Posts Tagged ‘Smithsonian’

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]

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 [...]

Arts Roundup: Unhand That Renoir! Edition

The not-actually-flea-market Renoir must return to the Baltimore Museum of Art, orders a federal judge. [Post]
More about the major Renwick Gallery renovation, which will close the museum for two years and install some technological upgrades, among other big changes. [Post]
Northeast Library scheduled to reopen Feb. 3. [Frozen Tropics]
Dismemberment Plan to play Coachella. [Stereogum]
Meet Marc Eisenberg, the [...]

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