Posts Tagged ‘National Portrait Gallery’

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 [...]

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 [...]

Reviewed: Charles and Henry Meade at the National Portrait Gallery

In the history of American photography, Charles and Henry Meade aren't much more than footnotes.
The Meades were early practitioners of the first popular photographic technique, the daguerreotype; they opened a studio in 1842 in Albany, then moved eight years later to New York City, where the family continued to run a studio, using more modern [...]

ToDo ToDay: TIME Portraits and “Drums Along the Potomac”

For their newest exhibit, the National Portrait Gallery dug through their Time cover collection to showcase a selection of iconic works by portraitist Boris Chaliapin. The artist nicknamed “Mr. Time” created an astounding 413 cover portraits for Time from 1942 through 1970, making him the most prolific artist in the magazine’s stable.  The Smithsonian show emphasizes portraits [...]

Arts Roundup: More Public Art Edition

In his 2014-2019 Capital Improvement Plan, Mayor Vince Gray proposes a $2.3 million annual increase to public art budget. []
At the Hay-Adams, wannabe Corcoran chairman Wayne Reynolds makes his $10,000 pitch—and says the institution has a hush-hush deal with the University of Maryland. [Post]
Gold Leaf Studios' Mike Abrams opens his newest space, Union Arts. [D.C. [...]

Arts Roundup: Pleasing Pussy Edition

This week in shirtless Fat Trel interviews: Trel talks to DJ Heat about striking tentative deals with Master P, recording in California, "pleasing pussy," not marrying anyone except a millionaire, etc. Basically: watch this. [YouTube]
National Portrait Gallery hires a new director: Kim Sajet, president of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania [Post]
A psychiatrist in New Jersey got an annual stipend [...]

Smithsonian Sticking With Secretary G. Wayne Clough

Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough won't be leaving his position anytime soon, top Smithsonian executives announced after a meeting of the institution's Board of Regents today. Clough was first appointed in July 2008—and contrary to what some outlets have reported, he's not at the end of a five-year term.
"I serve at the pleasure of the Board of [...]

Exploring Lincoln Schatz’s “The Network,” Now at the National Portrait Gallery

In this town, getting a bunch of politicians and Washington insiders to agree on anything presents a challenge—even when it comes to art. Getting them to be in the art, well, that doesn't seem as difficult.
Tuesday, the National Portrait Gallery unveiled a new addition to its permanent collection, The Network, a recent work by video [...]

Openings: Chuck Close and “The Civil War and American Art”

What's new this weekend in local arts.
Get out and absorb a little art before the countdown to Thanksgiving face-cramming begins. A couple of must-see shows are opening this weekend.
Today at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, an exhibit opens that shows how famous American artists of the time period represented the Civil War and its aftermath. [...]

ToDo ToDay: Amelia Earhart’s Celebrity

On the 75th anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance, the National Portrait Gallery is prepared for her arrival. A one-room exhibition, opening June 29, features a video about the record-setting pilot and 35 objects borrowed from the National Air and Space Museum, Library of Congress, Purdue University, Radcliffe College, and private collections. “I believe the argument [...]