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Devora Liss

  • What I do, where I work

  • Museum fan, designer, carpenter, writer, educator.

  • Timber City

    Timber City

    Review

    by Devora Liss Published February 12 2017

    First, I should come clean and say that I was an employee of NBM between 2010-12. Second, I am a certified carpentress, and thus become over-excited in the presence of wood. This exhibition comprises of four large panels, each on a different topic:...

  • Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse

    Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse

    Review

    by Devora Liss Published February 12 2017

    From the exhibition's website: "Offering creative, alternative approaches to confronting textile waste ... presents the work of three designers who put sustainability at the heart of the design process." The exhibition features three designers:...

  • Strike a Pose

    Strike a Pose

    Review

    by Devora Liss Published February 12 2017

    Plenty has been written about the cutting edge technology at the Cooper Hewitt - the pen (leave your mark and "collect" favorites) and the immersion room (experience the digitized collection of wall coverings). I'd like to review a smaller piece of...

  • Constructing Play

    Constructing Play

    Review

    by Devora Liss Published February 12 2017

    This exhibition examined at children's toys and games through a mechanical lens - how the pieces fit, click, and work together. It featured four sections: 1) stacking; 2) modular; 3) interlocking; 4) engineering. Each section displayed a wide range of...

  • Children's Drawings by Israeli Artists

    Children's Drawings by Israeli Artists

    Review

    by Devora Liss Published December 24 2015

    This exhibit is a sub-set of a much larger research project undertaken by Ayala Gordon, Israel Museum curator emeritus and founder of the Ruth Youth Wing. It features early examples of artwork by well-known Israeli artists, including Avigdor Arikha,...

  • Museo Pumapungo

    Museo Pumapungo

    Review

    by Devora Liss Published October 28 2015

    Museo Pumapungo has it all - ethnographic displays, modern art, Inca ruins (the museum's back yard), numismatics, and historical information. Even better, the museum is free - but it comes at the "cost" of having very little English. Making a...

  • San Cristobal Interpretation Center

    San Cristobal Interpretation Center

    Review

    by Devora Liss Published October 28 2015

    I had been in the Galapagos for eight days. I'd seen the islands, the wildlife, swam with sea lions, viewed albatrosses mating, and seen more lizards than I could count. The interpretation center was the last stop before heading back to the mainland....

  • Green Energy?

    Green Energy?

    Review

    by Devora Liss Published August 16 2013

    I visited the Madatech museum with a friend whose office wants to sponsor/build renewable energy education centers. As a museum/outdoor education person, she wanted my "behind the scenes" opinion on what we'd see. This review covers three separate...

  • Mitzpe Ramon Visitors Center

    Mitzpe Ramon Visitors Center

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    by Devora Liss Published August 16 2013

    (An opening note: the word makhtesh is used here – describing a unique geological phenomenon found only in southern Israel and Sinai. English speakers erroneously refer to this site as the Ramon Crater. More info:...

  • Different = Equal

    Different = Equal

    Review

    by Devora Liss Published April 22 2013

    As a part-time/freelance employee at the Adam Institute for Democracy and Peace, I encountered this exhibition as a facilitator. This is not an exhibition in the traditional sense (artifacts in a museum), but rather an interactive, educational...

  • Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty

    Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty

    Review

    by Devora Liss Published April 05 2012

    Thomas Jefferson is a complex figure in American history. This mostly stems from the fact that he drafted the Declaration of Independence while owning slaves. The plot only thickens with

  • Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking in the United States

    Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking in the United States

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    by Devora Liss Published March 30 2012

    Last year, I worked on an assignment curating/designing a hypothetical exhibition. Inspired by Kevin Bales' book, I chose the topic of modern-day slavery. The...

  • The Art of Gaman Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps 1942 to 1946

    The Art of Gaman Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps 1942 to 1946

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    by Devora Liss Published March 17 2011

    Visitors to the Renwick Gallery may be disappointed if expecting the grandeur of the Smithsonian Institute’s other museums. At first glance, the gallery seems to have been forgotten by its sister institutions; located seven blocks north of the...

  • The National Museum of the American Indian

    The National Museum of the American Indian

    Review

    by Devora Liss Published March 17 2011

    The National Museum of the American Indian is rooted in two very challenging assumptions. The first is that all Native cultures share enough “Indian-ness” to justify the mantle of peoplehood. The second assumption is less specific to the Natives -...

  • Hall of Mammals Africa

    Hall of Mammals Africa

    Review

    by Devora Liss Published February 27 2011

    At first glance, the Hall of Mammals appears to be a very stark exhibition. Mammals of all sizes are stuffed in life-like positions; some stand alone and some interact with other animals or prey. Others are positioned alongside an artificial...