Posts Tagged ‘Smithsonian’

Lessons for the Next Secretary of the Smithsonian

This week, the Smithsonian Board of Regents elected Cornell University President, licensed cardiologist, and jazz flautist Dr. David Skorton to be the institution’s next secretary. Speaking to press, Skorton was coy about his plans, though he’s surely aware of the progress he’ll need to continue—the strong fundraising and attendance of recent years and ongoing digitization of the Smithsonian’s collections—as well [...]

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 [...]

Arts Roundup: The Big Breakup Edition

University of Maryland surprised and dismayed by collapse of plans to team up with Corcoran. [Arts Desk]
Corcoran's staff, students, and faculty also surprised by the news. [Arts Desk]
Museum leaders say Corcoran dissolution was the best option at hand. [Post]
Matthew Hemerlein (Lo-Fang), interviewed. [New York Times]
Chris Brown trial date set for April. [AP]
Travis Jackson benny rescheduled. [...]

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: How You Doin’? Edition

Possible designs for Martin Luther King Jr. Library released. [Housing Complex]
Kennedy Center expansion OKed by feds. [AP]
Talk show host Wendy Williams donates her stuff to the Smithsonian. [AP]
An analysis of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's next season [Post]
Stomp dancers advise the Gallaudet Dance Company. [WJLA]
The Julie Ruin has a new music video [Pitchfork]
Relive The Beatles' 1964 concert at [...]

Arts Roundup: Last Exit to Brookland Edition

Lorde will headline Preakness InfieldFest. [Post]
Beatle hair: In 1964, uncool Washingtonians (and the Washington Post) hated it. Anyone surprised? [Post]
Eight things to know about The Beatles' first U.S. concert, which happened to take place here. [WBJ]
D.C. is America's most literate city, at least according to one ranking. [Post]
Brookland, rising arts district [East City Art]
An interview with the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Vitamin A: Fasting Buddha at Sackler Gallery

Yoga is now better known for its pants than its spiritual enlightenment. But yoga's 2,000-plus-year history has much more to do with transforming the mind, predominantly through meditation. In fact, the early yoga art on view in the Sackler Gallery exhibit closing this weekend depicts mostly meditation, and none can be more disturbing or enchanting as the [...]

Arts Roundup: Judy Chicago Edition

Budget deal omits Eisenhower memorial funding but restores Smithsonian's. [AP] [Post]
After a deep burn, Judy Chicago returns to D.C. [Post]
The Natural History Museum's Dinosaur Hall to close for five years. [Post]
Adrian Loving scores Michelle Obama's 50th birthday party. [Post]
Jay Z parties at Echostage after his Verizon Center show. [Post]

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