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World’s Largest LEGO United States Flag: The Stud Spangled Banner

The past week, more than 15,000 visitors at the National Museum of American History helped build the world’s largest LEGO United States flag. It’s made of over 100,000 bricks and measures 9.5ft x 14ft. LEGO employees…

John Jacob joins curatorial staff at the Smithsonian American Art Museum as its McEvoy Family Curator for Photography

22 hours agoArts : Artdaily

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has appointed John Jacob as its McEvoy Family Curator for Photography. Jacob will be responsible for research, exhibitions and acquisitions related to the museum?s collection. He joins 11 curatorsShow More Summary

'Measured Perfection: Hiram Powers' Greek Slave' on view at the Smithsonian's American Art Museum

22 hours agoArts : Artdaily

This one-gallery exhibition reveals the inner workings of the studio of Hiram Powers (1805?1873), who was among the most innovative sculptors of the nineteenth century, eagerly adapting long-standing sculpture traditions to new technologies of his age. Show More Summary

Morning Cup of Links: American Flag in LEGO

yesterdayHumor / odd : mental_floss

To celebrate the opening of the Innovation Wing at the National Museum of American History, LEGO built the world’s largest LEGO American flag. Museum visitors helped to assemble it. The 10 Deadliest Roller Coaster Accidents. Just what...Show More Summary

5 Gorgeous Old Pictures of Seashells

yesterdayHumor / odd : mental_floss

From a new book by the American Museum of Natural History.

Exhibition exploring Connecticut artist's influence on 20th century art opens at Wadsworth Atheneum

yesterdayArts : Artdaily

?Peter Blume: Nature and Metamorphosis,? opens at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Conn., July 3 and runs through Sept. 20. The exhibition explores Russian-born American modernist Peter Blume?s (1906-1992) central role in the development of American modernism and examine his impact on late 20th century narrative painting. Show More Summary

Watch 109,200 Lego bricks form one giant American flag

The National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. is displaying a brand new American flag made entirely of bricks. Lego bricks, that is. See also: The last 50 years of Lego, in true Lego form LEGO Systems Inc. builds the world's...Show More Summary

In Mainstream Museums, Confronting Colonialism While Curating Native American Art

2 days agoArts : Hyperallergic

Recent criticism of The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky, which closed recently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, sheds light on the many issues that arise when mainstream art museums present Native American art.

Nedra’s Big Deals: Free museum, food scales, $1 movies

American Weigh Scales: Need a small scale? Check out this Deal Spotter exclusive from American Weigh Scales. Through Aug. 15, buy the AWS SM-201 Digital Pocket Scale for $9.99 plus shipping (regularly $19.95). The...

Here Are Our Options For Stopping A Killer Asteroid

2 days agoNews : Huffington Post

Massive asteroid heading our way? We have options, apparently. Just how viable they are -- well, let's hope we never have to find out. The American Museum of Natural History offers a few ideas to avert catastrophe in a new video, "Deflecting...Show More Summary

The Bump and the Hollow of Thomas Hart Benton

American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood,” at the Peabody Essex Museum, in Salem, Massachusetts (where it is evidently unlawful to operate a business whose name does not incorporate a reference to witches), is a big, imaginative,...Show More Summary

The “father of video games’” home office is now on display at The National Museum Of American Histor

The “father of video games’” home office is now on display at The National Museum Of American History. The museum rebuilt (actually rebuilt, not recreated) Ralph Baer ’s workshop as a “landmark” for its new innovation wing. Check it out if you’re in the Washington, D.C. area! Read more...

Here Are All the Ways Scientists Propose to Protect Earth From Asteroids

3 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

In a short, informative video, the American Museum of Natural History explains all the proposals for deflecting asteroids. Sadly, the plan from Armageddon is not on the list. Read more...

Smithsonian's National Museum of American History exhibits numismatic rarities

3 days agoArts : Artdaily

A vault door will mark the entrance to the National Museum of American History?s new Gallery of Numismatics and its inaugural exhibition, ?The Value of Money.? Opening July 1, the gallery delves into the National Numismatic Collection...Show More Summary

Happy Asteroid Day: We Are Woefully Unprepared!

The American Museum of Natural History has released a video titled “Deflecting Asteroids,” embedded below, to mark the first Asteroid Day this June 30. The designated day was created to give the public yet another apocalyptic scenario...Show More Summary

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Different Methods of Deflecting Asteroids Away From the Earth

4 days agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

A recent video by the American Museum of Natural History looks at the advantages and disadvantages of different methods of deflecting asteroids away from the Earth. The video looks at methods that use massive objects, explosions, and even paint to divert an asteroid’s orbit.

The Many Ways to Deflect an Asteroid

4 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

In a new video, a curator from the American Museum of Natural History discusses scientists' ideas for saving Earth from a potentially harmful asteroid impact.

The National Museum of American History’s new innovation wing chronicles American capitalism

The National Museum of American History has devoted entire exhibits to voting machines, polio and Kansas City jazz, but it’s never chronicled American-style capitalism. On July 1, the museum will rectify that oversight in a major way, with a 45,000-square-foot innovation wing including sections on business, money, advertising and consumer culture.Read full article >>

The American Pigeon Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Many people, especially in big cities, view pigeons as flying rats who's primary profession is taking a crap all over the place. Yet pigeons are incredibly intelligent and the relationship between humans and these often shimmering birds...Show More Summary

'Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends opens' at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

4 days agoArts : Artdaily

Throughout his career, the celebrated American painter John Singer Sargent (1856?1925) created portraits of artists, writers, actors, and musicians, many of whom were his close friends. Because these works were rarely commissioned, he was free to create images that were more radical than those he made for paying clients. Show More Summary

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