Posts Tagged ‘National Portrait Gallery’

Elizabeth Broun to Retire as Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery

Will leave at end of year

Arts Roundup: President Underwood Edition

Plus: Giant illuminated bunnies are coming to The Yard.

J.J. McCracken’s The Mouth of the Scold

Smithsonian National Portrait Galler, Great Hall, February 4, 2016.  Full photo gallery here.
J.J. McCracken performs "The Mouth of the Scold," a conceptual portrait of Anne Newport Royall of Capitol Hill, one of America’s first female journalists. Arrested in 1829 for arguing in public, Royall’s subsequent trial is part of a broader history of silencing, particularly [...]

Photos: Wilmer Wilson IV – Portrait with Hydrogen Peroxide Strips

Wilmer Wilson IV performing Portrait with Hydrogen Peroxide Strips, National Portrait Gallery, Oct. 10th.

Obama’s 3-D Printed Bust will Debut at the National Portrait Gallery

A 21st-century counterpart to Lincoln's life masks

Martin Sullivan, Former National Portrait Gallery Director, Dies at 70

Former National Portrait Gallery director Martin Sullivan has died, the Associated Press reports.
During Sullivan's tenure as director, the museum extended the purview of its commissioned portraits beyond those of American presidents and first ladies to include such figures as Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Alice Waters. Perhaps more importantly, under Sullivan's leadership, the National Portrait Gallery expanded the range of its [...]

Google Glass and Highly Edited American History Collide at Smithsonian

Artist and Google app collaborator David Datuna wants everyone to see what he sees in the American flag. That's why he's outfitted the ol' stars-and-stripes with hundreds of eyeglass lenses that come to life with images of American icons when viewed with Google Glass, the perversely expensive wearable technology that inspired the word "glasshole."
This is [...]

Arts Roundup: Turn! Turn! Turn! Edition

Folk musician and activist Pete Seeger, who once worked with Alan Lomax at the Library of Congress' Archive of Folk Song, is dead at 94. [Post, Smithsonian, Post, Spin]
National Portrait Gallery installs a photo of Seeger, on view indefinitely. [AP]
Woolly Mammoth's Stupid Fucking Bird dominates 2014 Helen Hayes nominations. [Arts Desk]
Introducing D.C.'s first Funk Parade. [DCist]
Studio Theatre [...]

The Art of the Steal: A Brief History of Museum Theft in D.C.

It’s no theft of the Mona Lisa, but the tale of the “flea market” Renoir was one of the best art-theft stories the D.C. area has seen in years—made irresistible by the fishy claims of a local woman who, saying she paid $7 for Renoir’s “On the Shore of the Seine” at a flea market [...]

ToDo ToDay: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Mr. Lincoln’s Washington

Think of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty as a movie version of those ubiquitous Metro ads advertising cheap flights from D.C. to Iceland. In this adaptation of James Thurber’s famous 1939 short story, Ben Stiller (who also directs) plays the eponymous hero, a shy photo editor at Life magazine who spends most of each [...]