Posts Tagged ‘National Portrait Gallery’

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 [...]

Reviewed: “Mr. Lincoln’s Washington: A Civil War Portfolio” at the National Portrait Gallery

“Mr. Lincoln’s Washington: A Civil War Portfolio” documents the nation’s capital during the Civil War, focusing on the city itself more than its role as the Union’s seat of power. The National Portrait Gallery’s small exhibit offers a colorful look at a nearly primitive city 150 years ago; at the war’s outset, cows grazed on the [...]

Reviewed: Yousuf Karsh at the National Portrait Gallery

Yousuf Karsh, the Armenian-born Canadian photographer (1908-2002), was technically accomplished, but is sometimes considered overly deferential in his portrayals of the rich and powerful, often flattering them with dramatic stage lighting. A new exhibit of a few dozen of Karsh’s images at the National Portrait Gallery—the first of two sequential installations this year and next—alludes [...]

Arts Roundup: Priests Edition

"Hide/Seek" co-curator David Ward named National Portrait Gallery's senior historian. [Post]
The nomadic D.C. Jazz Loft series finds a new home at Union Arts. [Capital Bop]
Five guitar-based records that would make John Fahey proud [NPR]
If fame hadn't gotten in the way, Goldie Hawn might be running a dance studio in Maryland today. [Post]
Watch: D.C.'s Priests play [...]

E. Brady Robinson Is in Your Workspace, Photographing Your Desk

Photographer E. Brady Robinson is putting the finishing touches on Art Desks, a volume featuring 96 images of desks and working spaces of artists, curators, art dealers, critics, and "tastemakers" throughout the East Coast. She began working on the project in Washington in 2011.
Robinson splits her time between Washington and the University of Central Florida [...]