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Another Casualty Of Government Shutdown: Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival

“The Smithsonian Institution has canceled this summer’s 10-day Folklife Festival celebrating the music and culture of Benin and Brazil and will replace it with a smaller event.” Instead, “[there] will be a two-day event, June 29 and 30, focused on the ‘Social Power of Music,’ in keeping with the Smithsonian-wide 2019 Year of Music theme.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Smithsonian, Brazil, Issues, Benin, Smithsonian Institution, Social Power of Music, 03.14.19


Art Newspaper Charts Cost of Government Shutdown

The Art Newspaper charts the damage and financial cost of the recent government shutdown faced by federal museums and arts institutions. “I think that’s the biggest loss—the public-facing piece,” says Melissa Chiu, the director of the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Read more at Art Newspape
Tags: Art, News, Smithsonian, Art News, Minipost, Hirshhorn Museum, Melissa Chiu, Sculpture Garden Read


Adding Up What The Government Shutdown Cost Museums

“In that time, the Smithsonian — 19 museums including the Cooper Hewitt design museum in New York and the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) and National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, along with the National Zoo — lost an estimated 1 million visitors. … Although national museums (except the Cooper Hewitt) offer free entry, the Smithsonian lost an estimated $3.4m in gross revenue from its gift shops, concessions and IMAX film screenings.” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, New York, Washington Dc, Smithsonian, Issues, Cooper Hewitt, National Zoo, National Portrait Gallery NPG, 03.13.19


A Million New Visitors Have Come To National Portrait Gallery To See Paintings Of Barack And Michelle Obama

“The Obama portraits have catapulted the Smithsonian museum to the top tier of the city’s attractions by dramatically increasing attendance. The Old Patent Office Building — the historic home to the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum — had a record-breaking 2.3 million visitors in 2018, about a million more than in 2017.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Obama, Michelle Obama, Smithsonian, National Portrait Gallery, Audience, Visual, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 02.26.19


All the Rembrandts: The Rijksmuseum Puts All 400 Rembrandts It Owns on Display for the First Time

If you've wanted to see some Rembrandts, as most every art lover has, you've wanted to go to the Rijksmuseum. The jewel in the crown of the Netherlands' most popular museum must surely be Rembrandt's masterpiece The Night Watch, whose latest restoration will stream live this summer. But Rembrandt enthusiasts planning their first trip to the Rijksmuseum only after the completion of that restoration may want to reconsider, given that between now and June, they can see not just some Rembran...
Tags: Google, Art, College, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Smithsonian, Rembrandt, First Time, Rijksmuseum, Facebook Twitter, 21st Century Los Angeles, Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian Artnet Related Content, Masterpiece Rembrandt


Art Acne: When Paintings Develop Pimples

“These are happening on works of art throughout the generations — since oil paint was created,” says a Smithsonian conservator. They’ve appeared on paintings ranging from Rembrandt to van Gogh to Chagall to O’Keeffe. Turns out they’re made of soap — and no, that’s not because anyone has tried to wash the canvases. – Smithsonian Magazine
Tags: Art, Smithsonian, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Visual, Keeffe, Chagall, 02.22.19


How the Mona Lisa Went From Being Barely Known, to Suddenly the Most Famous Painting in the World (1911)

Is the Mona Lisa really “ten times better than every other painting”? No one seriously believes this, and how would anyone measure such a thing? There may be no such critical scale, but there is a popular one. The Louvre, where the famous Leonardo da Vinci—maybe the most famous painting of all time—hangs, says that 80 percent of its visitors come just to see the Mona Lisa. Her enigmatic smile adorns merchandise the world wide. Books, essays, documentaries, songs, coffee mugs—hers may be ...
Tags: Google, Art, College, Smithsonian, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Npr, Vox, Napoleon, Louvre, Mona Lisa, Facebook Twitter, Da Vinci, Paducah, Leonardo da Vinci, Josh Jones


Were The Arts Impacted By The American Government Shutdown?

Bob Lynch tries To Add it up: “A specific example of the chilling effect of the shutdown’s impact on arts organizations and local businesses comes again from the Smithsonian, which reportedly lost $1.5 million in revenue during the first 10 days of the shutdown. According to the Secretary of the Smithsonian David Skorton, the roughly $1 million a week that the institution lost is unrecoverable and will have long-term impact.” – Americans For The Arts
Tags: Art, Smithsonian, Issues, Bob Lynch, David Skorton, 02.14.19


Smithsonian Secretary Calls for End to Shutdown in Open Letter

An open letter in USA Today from David J. Skorton, the secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, has called for an end to the government shutdown, noting that the closures cost the institution $1 million a week.  “Most important from a humanitarian perspective is the effect of loss of salary on our more than 4,000 furloughed employees,” he says.  […]
Tags: Art, News, Smithsonian, Usa Today, Art News, Minipost, Smithsonian Institution, David J Skorton


U.S. Government Shutdown Could Torpedo Tintoretto Show At National Gallery

“The exhibition of 16th-century Italian master Tintoretto — one of the most anticipated art shows of the year — is set to open March 10, along with two complementary exhibits on Venetian prints and drawings. Preparations for the shows are weeks behind schedule because of the prolonged shutdown, the longest in history.” Three other Smithsonian museums have already had to postpone exhibitions due to the shutdown. — The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Smithsonian, National Gallery, Visual, 01.23.19


Andy Warhol Foundation to Give $100,000 to Smithsonian, Ending Ban

The Andy Warhol Foundation will give $100,000 to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian for a traveling Oscar Howe retrospective, ending an eight-year funding ban originally installed after the Smithsonian removed a David Wojnarowicz work from a show in 2010.  “We believe that the ban has had its intended effect of promoting freedom of artistic expression at […]
Tags: Art, News, Smithsonian, Andy Warhol, Art News, Minipost, National Museum, Andy Warhol Foundation, David Wojnarowicz, Oscar Howe


Smithsonian Pandemonium: Skorton Leaves, Museums Shuttered

It’s been a bad-news month for the Smithsonian: On Dec. 20, Secretary David Skorton — arguably the most successful, least embattled Smithsonian leader in recent memory — announced he’d be leaving his Smithsonian post in June. Just two days after this bombshell, the federal government shutdown began. — Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Smithsonian, Ajblogs, Skorton, David Skorton, 01.08.19


Hirshhorn Board Chair Comments on Shutdown

Hirshhorn Museum Board Chair Daniel Sallick has commented on the closure of the Smithsonian during the shutdown as a look at a “life without some of our essential culture.” “The lesson we kept returning to at the end of the day is that the public wants and needs our government to work,” he says.  “And that applies […]
Tags: Art, News, Smithsonian, Art News, Minipost, Daniel Sallick, Hirshhorn Museum Board Chair


National Gallery of Art Closes Due to Shutdown

The latest victim of the US Government shutdown, the National Gallery of Art has shuttered, one day after the Smithsonian network of musuems, which includes the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden closed due to lack of funds. Read more at Art News
Tags: Art, News, US, Smithsonian, National Gallery, Art News, Minipost, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art


Public Domain Day Is Finally Here!: Copyrighted Works Have Entered the Public Domain Today for the First Time in 21 Years

Earlier this year we informed readers that thousands of works of art and entertainment would soon enter the public domain—to be followed every year by thousands more. That day is nigh upon us: Public Domain Day, January 1, 2019. At the stroke of midnight, such beloved classics as Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and “Yes! We Have No Bananas” will become the common property of the people, to be quoted at length or in full anywhere when the copyright expires on work produced ...
Tags: Google, Art, Film, College, History, Creativity, Atlantic, Winston Churchill, Smithsonian, Literature, James Joyce, Walt Disney, Virginia Woolf, Harlem, First Time, Mickey Mouse


Public Domain Day Is Coming: On January 1st, 2019, Copyrighted Works Will Enter the Public Domain for the First Time in 21 Years

Earlier this year we informed readers that thousands of works of art and entertainment would soon enter the public domain—to be followed every year by thousands more. That day is nigh upon us: Public Domain Day, January 1, 2019. At the stroke of midnight, such beloved classics as Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and “Yes! We Have No Bananas” will become the common property of the people, to be quoted at length or in full anywhere when the copyright expires on work produced ...
Tags: Google, Art, Film, College, History, Creativity, Atlantic, Winston Churchill, Smithsonian, Literature, James Joyce, Walt Disney, Virginia Woolf, Harlem, First Time, Mickey Mouse


Smithsonian’s Chief To Step Down After Only 3½ Years

David J. Skorton, who became secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in July of 2015, is leaving in June to become president of the Association of American Medical Colleges. A cardiologist by trade, he said of his decision that “the possibility of trying to contribute something to the national challenges of health care is important to me.” — The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Smithsonian, Issues, Smithsonian Institution, Association of American Medical Colleges, David J Skorton, 12.20.18


Brazil’s National Museum Ends Its Worst Year Ever With Some Good News, Thanks To Google And The Smithsonian

Google Arts & Culture has just opened a virtual recreation of the pre-fire museum, which was completely destroyed in a fire in September. In addition, the Smithsonian has launched a program that will let 14 displaced researchers continue their work with residencies at the National Museum of Natural History and the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. — The Art Newspaper
Tags: Google, Art, Smithsonian, Brazil, Visual, National Museum of Natural History, Google Arts Culture, 12.17.18


Smithsonian’s National Gallery Of Art Names New Director, First Woman To Hold Post

“Kaywin Feldman, 52, who has been director and president of the Minneapolis Institute of Art since 2008, will succeed Earl ‘Rusty’ Powell III, who is retiring after 26 years. She is credited with doubling the Minneapolis museum’s attendance, improving its digital reach and strengthening its connection to the community through initiatives on equity and social justice.” — The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Minneapolis, Smithsonian, Minneapolis Institute Of Art, Visual, Kaywin Feldman, 12.11.18, Earl Rusty Powell III


While The Smithsonian’s Popular Museums Get The Cash, The Poor Old Castle Desperately Needs A Renovation

“The Castle was a jewel in its heyday, but it has been falling into disrepair for years and is now mainly an office building, providing space for about 200 employees. … Last year, there was an electrical fire; the year before that, stones fell off its exterior. And this fall, an outbreak of mold — not the first — forced the evacuation of more than 30 employees. … Meanwhile, the institution has focused on dozens of other projects at its 19 museums, research centers and zoo,” including several ren...
Tags: Art, Smithsonian, Visual, 12.05.18


British Doctors To Prescribe Arts & Culture to Patients: “The Arts Are Essential to our Health and Wellbeing”

Photo by Adam Jones, via Wikimedia Commons The arts and humanities are afterthoughts in many American schools, rarely given priority as part of a comprehensive education, though they formed the basis of one for thousands of years elsewhere. One might say something similar of preventative medicine in the U.S. healthcare system. It’s tempting to idealize the priorities of other wealthy countries. The Japanese investment in “forest bathing,” for example, comes to mind, or Finnish public schools an...
Tags: Health, Google, Art, UK, College, France, Life, Canada, NHS, Smithsonian, Baltimore, Facebook Twitter, Adam Jones, Rolling Stones, Hancock, Royal Philharmonic


Inventor Of 3D-Printed Violin Talks About How And Why She Did It

“Kaitlyn Hova is many things: a violinist, a web developer, a designer, a composer and a neuroscientist. And it was the blurring of these interests that bore a clear and clever idea. … Hova and her husband, who cofounded Hova Labs, have developed the Hovalin, an open source, 3-D printable acoustic violin.” Here is an excerpt from her Q&A and demonstration at last year’s Long Conversation at the Smithsonian. (video)
Tags: Art, Music, Smithsonian, Hova, 11.07.18, Kaitlyn Hova


Museums Are Now Using AI To Engage And Manage Visitors

“Artificial intelligence is increasingly being used today by museums of all sizes worldwide, which employ it to develop everything from robots, chatbots and websites, to tools that help them analyze visitor data and their collections, and determine admission policies and exhibition content.” One notable example, a fleet of robots, called Pepper, used by five Smithsonian museums to interact with visitors.
Tags: Art, Smithsonian, Audience, Visual, 10.25.18


Sandra Day O’Connor, first woman on U.S. Supreme Court, has dementia

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was the first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.She was a deciding vote on a number of cases that came before the court.Watch her interview from 2015 about her upbringing and desire to see more women in all parts of government. None In a letter to The New York Times, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor revealed that she has dementia—likely, Alzheimer's—and is withdrawing from public life. "Since many people have asked about my current status and activities, I want to b...
Tags: Health, Art, Portrait, Video, Politics, Justice, Supreme Court, Congress, Women, History, Woman, United States, Ronald Reagan, New York Times, Innovation, Smithsonian


Smithsonian To Go Ahead With This Weekend’s Saudi-Sponsored Festival Despite Khashoggi Disappearance

“Saudi Aramco donated $175,000 for the Arab Culture Weekend and other family programs at the Freer and Sackler galleries, the Smithsonian’s Asian art museums. The event opens amid an international backlash against Saudi leaders following the Oct. 2 disappearance and alleged killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The writer was last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.”
Tags: Art, Smithsonian, Issues, Saudi Aramco, Sackler, Jamal Khashoggi, 10.16.18


Explore an Interactive, Online Version of Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours, a 200-Year-Old Guide to the Colors of the Natural World

In a post earlier this year, we brought to your attention Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours. Used by artists and naturalists alike, the guide originally relied on written description alone, without any color to be found among its pages. Instead, in the late eighteenth century, German mineralogist Abraham Gottlob Werner painstakingly detailed the qualities of the 110 colors he surveyed, by reference to where they might be found on animals, vegetables, and minerals. The color “Pearl Gray,” for exa...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, Science, Biology, College, Smithsonian, Charles Darwin, Fast Company, Galapagos Islands, Lewis, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Goethe, Werner, Daniel Lewis


The Hieronymus Bosch Demon Bird Was Spotted Riding the New York City Subway the Other Day…

To me, the great promise of homeschooling is that one day your child might, on their own initiative, ride the New York City subways dressed in a homemade, needlefelted costume modeled on the ice-skating bird messenger from Hieronymus Bosch’s The Temptation of St. Anthony. Rae Stimson, aka Rae Swon, a Brooklyn-based artist who did just that a little over a week ago, describes her upbringing thusly: Growing up I was home schooled in the countryside by my mom who is a sculptor and my dad who is ...
Tags: Google, Art, Comedy, Etsy, College, Life, New York City, Creativity, Brooklyn, Smithsonian, Rockefeller Center, Anthony, Joyce Carol Oates, Bosch, Priscilla Frank, Facebook Twitter


The Hieronymus Bosch Demon Bird Caught Was Spotted Riding the New York City Subway the Other Day…

To me, the great promise of homeschooling is that one day your child might, on their own initiative, ride the New York City subways dressed in a homemade, needlefelted costume modeled on the ice-skating bird messenger from Hieronymus Bosch’s The Temptation of St. Anthony. Rae Stimson, aka Rae Swon, a Brooklyn-based artist who did just that a little over a week ago, describes her upbringing thusly: Growing up I was home schooled in the countryside by my mom who is a sculptor and my dad who is ...
Tags: Google, Art, Comedy, Etsy, College, Life, New York City, Creativity, Brooklyn, Smithsonian, Rockefeller Center, Anthony, Joyce Carol Oates, Bosch, Priscilla Frank, Facebook Twitter


A Major Donation Of Art Elevates The Hirshhorn Collection

The Washington couple has decided to donate its Duchamp art to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, where the works will raise the profile of the Smithsonian modern art museum. “This is the art world equivalent of the Wizards getting LeBron James,” said Hirshhorn board chairman Daniel Sallick. “Any museum in the world would want this collection.”
Tags: Art, Washington, Smithsonian, James, Visual, Duchamp, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 08.05.18, Daniel Sallick


DC’s African American Museum Opens Admission WIthout Reservations

Visitors began lining up before 8 a.m. on the last day of the holiday weekend, which was the first of the museum’s September Walk-up Weekdays. Several hundred were waiting when the doors to the Smithsonian’s newest venue opened at 10 a.m.
Tags: Art, Smithsonian, Dc, Visual, 09.03.18



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