do I need to bring and when does it all start?

Friday, April 14th
12pm to 4pm

Bring your own blown or boiled eggs (no raw eggs, please!) and we will supply all the dyes and decorations you need free! We will also be providing blown and boiled eggs on a first come, first served basis at the following prices:

Blown egg – $2 each
Boiled eggs – $3 for 6 or $5 for 12

No RSVP required! Follow our facebook page for event updates and to invite friends to join in the fun!

Parking is free to visitors in the museum lot located off of 23rd street. Additional paid parking is available at the University Towers parking garage (map) at 22nd 1/2 street and Pearl.

Don’t forget to thank your volunteers!

We simply could not continue to host Easter Egg Dye-O-Rama without the help of our friends at Little Helping Hands. There’s nothing little about the impact they have here and elsewhere!

16 Aug

February 25 – The Impact of NASA on the Lone Star State

If you’ve heard the phrase, “Houston, we have a problem,” you know that the presence of the Johnson Space Center has made an undeniable mark on Texas and on the world. Join us and NASA historian Dr. Jennifer Ross-Nazzal for a look at this unique part of Texas history’s first five decades.

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16 Aug

January 21 – The Invention of the Integrated Circuit

Ever heard of Moore’s Law? It states that the number of circuit components on a computer chip will double every one to two years, and it’s held up since 1965. Where did this process begin? In Texas, of course! (Well, maybe in California, too) Join us and Dr. Chris Mack for a look at the origins of the information age.

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