Get a behind the scenes look at this 8-ton, 2,600 square foot installation by Jesús Rafael Soto, currently on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston through Sunday. Photography courtesy of Carrithers Studio/Estate of Jesús Rafael Soto and Thomas R. Dubrock/Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.


The architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed 1141 buildings, but only 532 were actually completed during his lifetime. Many have since been demolished with only 400 buildings still standing. But did you know he designed a cat house? In the early 1950s, Gerald Tonkens commissioned Wright’s office to design and build his family’s residence in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Tonkens’ daughter, Nancy, had a cat named Felinus and she requested an appropriate residence for the family pet. So the office designed a modern cat house in Wright’s favorite color, Cherokee Red. This important piece of feline design, along with the original rendering shown above, has passed through the hands of various auction houses and antique dealers over the years until it was recently acquired by the Feline Historical Museum in Alliance, Ohio, which I bet you didn’t know even existed. The museum not only displays the Wright-designed cat house but a large collection of historical feline artifacts like an early 1900’s wooden cat carrier, a 19th century scrapbook of cat memorabilia and over 1,400 cat-related books as well as real, live cats like Maine Coons and Ragdolls.


In honor the 51st anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, we’re exploring our dreams. During our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Art and Service workshop, we asked children what they could do to help their community. From picking up litter to helping those in need, they had some great ideas. Now it’s your turn. What are you doing to make your community a better place?


Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin

This is honestly one of the best natural history museums I have visited. The main feature right now is the preparation of museum specimens, and they have some truly stunning taxidermy out. They have an exhibition on flies at the moment as well, which is well laid out and highly educational.

Also in the second and third pictures, you can see these binoculars in the entrance hall. These are basically virtual reality binoculars, and when you look at one of the dinosaurs, it adds muscles and organs, then skin, and then environment so you can watch the skeleton take life. Really well done.

In Miniature is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through December 31.

This exhibition will comprise two groups of portrait miniatures: British, from the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, and French, from the revolutionary period to the Empire. Also included are several eighteenth-century French gold boxes decorated with narratives or scenes in grisaille. All are from the Museum’s permanent collection and, because of their sensitivity to light, are infrequently exhibited. Six larger paintings will be exhibited in order to consider what they may share with the miniatures and to show how they differ.