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Njideka Akunyili Crosby Wins the 2014 James Dicke Contemporary Artist Award

4 hours agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is delighted to announce that Njideka Akunyili Crosby is the 2014 winner of our biennial James Dicke Contemporary Artist Prize. Akunyili Crosby was selected by an independent panel of jurors who wrote in their decision, "Her bold yet intimate paintings are among the most visually, conceptually, and technically exciting work being made today."

Painter Njideka Akunyili Crosby wins $25,000 American Art Museum prize

6 hours agoArts : Arts Post

“5 Umezebi Street, New Haven, Enugu” by Njidek Akunyili Crosby, the winner of the 2014 James Dicke Contemporary Artist Prize from the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Courtesy of Max Yawney). The Smithsonian American Art Museum has awarded the 2014 James Dicke Contemporary Artist Prize to Njideka Akunyili Crosby for her “bold yet intimate” paintings. Akunyili Crosby is […]

Smithsonian: Exhibiting Cosby Collection “Does Not Imply Any Position on the Serious Allegations”

6 hours agoArts : Hyperallergic

After last week's radio silence, the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art has released a new statement acknowledging the rape allegations against Bill Cosby.

Sorry, Sen. Rand Paul, You’re No Civil Rights Hero

If you’ve noticed all the construction happening on the National Mall lately, like me, you probably assumed it was for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Smithsonian Channel documentary ties past die-offs to atmospheric changes today

yesterdayHealth : The Checkup

At least five times in Earth’s history, mass extinctions have wiped out the vast majority of its plants and animals in a geological instant. In “Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink,” a new documentary, scientists explore which factors...Show More Summary

Smithsonian: Cosby Art Exhibition 'Does Not Imply Any Position'

"The exhibition is centrally about the artworks and the artists who created them." [ more › ]

DEA can’t kill ‘bath salts’ — but they’re not to blame for flesh-eating ‘drug zombies,’ scientists say

yesterdayNews : The Raw Story

The second generation of the designer drug known as “bath salts” are making their way across the United States, but as Smithsonian Magazine explains, that’s no reason to be concerned about a coming zombie apocalypse. In the summer of 2012, “bath salts” were suspected...

Building boom lifts city's culture biz

Even the pens handed to visitors will be cutting-edge when the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum reopens next month. Visitors can use the tech tools to draw shapes on special tables, and then... To view the full story, click the title link.

'The Traveler's Eye' at Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery envisions journeys through Asia

yesterdayArts : Artdaily

By transforming individual trips and anonymous places into iconic journeys and destinations, images depicting travel reveal and transform ideas about beauty, culture and tradition. Featuring more than 100 works created over five centuries, ?The Traveler?s Eye: Scenes of Asia,? at the Smithsonian?s Arthur M. Show More Summary

“Ask Smithsonian” Videos Answer Scientific Questions in Plain Language

If you or your kids have always wondered about a quirky scientific question, the Smithsonian might have the answer. A series of free videos on their web site asks some of life's most interesting questions. Read more...

DC Jobs: Smithsonian Magazine, United States Institute of Peace, Industry Dive

This week, Smithsonian Magazine is hiring a staff reporter, while United States Institute of Peace needs a senior writer/editor. Industry Drive is seeking a senior editor, and AARP is on the hunt for a brand copywriter. Get the scoop...Show More Summary

Smithsonian names George W. Bush and not Obama to ’100 most Significant Americans’ and no one cares

3 days agoNews : The Raw Story

This week, Smithsonian magazine asked its readers, “How much does Thomas Paine matter? More than Harriet Beecher Stowe? Less than Elvis? On a par with Dwight Eisenhower?” But curiously, the in-house magazine for the Smithsonian Institution decided that George W. Bush is a more...

From Idaho to the Smithsonian, the Journey of James Castle

3 days agoArts : Hyperallergic

In 1899, in the remote Idahoan village of Garden Valley, James Castle was born completely deaf. For the rest of his life, he couldn’t hear, speak, read, or write. Our only glimpses into his mind are the drawings and collages he created using scavenged paper and soot mixed with his own spit.

"The Mystery of Why This Dangerous Sand Dune Swallowed a Boy.

"When a boy suddenly disappeared into a sand dune, a scientist embarked on a quest to find out where he went."Title and subtitle of an article in Smithsonian Magazine. It's an interesting story, even though the dune "swallowed" the boy. Show More Summary

What Should the Smithsonian Do With Its Show of Bill Cosby’s Art Collection?

This article was originally published on Hyperallergic. As rape allegations against Bill Cosby have continued to emerge this week, with a fifth andsixth woman stepping forward to publicly accuse the iconic comedian, the backlash hasShow More Summary

Blue Mustang in Denver, Colorado

The “Blue Mustang” sculpture was created by the widely recognized artist, Luis Jiménez, whose previous works are displayed in numerous museums including the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. Standing 32 feet tall and molded from polychromed fiberglass, the mustang is painted a vibrant blue with red, glowing neon eyes. Show More Summary

Why Did the AP Suppress the Sexual Assault Portion of Its Bill Cosby Interview?

On Nov. 10, the Associated Press released a video featuring Bill Cosby and his wife Camille, chatting about the collection of African-American art the couple had recently loaned to the Smithsonian. More than a week later, the AP published additional footage from the Cosby sit-down that hadn’t make the original cut.

What Should the Smithsonian Do with Its Show of Bill Cosby’s Art Collection?

5 days agoArts : Hyperallergic

As rape allegations against Bill Cosby have continue to emerge this week, with a fifth and sixth woman stepping forward to publicly accuse the iconic comedian, the backlash has been swift. But Cosby's collaboration with the art establishment remains alive and well.

Roundup: Hong Kong protest art, Smithsonian redo, Hurricane Mama

Trying to preserve Hong Kong’s protest art, the Smithsonian's newly unveiled plan to gussy up its campus, the word of the year and how college museums are big and getting bigger. Plus: The incredible story behind the needlepoint created by a young African girl, an interview with Glenna...

Gisele Bundchen Hits Washington In Style for UNEP's Earth Award Ceremony 2014!

Gisele Bundchen strikes a pose as she hits the green carpet while attending the United Nations Environment Program Champions of the Earth Award Ceremony held at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on Wednesday (November 19) in Washington, D.C. The 34-year-old supermodel, who is a UNEP goodwill ambassador, served as the special guest of the night [...]

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