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artforum.comRoy Lichtenstein Foundation Announces Gifts to the Whitney Museum and the Archives of American ArtThe Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art in Washington, DC, are the recipients of major gifts from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, an institution whose main goal is to make the Pop artist’s work more accessible to the public.The Whitney will receive more than four hundred pieces—such as paintings, sculptures, drawings, collages, prints, and maquettes—in order to establish the Roy Lichtenstein Study Collection. The gift also includes access to the late artist's West Village studio, where a series of Whitney programs will
cooperhewitt.orgGift Basket | Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design MuseumThis quilt cover features a tasseled basket containing three yellow-green mangoes that refer to the mangoes that Mao Zedong (1893-1976) gave to workers. As leader of China's Communist Party, Mao received a basket of mangoes as a gift from the visiting Pakistani foreign minister in August 1968. Mao re-gifted the non-native delicacies to a group of factory workers assigned to keep the peace at Tsinghua University, where warring factions of Red Guards had just been suppressed. Awed by the gift, the workers took measures to preserve the fruit in wax or formaldehyde; the mango quickly became a symbol of the working class. For about a year, mangoes were often evoked in propaganda as a symbol of the change of policy that removed students from the revolutionary stage and elevated the ideal of the worker. The China Institute in New York City hosted an exhibition, Mao’s Golden Mangoes and the Cultural Revolution, from September 2014 through April 2015, featuring more than 80 mango-related
phys.orgWhat stops mass extinctions? Lessons from amphibian die-off in PanamaBlack plague killed between 30 to 50 percent of people worldwide. The cause, Yersinia pestis, is still around, but people are not dying of the plague. An even more devastating modern disease caused by the chytrid fungus wiped entire frog and salamander populations off the map. New results from work at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama published in the Mar. 29 edition of Science, reveal the outcomes of the chytridiomycosis epidemic and their implications for diseases of mass destruction.
politics.theonion.comArchaeologists Discover Fully Intact 17th-Century Belief System In Ohio CongressmanCOLUMBUS, OH—Marveling at how well preserved the archaic opinions were, a team of archaeologists from the Smithsonian Institution announced Thursday the discovery of a fully intact 17th-century belief system in Ohio congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH). “It’s just extraordinary to come across a perspective that dates back to the the mid-1600s and shows absolutely no signs of decay,” said Dr. Claire Goedde, explaining that while it’s not uncommon to encounter partial remains of convictions from that era, it’s exceedingly rare to recover a specimen this pristine. “All the 400-year-old viewpoints remain almost completely untouched, from religion’s place in society to the rights of women to the attitude toward science. I can only imagine the insights this single sample will provide as to how people who lived centuries ago saw the world around them.” Goedde added, however, that the congressman’s belief system was fragile even in near-perfect condition and could deteriorate rapidly if examined too much.
americanhistory.si.eduJob OpportunitiesMore than 6,000 people are employed at the Smithsonian Institution, 300 of whom work at the National Museum of American History. The Museum employs people whose job titles range from Curator to Computer Specialist. Staff at the Museum conduct historical research, manage collections of Museum artifacts, document historic objects, design and build exhibits, work with computers, networks, and Web pages, present educational programs, develop budgets, track finances, and oversee the administration of the museum.
theedadvocate.orgSlavery on campus – recovering the history of Washington College's discarded slaves - The EdvocateSpread the loveKelley Deetz, University of Virginia and Alfred L. Brophy, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill When First Lady Michelle Obama reminded Americans during the Democratic National Convention that she lives in a house literally built by slaves, it once again sparked discussion of slavery in the United States’ history. The White House is not the only famous building built by enslaved African-Americans. Slaves and the wealth created by their forced labor were used to build many American institutions. For example, the Smithsonian Institution’s storied “castle” was built using limestone quarried by slaves. Universities too benefited from slavery …
etsy.comAntique Teaching Aid 1897 Arithmetic Rare Complete 20 charts Smithsonian Institute only discovered documentation Americana Victorian Era WOWEvans Arithmetical Study Antique Teaching Aid, copyright 1897 by R.O Evans and Co. with 20 chromolithographed charts. We have had this in our family for many years, and the only reference or images of another one we have uncovered is at The National Museum of American History at the1
cooperhewitt.orgMonumentality in Social Housing | Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design MuseumRicardo Bofill’s architectural design, Aerial Perspective of the Lake, the Arcades, the Viaduct, and the Temple Housing Complex for St. Quentin-en-Yvelines (1981) displays the architect’s concept sketch for a monumental housing project to be constructed in the outskirts of Paris. While the idea of constructing mass social housing in suburban Paris dates back to the years following World War II, a plan coalesced in the late 1960s before and following the crisis of 1968 when student unrest, demonstrations, and national strikes almost brought the French government to a halt. The government’s response to civic dissatisfaction was to decentralize universities, and to develop housing estates and social institutions in the suburbs to discourage future mass anti-government movements. Five “New Towns” were envisioned with apartment complexes to be constructed quickly and economically; St. Quentin-en-Yvelines was among these “New” cities. Ricardo Bofill and his firm Taller de Arqitectura
artforum.comGuggenheim Appoints Corinne Godsall Director, Corporate, Institutional, and Global PartnersThe Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation announced that Corinne Godsall has joined the institution as director, corporate, institutional, and global partners. Godsall comes to the Guggenheim from Smithsonian Enterprises, where as director of media operations. In her new role, Godsall is responsible for developing and managing a strategic plan for the museum’s global fundraising program with corporations, foundations, and government agencies to build support for Guggenheim initiatives, programming, and general operations.“Corinne’s far-ranging and considerable experience working for
entertainment.theonion.comLibrary Of Congress Adds ‘No Sleep ’Til Hammersmith’ To National Motörhead RegistryWASHINGTON—In recognition of the 1981 live album’s contribution to the metal pioneers’ legacy, the Library of Congress announced Tuesday that No Sleep ’Til Hammersmith had been added to the National Motörhead Registry. “Built on the successes of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre EP and the album Ace Of Spades, Hammersmith marks the absolute peak of the band’s Lemmy, ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke, and Phil ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor lineup, making it an exemplary addition to the NMR,” Acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao said of the database, a federally funded collection of over 800 albums, singles, and bootleg recordings from throughout the rock-and-roll band’s 40-year career. “Obviously, since there is so much deserving music, we have to be selective with what we include. When you consider that Hammersmith features such technically adept and aggressively loud songs as ‘Overkill’ and ‘Capricorn’ recorded live at Newcastle City Hall, the choice was obvious.” In conjunction with the announcement, officials from the Smithsonian Institution’s Motörhead Collection confirmed they had acquired 100 empty bottles of Jack Daniels that Lemmy had consumed during the 1986 Orgasmatron tour.
nationalzoo.si.eduNew at the Zoo: Meet Red Pandas Nutmeg and JackieJust in time for Valentine’s Day, two animals that are red and white and beloved by everyone made their debut on Asia Trail! Meet Nutmeg and her son, Jackie, who came to the Zoo from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in December.12