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americanhistory.si.eduNMAH | Albert H. Small Documents Gallery - Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn: Jazz Composers - Duke EllingtonThe Albert H. Small Documents Gallery, located on the second floor of the National Museum of American History, is devoted to the display of rare and historically significant documents. The gallery features documents that reflect major events and themes in American history from the Smithsonian’s collections, public institutions, and private collections.
usatoday.comEPA chief Scott Pruitt spent almost $10,000 on office decor, report saysAccording to "The Hill", the EPA paid the Smithsonian Institution $1,950 for labor and delivery charges for the three pieces of art, while spending more than $2,500 to frame items that included a photo of him with President Trump and an American flag.
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 …
artforum.comDefunct Corcoran Gallery Donates Nearly 11,000 Remaining WorksFour years after its controversial closure, Washington, DC’s Corcoran Gallery of Art has announced its distribution plans for the nearly 11,000 works that remain in its collection, according to the Washington Post. The vast majority of the works will stay in DC, with around 9,000 works going to the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center and others being doled out to branches of the Smithsonian, universities like Howard and Georgetown, and even the U.S. Supreme Court, among other places. Overall, the giveaway will benefit twenty-two Washington art institutions. The Corcoran was
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.4
artforum.comSmithsonian American Art Museum Names Saisha Grayson Curator of Time-Based ArtThe Smithsonian American Art Museum announced today that Saisha Grayson joined its staff as curator of time-based media on March 19. For her first project, Grayson is working with artist Saya Woolfalk, who is participating in the institution’s annual event SAAM Arcade on July 22.Grayson comes to the museum from the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, where she was assistant curator from 2011 to 2016. During her tenure, Grayson served as organizing curator of “Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey” (2013) and the site-specific exhibition “Chitra Ganesh: Eyes of Time”
phys.orgRecent work challenges view of early Mars, picturing a warm desert with occasional rainThe climate of early Mars is a subject of debate. While it has been thought that Mars had a warm and wet climate like Earth, other researchers have suggested early Mars might have been largely glaciated. A recent study by Ramses Ramirez from the Earth-Life Science Institute (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan) and Robert Craddock from the National Air and Space Museum's Center for Earth and Planetary Studies (Smithsonian Institution, U.S.) suggests that the early Martian surface may not have been dominated by ice, but might instead have been modestly warm and prone to rain, with only small patches of ice.
siarchives.si.eduMeteorology[edan-image:id=siris_sic_9168,size=300,left] Can you imagine a time when weather forecasts were not available, or when people did not know that storms followed predictable paths? The science of meteorology was in its infancy when the Smithsonian was founded in 1846, but over the next three decades, the Institution developed a national network for collecting meteorological data, and made possible some of the earliest weather forecasts.
artforum.comNan Goldin’s P.A.I.N. Group Stages Second Sackler Protest in Washington, DCMore than fifty activists gathered at the Smithsonian Institution’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Art on Thursday, April 26, to protest the opioid epidemic in America. Chanting “Shame on Sackler” and “Sackler Kills with Pills,” the protesters, many in recovery themselves, are holding brothers Arthur, Mortimer, and Raymond Sackler, accountable for the opioid crisis. Even though Arthur died in 1987, before the family’s company Purdue Pharma introduced OxyContin—the powerful painkiller considered one of the most common causes of opioid addiction—the activists claim his marketing genius
cooperhewitt.orgKirigami Intricacies: More than Folding PaperCooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum | Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design MuseumIn celebration of The Senses: Design Beyond Vision, this Object of the Day post takes a multisensory approach to an object in Cooper Hewitt’s permanent collection. This cut and folded paper sphere created by Masahiro Chatani in 1980 is a complex example of “origamic architecture,” a type of kirigami (切り紙)—from the words kiru (to cut) and kami (paper). Developed in the early 1980s by Chatani, Professor of Architecture at Tokyo Institute of Technology, and his colleague Keiko Nakazawa, origamic architecture sculptures range from the relatively simple geometric patterns found on three-dimensional, pop-up greeting cards to complex renderings of building façades executed with the intricate cuts of a special knife. Masahiro Chatani, Origamic Architecture of Masahiro Chatani (Shokokusha, 1983): 111. While origami sculptures get their three-dimensionality from folds, artists shape kirigami works by cutting and folding paper. Both demand great meticulousness and expertise. Chatani used several
artforum.comPhillips Collection Names Makeba Clay Its First Chief Diversity OfficerThe Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, has hired Makeba Clay as its first chief diversity officer. She will be responsible for Phillips’s institutional inclusion strategy. Clay has helped higher education and cultural organizations work toward equity, diversity, and inclusion goals for the last twenty years. Currently the president and CEO of Innovative Global Solutions Consulting, LLC, Clay previously served as a diversity consultant for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art and as associate vice president of institutional equity and diversity at the College of Southern Maryland.
artforum.comSmithsonian Curator Lee Glazer to Lead Colby College’s Lunder Institute for American ArtColby College in Waterville, Maine, announced today that Lee Glazer has been hired as the founding director of its Lunder Institute for American Art. Glazer is a curator of American art for the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. As the institution’s inaugural director, she will be responsible for establishing its scholarly and creative direction. “The appointment of Lee Glazer as institute director puts us a giant step closer to building a truly distinctive and global research center for American art at the Colby College Museum of Art,” said Colby
smithsonianmag.comSmithsonian.com | Smithsonian Magazine | SmithsonianSmithsonianmag.com places a Smithsonian lens on the world, looking at the topics and subject matters researched, studied and exhibited by the Smithsonian Institution -- science, history, art, popular culture and innovation -- and chronicling them every day for our diverse readership.1
gizmodo.comOh My God, Check Out This Amazing Baby GorillaThe Smithsonian’s National Zoo celebrated the birth of a male baby western lowland gorilla on Sunday—the first time in nine years that staff at the zoo have managed to get the critically endangered species to breed in captivity, the institution wrote in a blog post.