The New ‘Monuments Officers’ Prepare to Protect Art Amid War

A group of art experts have had intensive training to become part of the U.S. Army Reserve. It will be their job to help save cultural heritage in war zones.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #monuments-men, #reserves-military, #smithsonian-institution, #united-states-army, #virginia, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Give Duke Ellington the 1965 Pulitzer Prize

An overdue reckoning worth reckoning with.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #black-people, #classical-music, #ellington-duke, #internal-sub-only-nl, #jazz, #lamar-kendrick, #smithsonian-institution

The Lessons of Nothingness From Maverick Zen Monks

Art today is often a parade of the self. The Freer Gallery of Art presents objects by medieval artists who plunge you into the world by removing you from it.

#art, #buddhism, #china, #freer-gallery-of-art, #japan, #meditation, #monasteries-and-monks, #museums, #smithsonian-institution, #washington-dc

They Thought the Skulls Were Murder Victims’. They Were Off by Centuries.

Originally thought to be the remnants of gang killings, dozens of skulls found in a cave in southern Mexico are now believed to be from sacrificial killings more than 1,000 years ago.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #bones, #caves-and-caverns, #chiapas-mexico, #mesoamerica, #skull-body-part, #smithsonian-institution

To Diversify, the National Portrait Gallery is Adding Performances

The National Portrait Gallery is embracing live performance to highlight American stories missing from its halls.

#black-people, #dancing, #museums, #museumsaspecialreport, #national-portrait-gallery-washington-dc, #race-and-ethnicity, #smithsonian-institution

Ukraine War Bares U.S. Army Delay in Creating New ‘Monuments Officers’

Civilian specialists are tracking the threat to landmarks in Ukraine as the U.S. Army struggles after more than two years to appoint new cultural heritage preservation specialists modeled after the “Monuments Men.”

#historic-buildings-and-sites, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #monuments-men, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #smithsonian-institution, #ukraine, #united-states-army, #world-war-ii-1939-45

How Jan. 6 Might Look in 2086

As curators at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, we are regularly confronted by hard physical evidence of just how slippery the past can be.

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Climate Change Threatens Smithsonian Museums

Beneath the National Museum of American History, floodwaters are intruding into collection rooms, a consequence of a warming planet. A fix remains years away.

#floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #museums, #national-mall-washington-dc, #national-museum-of-american-history, #rain, #smithsonian-institution, #smithsonian-national-museum-of-natural-history, #washington-dc

Memorial Along National Mall Honors Pandemic Victims

Hundreds of thousands of white flags honor the more than 670,000 people in the United States who have died from the coronavirus.

#art, #bowser-muriel-e, #bunch-lonnie-g-iii, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #national-mall-washington-dc, #national-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture, #smithsonian-institution

These Are the Art Shows and Events to See This Season

From an enormous roundup of Black American portraits to a two-city retrospective of Jasper Johns, the new art season is buzzing again — and as busy as it ever was.

#aldrich-contemporary-art-museum, #art, #art-institute-of-chicago, #asia-society, #baltimore-museum-of-art, #bard-graduate-center-for-studies-in-the-decorative-arts, #brooklyn-academy-of-music, #brooklyn-museum, #cleveland-museum-of-art, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #new-york-city, #smithsonian-institution, #whitney-museum-of-american-art, #yale-university-art-gallery, #zwirner-david-gallery

Smithsonian Begins Two-Year Racial Justice Initiative

“Our Shared Future: Reckoning With Our Racial Past” will begin with a livestreamed program Thursday and expand to communities across the country.

#bunch-lonnie-g-iii, #culture-arts, #education, #farm-aid-festival, #museums, #our-shared-future-reckoning-with-our-racial-past, #race-and-ethnicity, #smithsonian-institution

Smithsonian Acquires Rare Photographs From the First African American Studios

Daguerreotypes by James P. Ball, Glenalvin Goodridge and Augustus Washington are the centerpiece of a collection that could rewrite the early history of American photography.

#art, #black-people, #bunch-lonnie-g-iii, #collectors-and-collections, #museums, #photography, #smithsonian-american-art-museum, #smithsonian-institution

What Should Museums Do With the Bones of the Enslaved?

As one museum has pledged to return skulls held in an infamous collection, others, including the Smithsonian, are reckoning with their own holdings of African-American remains.

#black-people, #bunch-lonnie-g-iii, #colleges-and-universities, #harvard-university, #morton-samuel-george, #museums, #native-americans, #race-and-ethnicity, #skull-body-part, #slavery-historical, #smithsonian-institution, #university-of-pennsylvania-museum-of-archaeology-and-anthropology

A Pioneer of Digital Design Looks Back on a Defining Era

Loretta Staples, a U.I. designer in the 1980s and ’90s, had a front-row seat to the rise of personal computing.

#apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #design, #smithsonian-institution

Amy Sherald Directs Her Breonna Taylor Painting Toward Justice

After painting a portrait of Taylor, whose killing by police helped galvanize national protests, the artist decided she wanted the work to live on in public.

#art, #black-people, #bunch-lonnie-g-iii, #capshaw-kate, #coates-ta-nehisi, #louisville-ky, #museums, #philanthropy, #sherald-amy, #smithsonian-institution, #taylor-breonna-1993-2020, #washington-dc

Fauci Is Giving His Coronavirus Model to the Smithsonian

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci’s donation of his 3-D virus model to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History comes as museums are working to document the Covid-19 era.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #fauci-anthony-s, #medicine-and-health, #museums, #national-museum-of-american-history, #smithsonian-institution

Is Seeing That Renoir Essential? In the Pandemic, Cities Differ

Arizona has allowed its museums to remain open despite a deadly outbreak, while in cities and states with far fewer cases, the doors have been closed.

#about-time-fashion-and-duration-exhibit, #american-alliance-of-museums, #art, #art-institute-of-chicago, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #costume-institute, #los-angeles-county-museum-of-art, #lott-laura-l, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museum-of-fine-arts-boston, #museums, #philadelphia-museum-of-art, #phoenix-art-museum, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rodgers-timothy-r, #rub-timothy, #smithsonian-institution, #weiss-daniel-h

The National Zoo’s Panda Cub Has a Name: Xiao Qi Ji

The cub had a live birth and a social media following — everything, it seemed, but a name. Until now.

#conservation-of-resources, #pandas, #smithsonian-institution, #smithsonian-national-zoological-park, #washington-dc, #zoos

Where Is the Smithsonian Museum for American Latinos?

Our stories still don’t have a permanent home in our nation’s capital.

#national-museum-of-the-american-latino, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #smithsonian-institution, #united-states-politics-and-government

Trump Calls for ‘Patriotic Education’ to Defend American History From the Left

At the National Archives Museum, the president warned against a “radical movement” that has emerged from “decades of left-wing indoctrination in our schools.”

#education, #national-archives-museum-washington-dc, #national-endowment-for-the-humanities, #new-york-times, #slavery-historical, #smithsonian-institution, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Winning the Right to Vote Was the Work of Many Lifetimes

It took generations of women — mothers and daughters, leaders and followers — to secure the 19th Amendment.

#2020-suffrage, #national-portrait-gallery-washington-dc, #nineteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #smithsonian-institution, #stanton-elizabeth-cady, #terrell-mary-church, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

House Votes to Create a National Museum of the American Latino

Plans for a museum devoted to the history and contributions of Latinos in the United States began forming in the 2000s, but legislation had not gained traction in Congress until now.

#cornyn-john, #hispanic-americans, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #munoz-henry-r-iii, #museums, #national-museum-of-the-american-latino, #senate, #serrano-jose-e, #smithsonian-institution, #smithsonian-latino-center, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

How Joe Biden Can Address the Monuments Issue

Monuments and memorials should present an honest version of the nation’s contradictory story. The Biden campaign can seize this historical moment.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bunch-lonnie-g-iii, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #obama-barack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #smithsonian-institution, #united-states-politics-and-government

Smithsonian’s Leader Says ‘Museums Have a Social Justice Role to Play’

Lonnie Bunch, who oversees a host of museums and libraries, says the role of cultural institutions is to make people “feel comfortable with nuance and complexity.”

#bunch-lonnie-g-iii, #coronavirus-reopenings, #museums, #race-and-ethnicity, #smithsonian-institution

Robert Laughlin, Preserver of a Mayan Language, Dies at 85

His monumental dictionary, after years of fieldwork, documented Tzotzil in southern Mexico. But that was just the start of his efforts to preserve the culture.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #chiapas-mexico, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #dictionaries, #indigenous-people, #language-and-languages, #laughlin-robert-m-1934-2020, #mayans, #smithsonian-institution

Museums Collect Protest Signs to Preserve History in Real Time

Curators surveyed the area outside the White House on Wednesday for artifacts that will help record the emotional turmoil.

#art, #black-lives-matter-movement, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #lafayette-square-washington-dc, #museums, #signs-and-signage, #smithsonian-institution

No Touch, No Hands-On Learning, for Now, as Museums Try to Reopen

Science and children’s museums are studying how to rethink their many tactile exhibits to keep people safe.

#american-museum-of-natural-history, #brooklyn-childrens-museum, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #futter-ellen-v, #international-spy-museum, #museum-of-science-boston, #museums, #national-air-and-space-museum, #natural-history-museum-of-los-angeles-county, #new-york-historical-society, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #science-and-technology, #smithsonian-institution, #stofan-ellen, #strong-national-museum-of-play-rochester-ny

Elon Musk’s SpaceX Suit Is Like a Tuxedo for the Starship Enterprise

It also may herald the return of wearable tech.

#design, #fashion-and-apparel, #fernandez-jose-1992-2016, #musk-elon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #private-spaceflight, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #smithsonian-institution, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp, #your-feed-fashion

The Hidden Language of Masks

Even before the world went into lockdown, a team at the Smithsonian was gathering artifacts of a global pandemic for posterity.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #lord-alexandra-museum-executive, #masks, #national-museum-of-american-history, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #smithsonian-institution