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Smithsonian Institution may be headed to London

13 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

For the first time in its 168 year history, the Smithsonian Institution may be "coming home," in a manner of speaking. Originally founded with funds from British scientist James Smithson, it has never established a longterm exhibition outside the United States. Show More Summary

London could soon have its very own 40,000-square-foot Smithsonian museum

As London works to redevelop its Olympic park from 2012 with a new cultural center, it could eventually include an import from the United States. The Smithsonian Institution is working to establish its first international museum outpost...Show More Summary

Smithsonian Wants to Open Museum in London

Gallery planned for Olympic park would be institute's first international location

The Smithsonian Begins Talks to Create Its First International Venue in London

2 days agoArts : Hyperallergic

As part of a major reuse project of London's Olympic Park, the Smithsonian Institution may stake its first overseas longterm exhibition venue.

Smithsonian Eyeing New Outpost in London

It would be the cultural institution's first museum outside the U.S.

The heart of the Smithsonian's design museum is an API

The Smithsonian Institute's Cooper Hewitt design museum got a recent overhaul, and at its core is something app developers are likely pretty familiar with -- an application program interface. We know what you're thinking, "What does a museum need an...

Traveling exhibition of original Star Wars costumes

last weekOdd : Boing Boing

Later this month, the Smithsonian Institution's new exhibition “Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume" will open at Seattle’s EMP Museum. A collaboration with the Lucas Museum and Lucasfilm, the exhibit includes Jedi robes, Princess Leia’s slave bikini, Chewbacca's pelt, and many other costumes and related art and ephemera. Read the rest

"Two years ago, the Smithsonian Institution acquired a conceptual work by Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar that reflects on the funeral of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr."

"The piece — titled 'Life Magazine, April 19, 1968' — is one of Jaar’s lesser-known works, produced when he was culling through the archives of the iconic magazine."Alongside a reproduction of a photo of King’s funeral that ran in “Life,” Jaar graphically lays bare the nation’s racial divisions at the time of the civil rights leader’s death. Show More Summary

Festive Gate

Observed at the Enid A. Haupt Garden, Smithsonian Institution, D.C.:

Freer|Sackler Goes Digital, Releasing Images of Entire Collections for Public Use

3 weeks agoArts / Graphic Design : UnBeige

Katsushika Hokusai, Thunder god, 1847 (Courtesy Freer Gallery of Art) The museum collection digitization boom continues! Following the lead of institutions such as The Getty, the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery kicked off the new year by releasing their full collections online. Show More Summary

Smithsonian scientists discover gold bat along with four other new species

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

“If you had the chance to name a poisonous species, would you name it after your wife?” Micaela Jemison asks at www.smithsonianscience.org. That’s what Marcos Ponce of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute did: When his team discovered...Show More Summary

Smithsonian Launches Open F|S Initiative

The Smithsonian Institution has launched unprecedented access to American and Asian art collections with its Open F|S initiative. Open F|S provides full access to two Smithsonian collections: the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Show More Summary

Poverty is on exhibit every day at the Smithsonian

Back in October, contract workers at the Smithsonian unveiled a new poverty exhibit—themselves. The Smithsonian is a wonderful resource for residents and tourists in Washington, DC, a great cultural institution we can all visit for free, from the zoo to the National Gallery. Its workers shouldn't be paid poverty wages. (No workers should be.)

Smithsonian galleries release massive Asian art collection online for non-commercial use

The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian Institution’s national museums of Asian art in the US, have released their entire collections online. All art works are now available to anyone and everyone for both viewing and download for the foreseeable future. Show More Summary

Smithsonian Acquires Video Game So Atrocious It Was Buried in the Desert

last monthArts : Hyperallergic

One of the most disastrous video games in history is now part of the Smithsonian Institution.

Barbara Bush: Global Health Corps -- A Conversation

Barbara Bush CEO & Co-Founder, Global Health Corps According to the United Nation's Foundation: "Before joining Global Health Corps' founding team in 2008, Barbara worked in Educational Programming at the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt,...Show More Summary

Damn, Barack Obama's 3D Portrait Is Realistic 

The Smithsonian recently documented the creation of a 3D portrait of President Obama, and the results are remarkably authentic. The USC Institute for Creative Technologies used 50 custom-made LED lights, eight hi-res sports photography cameras and six wide-angle cameras to capture every nook, cranny and worry line on Obama’s head. Show More Summary

History of the World in 1,000 Objects? The Penn Museum's international collections help tell the story of humankind

2 months agoArts : Artdaily

When Publisher DK, in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, decided to create a book that offers a unique look at world history through the visual presentation of human-made artifacts, they contacted the Penn Museum in Philadelphia...Show More Summary

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

2 months agoIndustries / Media : FishbowlDC

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 Plans $2 Billion Overhaul

2 months agoArts : Hyperallergic

Leaking roofs. Bad plumbing. Through-the-roof electricity bills. We've all experienced them, and the 168-year-old Smithsonian Institution is no different. This week, it announced a $2 billion dollar plan to bring its museums and gardens into the 21st century.

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