Posts Tagged ‘smithsonian institution’

No Hirshhorn Bubble. Now What?

With some of its gallery space closed as a result of the sequester, its director on the way out, its ambitious project for a temporary architectural pavilion scrapped, and its staff and board suffering vacancies that will be difficult to fill, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is at low tide.
Now the Smithsonian begins the [...]

Smithsonian Scraps the Hirshhorn Bubble

The Bubble project has been officially canceled by the Smithsonian Institution. Officials are expected to announce soon that the long effort to build a temporary inflatable architecture pavilion inside the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has come to an end.
A source with close knowledge of the decision says Smithsonian Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture [...]

As Hirshhorn Bubble Deadline Nears, Smithsonian Still Testing Its Feasibility

It's go time at the Hirshhorn Museum. With the museum's self-imposed spring deadline for committing to building the Bloomberg Balloon just months away, last Thursday the museum's board of trustees met to discuss, among other topics, the seasonal addition's fate. In the run-up to the meeting, the board identified consultants to perform a fundraising feasibility [...]

Today: A Tree Blows Up on the National Mall

In what may be one of the first planned explosions on the National Mall, Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang is expected to blow up a 40-foot pine tree this afternoon in honor of the Sackler Gallery’s 25th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the Art in Embassies program.
Using 2,000 firework-like explosives, Guo-Qiang will take the pine [...]

Smithsonian Releases Images From Its “Seriously Amazing” Campaign

The Smithsonian has a youth problem. Today, the institution launched a national ad campaign it hopes will change that.
After conducting extensive research—a national survey of 1,200 adults, focus groups, interviews with people in target demographics, etc.—the Smithsonian discovered that most people they surveyed (89 percent) were aware of the institution, but people ages 18-24 were [...]

Enter Through the Gift Shop: Why the Hirshhorn’s Spectacle Strategy Is a Problem

In 2006, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden invited John Baldessari to curate a show in the museum’s basement, drawing from its permanent collection.
They could not have known what terrible things the pioneering conceptual artist would do to it. Baldessari took two of the museum’s most familiar contemporary pieces—Bruce Nauman’s “From Hand to Mouth” and Joseph [...]

Arts Roundup: Pretend-Land Washington Edition

Capital Girls, the first in a trilogy about rich and connected babes doing Washington-y things in pretend-land Washington, lands on shelves today. Don't all hit Barnes & Noble at once. [Post]
Washingtonian speaks with artist Kathryn Cornelius about her plan to marry and divorce seven people at the Corcoran this weekend. "I’m just hoping the piece [...]

Arts Roundup: Frida Kahlo Edition

A Win for Rosslyn: Artisphere has announced the exciting U.S. premiere of photographs from the collection of iconic Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Upon Kahlo's death in 1954, thousands of her photographs and personal items were sealed and stowed away. They remained in storage until the stash was cracked open in 2007. From [...]

Clough Releases Statement on Wojnarowicz Controversy. But Why Call It a Controversy?

Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution G. Wayne Clough released a statement today addressing his decision last month to pull a video from the National Portrait Gallery's "Hide/Seek" exhibit. Read the full statement below.
But first, some notes! My persistent position on this issue is that it was not a controversy. There were not two sides engaged [...]

Should Smithsonian Secretary Clough Go?

Philip Kennicott says yes. In an impassioned essay for the Washington Post, Kennicott calls for the resignation of Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Wayne Clough, arguing that his official decision to remove a video work by David Wojnarowicz from the National Portrait Gallery earlier this month rolled back on the progress of Smithsonian museums and [...]