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Museum Attendance Under the Beyoncé Effect

With Art Newspaper’s annual international survey, Art’s Most Popular, to be published this week, details are already emerging about a milestone year in attendance. The Louvre saw more than a quarter more visitor than in previous years—a boost attributed to the Beyoncé and Jay-Z music video “Apeshit.” Elsewhere, the Tate Modern surpassed the British Museum for the first time in nine years. Portraits of President and …
Tags: Art, Design, Beyonce, Culture, Museums, Smithsonian, Tate Modern, Jay, Galleries, Louvre, Linkaboutit, Art Culture

Does Playing Music for Cheese During the Aging Process Change Its Flavor? Researchers Find That Hip Hop Makes It Smellier, and Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” Makes It Milder

Humans began making cheese seven millennia ago: plenty of time to develop an enormous variety of textures, flavors, and smells, and certainly more than enough to get creative about the methods of generating even greater variety. But it seems to have taken all that time for us to come around to the potential of music as a flavoring agent. "Exposing cheese to round-the-clock music could give it more flavor and hip hop might be better than Mozart," report Reuters' Denis Balibouse and Cecile...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Food & Drink, Smithsonian, Seoul, Leo Tolstoy, Mozart, Reuters, Zeppelin, Facebook Twitter, Cecile Mantovani, Colin Marshall, Mantovani, Denis Balibouse, Jason Daley

Why the Smithsonian Chose to Enshrine ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Servant Costume

The iconic red-caped, white-bonneted outfits worn by Elisabeth Moss and the other childbearing servants in Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” created by costume designer Ane Crabtree, have become that show’s signature visual.  Hulu immediately knew it had a good thing, hiring groups of women around the country to parade in the garments to promote the show. […]
Tags: Artisans, Production, Smithsonian, Hulu, Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid's Tale, Ane Crabtree, Smithsonian Chose to Enshrine ` Handmaid

University of Pittsburgh Students Resurrect The Magnavox Odyssey

Students at the University of Pittsburgh’s Vibrant Media Lab are re-engineering the Magnavox Odyssey, the first-ever commercial home video game console released in 1972. About 350,000 Magnavox Odyssey units were ever sold, according to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The OdysseyNow Project aims to recreate the console and reconnect it to its original […]
Tags: News, Smithsonian, Magnavox Odyssey, University of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh s Vibrant Media Lab

Travel News: March 18, 2019

Exodus Travels Launches Luxury Adventure Collection Travel Pulse Leading small-group tour operator Exodus Travels has launched a new Luxury Adventure Collection that will take travelers to the farthest reaches of the planet in high style. Whether it’s soaking in a hot tub on a Galapagos Island Voyage or sipping on a glass of bubbly after a Big Five safari in East Africa, each trip in the collection combines the intrepid nature of adventure abroad with the extravagance of a five-star getaway.   ...
Tags: Travel, Egypt, Hawaii, Smithsonian, National Mall, Oakland, Southwest Airlines, Sharm, Southwest, News And Deals, North Africa, East Africa, Honolulu, Oakland California, David Ige, Galapagos Island

Travel ID Driver’s License Deadline Looms for TSA Airport Security

Coming Soon: A Valid Travel ID Driver’s License or a Federally Issued Passport Will be Required to Fly Domestically We have discussed this issue quite a bit over the past few years.  But now that most states are compliant or have waivers from the federal government toward compliance, it seems that a final deadline just might be in the offing. Here the latest from the Homeland Security on this issue: “Starting October 1, 2020, every state and territory resident will need to present a REAL ID com...
Tags: Travel, Blog, United States, Arizona, Smithsonian, Homeland Security, Tsa, Travel News, Travel News & Tips, Roaming Boomers Travel Services, TSA Airport Security

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

Smithsonian's superhero collection via their catalog

This site seems to have gone up in honor of Stan Lee although much of it has nothing to do with his work - Excelsior! Super Superheroes Explore items in our collections related to superheroes, including comic books, original comic art, movie and television costumes and props, and memorabilia.- a surprise is a John Byrne and Jerry Ordway drawing of Superman in the National Portrait Gallery. It came as part of a collection of Time ...
Tags: Comics, Smithsonian, Time Magazine, Stan Lee, John Byrne, Mike Rhode, Jerry Ordway

Bacteria in frog skin may help fight fungal infections in humans

Scientists at the Smithsonian and INDICASAT in Panama explored the compounds produced by frog skin bacteria as potential novel antifungal sources for the benefit of humans and amphibians.
Tags: Science, Smithsonian, Panama

Shorties (The Greatest TV Literary Adaptations of All Time, Jamie Stewart on the New Xiu Xiu Album, and more)

Literary Hub ranked the greatest literary television adaptations. Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart discussed the band's new album Girl with Basket of Fruit with PopMatters. February's best eBook deals. Stream a new Kevin Morby song. Oprah Magazine recommended groundbreaking Toni Morrison books to read. Stream a new song by Sinkane. Thrillist listed the best comics and graphic novels of 2019 (so far). Paste listed the best breakup albums of all time. Contributors to The Good Im...
Tags: Music, Mexico, David, Smithsonian, Toni Morrison, Townes Van Zandt, Kevin Morby, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Jeff Parker, Guernica, NPR Music, Xiu Xiu, Oprah Magazine, Sam Lipsyte, Blake Fusilier, Jamie Stewart

The British Library Digitizes Its Collection of Obscene Books (1658-1940)

Many people are cheated out of an authentic education in English literature because of a longstanding puritanical approach to its curation. One might spend a lifetime reading the traditional canon without ever, for example, learning much about the long history of popular pornographic British writing, a genre that flourished in the 18th and 19th centuries as the popularity of the novel exploded. Everyone knows the Marquis de Sade, even if they haven’t read him, not least because he lent his name...
Tags: Google, Books, College, Smithsonian, Literature, Smith, British Library, Oscar Wilde, Gale, Facebook Twitter, Pamela, Richardson, Henry Fielding, Justine, Voltaire, Josh Jones

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

PR: 4/26 – 4/28: AWESOME CON 2019

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact: Kathryn DeGeller Linda Roth Associates, Inc. [email protected] 202-888-3570 4/26 – 4/28: AWESOME CON 2019   Washington, D.C. (February 26, 2019) – The seventh annual Awesome Con by LeftField Media, the Mid-Atlantic's premier pop culture convention, will unite 80,000 fans of comics, technology and science, television and film, custom art, over-the-top cosplay, and more at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from Friday, Apr...
Tags: Comics, Washington, Washington Dc, Portland, Smithsonian, Crunchyroll, Alley, Walter, Matt Smith, Morty, Rick, Mid Atlantic, Walter E Washington Convention Center, McFadden, Riverdale, IDW

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

Malkin’s Handy History of Fake Noose

Opinion Malkin's Handy History of Fake Noose USA – -( Is it any wonder that American news consumers are at the end of their ropes of patience with the “mainstream media”? Three weeks ago, when I first documented troubling questions, contradictions and doubts about Trump-hating, attention-craving actor Jussie Smollett's absurd hate crime claims, few in the “professional” journalism herd paid heed. Now, with a grand jury investigation on the horizon, everyone's a Johnny-come-la...
Tags: Guns, Yahoo, Abc, America, Gop, Smithsonian, Columbia University, Npr, Good Morning America, Naacp, Columbia, Trump, Jussie Smollett, U S Senate, MSU, Johnny

The history of the margarita

No drink can bring the same energy to a crowd of people like a margarita. The bright and balanced drink hits all the right levels of sweet, sour, salty, and boozy. It’s the most-loved cocktail in the US, according to a Nielsen survey, and it has been since Nielsen started polling bargoers on cocktails in 2016. The margarita has, in nearly every metric, taken over America. It’s also been bastardized beyond belief. A classic margarita is made with two ounces of blanco tequila, one and a half o...
Tags: Travel, Texas, Mexico, New York City, US, America, Hilton, Smithsonian, Dallas, Nielsen, Santa Fe, King, Mariano, All, Lee, Martinez

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

Quentin Tarantino Joins Wes Anderson for ‘Isle of Reservoir Dogs’

“Are you gonna bark all day, little doggie, or are you gonna bite?” Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs) and Wes Anderson (Isle of Dogs) link up for the kind of heist movie that we really want to see right now: a stop-motion crime drama remix that combines Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs and Anderson’s Isle of Dogs into The Isle of Reservoir Dogs. Six dogs with pseudonyms, and each forced to overcome their instinct of stranger danger on an island trash heap, try to carry out the perfect robbery o...
Tags: Wes Anderson, Harvey Weinstein, Humor, Smithsonian, Quentin Tarantino, Anna Wintour, Samuel L Jackson, Anderson, Tarantino, Reservoir Dogs, Isle of Dogs, Quentin Tarantino Reservoir Dogs, Booyapictures, Wes Anderson Isle of Dogs

Social-Justice Hucksters and the Dumb, Blind Media

Is it any wonder that American news consumers are at the end of their ropes of patience with the “mainstream media”?Three weeks ago, when I first documented troubling questions, contradictions, and doubts about Trump-hating, attention-craving actor Jussie Smollett’s absurd hate-crime claims, few in the “professional” journalism herd paid heed. Now, with a grand-jury investigation on the horizon, everyone’s a Johnny-come-lately debunker.And everyone’s making excuses: How could we have known? Why ...
Tags: New York Post, News, Yahoo, Abc, America, Gop, Smithsonian, Columbia University, Npr, Good Morning America, Naacp, Columbia, Trump, Jussie Smollett, U S Senate, MSU

History of Landscapes Starts with Stonehenge. Really.

As threatened  promised, I’m blogging the History of Landscape course I’m taking at the University of Maryland, and here’s my first post. The (fabulous) teacher I’ll be quoting is Caren Yglesias. Interestingly to me, when I tell people I’m taking a class in landscape history I get questions like – does it start with Olmsted? English gardens? I love answering that it actually starts with Stonehenge because of the look of bewilderment on their faces. So what IS a landscape, anyway? Wikipedia say...
Tags: Gardening, Maryland, Wikipedia, Iraq, New York City, Iran, Egypt, Smithsonian, National Mall, Tricks, Designs, Public Gardens, Alhambra, Smithsonian Institution, Washington Irving, Islamic Garden

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

539 Boeing 747 First Flight

We mark the 50th anniversary of the first flight of the Boeing 747 with a member of that flight test team, now a docent at The Museum of Flight in Seattle. Also, the NTSB Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements, the last commercial flight of the Boeing 727, Airbnb may be doing something with air travel, SFO’s new outdoor observation deck, two Virgin Galactic pilots earn astronaut wings, and the Collier Trophy nominees list is released. Boeing 747 ceremony, courtesy The Museum of ...
Tags: Washington, Customer Service, Nasa, Museum, Virgin Galactic, Smithsonian, John F Kennedy, Aviation, Airbnb, Red Bull, Sfo, Seattle, Faa, Boeing, United, Department Of Transportation

Virgin Galactic donates record-breaking SpaceShipTwo rocket to the Smithsonian

Private space company Virgin Galactic recently donated the record-breaking rocket motor of SpaceShipTwo — aka VSS Unity — to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. The post Virgin Galactic donates record-breaking SpaceShipTwo rocket to the Smithsonian appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Washington, Trends, Virgin Galactic, Smithsonian, Spaceshiptwo, Rocket, Emerging Tech, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, VSS Unity

The “Slave Bible” Removed Key Biblical Passages In Order to Legitimize Slavery & Discourage a Slave Rebellion (1807)

Photo via the Museum of the Bible In an 1846 speech to the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society, Frederick Douglass summed up the twisted bond between slavery and religion in the U.S. He began with a short summary of atrocities that were legal, even encouraged, against enslaved people in Virginia and Maryland, including hanging, beheading, drawing and quartering, rape, “and this is not the worst.” He then made his case: No, a darker feature is yet to be presented than the mere existence of ...
Tags: Google, Books, UK, Maryland, College, Virginia, Israel, Religion, America, History, Atlantic, Egypt, Washington Dc, Smithsonian, Npr, Caribbean

The “Slave Bible” That Removed Key Passages Thought to Justify Rebellion, or Call Slavery Into Question (1807)

Photo via the Museum of the Bible In an 1846 speech to the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society, Frederick Douglass summed up the twisted bond between slavery and religion in the U.S. He began with a short summary of atrocities that were legal, even encouraged, against enslaved people in Virginia and Maryland, including hanging, beheading, drawing and quartering, rape, “and this is not the worst.” He then made his case: No, a darker feature is yet to be presented than the mere existence of ...
Tags: Google, Books, UK, Maryland, College, Virginia, Israel, Religion, America, History, Atlantic, Britain, Egypt, Washington Dc, Smithsonian, Npr

Senegal's Stunning Gold Jewelry ... And The Controversial Women Who Wore It

An exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art highlights intricate gold work that nearly disappeared — as well as its past ties to a morally complicated group of powerful women.(Image credit: Fabrice Monteiro/Mariane Ibrahim Gallery )
Tags: News, Senegal, Smithsonian

The Johnstown Flood in the Potomac Watershed

The idea that the Pennsylvania Johnstown Flood of 1889 wiped out major bridges along the Monocacy River got me researching the extent of the damage.For those looking for a little background via way of this blog circa 2005:The United States is a very young nation, and much of the Western U.S. was nearly devoid of people only 150 years ago. That said, Americans are industrious and the construction of small ponds and large lakes for water storage and ice-making naturally led to increased still-w...
Tags: Maryland, Washington, Virginia, Pets, America, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, United States, Smithsonian, Catholic Church, North, Louisiana, Charles, Baltimore, Harper, Gettysburg