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The Smithsonian Says: Fuck Your Selfie Stick

19 hours agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

The Smithsonian announced Tuesday that, should you be planning a trip to one of their affiliated institutions, you might as well just leave your dumb selfie stick at home because they're not allowing them anymore. Read more...

‘SmithsonianX’-Men? Museum to offer Stan Lee online superhero course

DOES THIS CAPE make the Smithsonian look hip? Because someone at the institution is showing the wisdom to don some cultural Spandex and work with some of the superhero world’s best teachers.In a pop-cultural first for the Smithsonian,...Show More Summary

Selfie sticks are now banned at the Smithsonian

Selfie sticks are no longer allowed in Smithsonian museums. The gadget was added on Tuesday to the list of prohibited photography accessories forbidden at the 19 museums and one zoo managed by the institution. In an announcement posted on its website, the Smithsonian cited safety concerns. Show More Summary

Harvard-Smithsonian Profited as Much as Willie Soon with Fossil Fuel Funding

Both Harvard and the Smithsonian Institute are trying to shake off the controversy surrounding Willie Soon, but these esteemed organizations should not be let off the hook easily. Earlier this week, documents revealed by the Guardian...Show More Summary

Moon objects found in astronaut Neil Armstrong's closet

3 weeks agoNews : The Newsroom

A treasure trove of objects that were supposed to have been left behind after the first moon landing have turned up in the closet of Neil Armstrong, the first man to step onto the lunar surface, the Smithsonian Institution has said.Show More Summary

Saturday Art: African Art Museum, Smithsonian Institute

The collection of African art that has been distributed through the many displays at the Smithsonian Institute has been brought together in the new museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. From many nations across the continent of Africa, the works reflect the varied cultures of Africa and are finally in one place that the public can access and enjoy.

Smithsonian/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 14-20 March 2012

3 weeks agoAcademics / Geology : Volcanism

The latest Smithsonian Institution and United States Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report has been published by the Global Volcanism Program, covering the week 14-20 March 2012. The report is compiled by Sally Kuhn Sennert. Show More Summary

Smithsonian American Art Museum launches effort to create national art database

last monthArts : Arts Post

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is leading a group of 14 institutions from around the country in an effort to build a shared, and searchable, online database that could spur research and scholarship about American art. One of the first in the nation to make its entire collection available through Linked Open Data (or LOD), […]

Smithsonian Institution may be headed to London

last monthTechnology / 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

last monthArts : 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 monthHumor : 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

2 months 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

2 months 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

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