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cooperhewitt.orgCorporate Fare, Frozen: A Donald Deskey Associates’ Cafeteria Concept | Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design MuseumIn a 1947 article on frozen food for Popular Mechanics, Andrew Hamilton anticipated that “before long you may see frozen dinners served in hotels, trains, planes, ships, factories, offices and your own home.” Earl E. Hoyt Jr., designer and draftsman at Donald Deskey Associates (DDA) between 1960 and 1965, sought to realize Hamilton’s prophecy in this speculative design for a corporate cafeteria that served frozen foods. The prolific designer and principal of DDA, Donald Deskey (whose archive Cooper Hewitt holds), hired Hoyt straight out of Pratt Institute, where he studied industrial design. His senior project dealt with the production and distribution of frozen food—a still-nascent industry when the designer graduated in 1960—and incorporated solutions for harvesting crops, preparing and storing flash-frozen goods, and delivering them to supermarkets. Deskey’s business acumen matched his design dexterity, and recognizing the potential for such a system he placed Hoyt in his Special
folkways.si.eduSmithsonian FolkwaysSmithsonian Folkways Recordings is the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution, the national museum of the United States. We are dedicated to supporting cultural diversity and increased understanding among peoples through the documentation, preservation, and dissemination of sound.2
moma.orgArt and Practice with Ulysses JenkinsWorkshop. September 15. Art and Practice is a series of discussion-based seminars that bring together emerging and experienced artists to explore the challenges and possibilities of sustaining a creative life. This season is organized in conjunction with the exhibition Charles White: A Retrospective, to honor White's legacy as an influential mentor and educator. For this session, video artist Ulysses Jenkins hosts an open discussion about the possibilities of technology as a means of asserting political agency. Participants examine the history of video as a norm-establishing technology, the weaponization of the image in the era of the 24-hour news cycle, and the ways in which video and new media artists can reclaim images to catalyze social change. Throughout the conversation, Jenkins will draw from his practice as an artist and educator to facilitate ideas about utilizing technology to disrupt the social order and promote a just future. This program takes place in Classroom B, located on the Mezzanine level of the Cullman Education and Research Building. A reception will take place from 2:30 to 3:00 p.m. Ulysses Jenkins is a video and performance artist. He received his BA from Southern University and his MFA from Otis Art Institute. He is currently a professor of art at the University of California, Irvine, where he instructs video and performance art and previously served as director of the African American Studies Program in the School of Humanities. Jenkins’s work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Walker Art Center, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, among others. Recent group exhibitions include Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power (Tate Modern), Pursuing the Unpredictable: The New Museum 1977–2017 (New Museum), Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960–1980 (Hammer Museum), VideoStudio: Playback (The Studio Museum in Harlem), Sympathetic Magic: Video Myths and Rituals (Armory Center for the Arts), and California Video (J. Paul Getty Museum). This program is free, but an application form (https://goo.gl/forms/Z7CBb71prbslglv33) is required. Once enrollment has been confirmed, each participant will be provided reading material in advance of the session. Selected participants will be confirmed for the session by September 3. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com). Art and Practice is a series of discussion-based seminars that bring together emerging and experienced artists to explore the challenges and possibilities of sustaining a creative life.
cooperhewitt.orgA Harmony of Contrasts | Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design MuseumArmin Hofmann (Swiss, b. 1920) is associated with a graphic design movement known as the Swiss Style, which originated in Switzerland in the 1940s and 50s. Also referred to as the International Typographic Style, the Swiss Style is characterized by a recognition of the importance of typography—especially sans-serif fonts—as an essential element of design. The use of asymmetrical layouts, a grid-based design, and photography in place of drawings or illustrations are also features of the movement. Following his education in Zurich and an apprenticeship in lithography, Hofmann opened his own studio and began teaching graphic design at the Basel School of Arts and Crafts. Hofmann has spent much of his career designing posters, including important projects for cultural institutions such as the Kunsthalle Basel and the Stadt Theater Basel. This poster, which advertises the outdoor performance of the ballet Giselle in Basel’s Rosenfeld Park, reflects his ability to convey a sense of dynamic
artforum.comBaltimore Museum of Art Announces Curatorial AppointmentsThe Baltimore Museum of Art announced that it has hired three new curators. Asma Naeem will join the institution as chief curator; Andaleeb Badiee Banta as senior curator of prints, drawings, and photographs; and Virginia Anderson as curator and department head of American art.Naeem, a specialist in American art and contemporary Islamic art, comes to the museum from the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, where she served as the curator of prints, drawings, and media arts. Two exhibitions she curated at the Gallery are still currently on view: “UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light, Ken Gonzales-Day
getty.eduThe Smithsonian Institution is a massive building erected in the southwest quarter of the City of Washington... (Getty Museum)The Smithsonian Institution is a massive building erected in the southwest quarter of the City of Washington...; E. Totherick (American, active 1870s); 1871 - 1881; Albumen silver print; 84.XC.979.4843; Gift of Weston J. and Mary M. Naef; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California
phys.orgNew soft coral species discovered in PanamaA study in the journal Bulletin of Marine Science describes a new, blood-red species of octocoral found in Panama. The species in the genus Thesea was discovered in the threatened low-light reef environment on Hannibal Bank, 60 kilometers off mainland Pacific Panama, by researchers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama (STRI) and the Centro de Investigación en Ciencias del Mar y Limnología (CIMAR) at the University of Costa Rica.
theonion.comNew Smithsonian Exhibit Details How Fashion Pioneers Tamed The Frumpy WestWASHINGTON—In celebration of the massive contributions made by America’s unsung couture heroes, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum Of American History opened a new exhibition Thursday chronicling the struggles of prêt-à-pioneers as they tamed the frumpy West. “These early fashionistas were true trailblazers, bravely striking westward clad in deceptively simple deconstructed calico bonnets and rugged but flattering raw suede vests,” said Smithsonian Exhibits Deputy Director Frances Datta, who noted the style sacrifices made by those who left the tailored, often lavishly accessorized homes they knew to venture into the utterly tacky western expanses. “This is the largest fall collection of frontier fashion artifacts anywhere in the United States, a true testament to the ingenuity and taste of the settlers in the face of almost certain drabness. They were among the first to warn gunslingers, shopkeeps, schoolmarms, and cowboys of the dangers posed by shapeless dresses, unflattering shirts, over-suspended trousers, and the all-too-overdone cowboy hats.” Datta also described how the fashion pioneers first rejected, then emulated, and eventually wiped out the gaudy turquoise-forward color palette of the West’s indigenous cultures.
cityguideny.comGet a Free Pair of Free Tickets for Museum Day, September 22There are 16 NYC museums participating in this year's Museum Day on September 22. The national event is sponsored by The SmithsonianMagazine. Go online to sign up a free pair of tickets to institutions that include New York City favorites like the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design, and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
artforum.comChase F. Robinson to Lead Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler GalleriesEducator Chase F. Robinson, who currently serves as the president of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, has been named director of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. Together, the two museums comprise the Smithsonian’s national Asian art museums which are home to more than 41,000 works.“Chase is an outstanding scholar with impeccable credentials and a notable educational leader who recognizes the importance of public institutions in advancing understanding as a widespread civic good,” said Smithsonian secretary David
phys.orgOld species learn new tricks... very slowlyA quick look at the fossil record shows that no species lasts forever. On average, most species exist for around a million years, although some species persist for much longer. A new study published in Scientific Reports from paleontologists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama shows that young species can take advantage of new opportunities more easily than older species: a hint that perhaps older species are bound to an established way of life.
today.comWatch Jenna Bush Hager go whale watching off the coast of New York CityCan you spot whales off the coast of New York City? Jenna Bush Hager joined Nick Pyenson, paleontologist at the Smithsonian Institution and author of “Spying on Whales,” for an afternoon of whale watching near Manhattan in what Jenna calls “the best day of her life!”
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 …
sciencex.comBest of Last Week – Oldest galaxies in universe, solving spaghetti mystery and poor sleep impact on social lifeIt was a big week for space news as a team of astronomers from the Institute for Computational Cosmology at Durham University and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics identified some of the oldest galaxies in the universe—and they were orbiting the Milky Way. Also, a team at Lockheed Martin gave a first look into where astronauts may live on missions to deep space—in a massive cylindrical habitat. And in a massive region of space, astronomers found far fewer galaxies than they expected. The team from the University of California used the Subaru telescope on Mauna Kea to search for galaxies of young stars in an exceptionally large region of space—one 500 million light-years across. Also, an international team found evidence suggesting that exoplanets may contain vast amounts of water—and they appear to be very common.