Posts Tagged ‘g. wayne clough’

The Dangerous Precedent of the Smithsonian’s Support for Bill Cosby

Plus: A Smithsonian website user tagged a Cosby portrait with "rapist."

The Smithsonian’s Next Secretary Plays Jazz Flute

Cornell University President Dr. David Skorton will become the 13th secretary of the Smithsonian, the institution announced today. Skornton, a medical professor and cardiologist, will begin the post in June 2015, succeeding G. Wayne Clough, the controversial Smithsonian secretary who last year announced his retirement. Clough's term will end at the close of this year.
Skorton will inherit a [...]

Smithsonian Won’t Reopen Arts and Industries Building

The Smithsonian's Arts and Industries building on the National Mall will remain closed for the foreseeable future, the institution announced yesterday. Secretary G. Wayne Clough says the Smithsonian cannot afford to reopen the 133-year-old building, which has been closed for renovations since 2004. The facility was originally expected to reopen this summer.
A statement reads, "After [...]

Wayne’s World: Should G. Wayne Clough Be Remembered as a Technocrat, a Censor, or Both?

Best of Both Worlds is a funny coda to G. Wayne Clough’s six-year stint as Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. His recent e-book, released in August, is a treatise on museums, a subject that would seem to tap his experience as governor along the National Mall. Yet it also draws attention to his greatest failure [...]

Arts Roundup: Pacman and Peso Edition

Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough announces he'll retire in 2014. [Arts Desk]
Helen Hayes Awards to be split into two tiers. [Arts Desk]
Local theater leaders react to the Helen Hayes reforms. [D.C. Theatre Scene]
Read this: Monica Hesse digs deep into a local guy's plans to send a pair of local rappers, Pacman and Peso, to North [...]

Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough Announces 2014 Retirement

Secretary of the Smithsonian G. Wayne Clough will retire in October 2014 after six years there, the institution announced this morning. He has held the position since July 2008, when he succeeded Acting Secretary Cristián Samper.
Clough has presided over a great period of growth for the Smithsonian, a trend that has run counter to the broader [...]

Arts Roundup: George W. Bush’s Cat Fancy Edition

Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough publishes an e-book about the importance and challenges of digitization. [Post]
Sonic Circuits Festival expands, and needs a lot of money to do it. [D.C. Music Download]
George W. Bush, painter, enters his cat period. [Gawker]
Phil Kennicott on the challenges facing orchestras [New Republic]
ICYMI: David Werner, a former member of political-satire group [...]

Popping Bottles or Popping Bubbles: May Countdown for the Hirshhorn

May has seen its share of inflatable art projects. The artist Christo completed Big Air Package, designed by Christo and Jeanne-Claude for the gasometer in Oberhausen, Germany. It's not the artists' first large inflatable, or even the artists' first project for the Oberhausen gasometer, but it's the world's largest inflated envelope. Flortijn Hofman's Rubber Duck [...]

Sequestration Temporarily Closes Parts of Hirshhorn, African Art Museum, and Smithsonian Castle

Today, the Smithsonian announced that some parts of the Hirshhorn, the National Museum of African Art, and the Smithsonian Castle will temporarily close beginning Wednesday. The closures, which will last until Sept. 30, come as a consequence of the sweeping federal budget cuts known as sequestration.
Before today, the Smithsonian would only say that some unspecified [...]

Smithsonian Doesn’t Know Which Art Galleries Will Close Due to Sequestration

Ask spokespeople at any Smithsonian art museum whether they're planning to temporarily close galleries due to sequestration, and chances are, they'll say the same thing: "We don't know."
That's all I heard when I called every press representative at every Smithsonian art museum in D.C. this afternoon. No one knows specifics yet—but they're preparing for looming [...]