Bookmarks (39)

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    Abstractionist Sam Gilliam Dies at 88, Hirshhorn Hosts His Final Show

    The beloved Washington, D.C. artist went full circle with a bold new series of round paintings

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    The Record-Shattering Airplane Behind a Dashing Pilot’s Meteoric Rise to Fame

    Roscoe Turner's air racer takes center stage this fall when newly renovated galleries open at the...

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    Why Women's Music Embraces the Voices of Past Generations

    New show examining the deep connections women make with musical tradition kicks off with a concert...

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    Enacted 50 Years Ago, Title IX Is More Relevant Than Ever

    New exhibit highlights female athletes who gained opportunities and the controversies that still surround the statute

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    After Long Absence, the Folklife Festival Returns to the National Mall

    The much-loved summer event, featuring the United Arab Emirates and Earth Optimism programs, opens with a...

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    The Lost Story of Lexington, the Record-Breaking Thoroughbred, Races Back to Life

    For her latest novel “Horse,” the Pulitzer-prize winning author Geraldine Brooks found inspiration in the Smithsonian...

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    The Craft World Is Undergoing a Democratization

    In a new show at the Renwick Gallery, maker’s art is having a renaissance moment, with...

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    Is a KAWS Celeb Sighting Cause for Speculation?

    The ex-street artist turned art-world sensation receives a warm reception and an award from the Hirshhorn

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    'Top Gun' Is Back. But Is the Elite Navy Fighter Pilot School Really Like the Movies?

    The Smithsonian’s Chris Browne flew the much-feared F-14, and as a former TOPGUN student, knows well...

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    A Makeshift Raft Speaks to the Risks Cubans Took to Escape Their Homeland

    In the mid-1990s, tens of thousands left in boats or handcrafted floats facing treacherous waters in...

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    Why the Smithsonian Adopted a New Policy on Ethical Collecting

    For more than a century, museum artifacts were acquired in ways we no longer find acceptable....

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    The Mouse That Squeaked Its Way Into Scientific History

    Forget Dolly the Sheep. The birth of a mouse named Cumulina 25 years ago launched a...

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    The Revolutionary 1965 Supreme Court Decision That Declared Sex a Private Affair

    A Smithsonian curator of medicine and science looks back to the days when police could arrest...

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    Could Ants, Termites and Fishes Make Humans Better Farmers?

    Scientists are now revealing the agricultural expertise that other species have cultivated for tens of millions...

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    How to Find Wholeness in the Cracks of a 16th-Century Tea Bowl

    A new exhibition, “Mind Over Matter,” invites viewers to pause and connect with the teachings of...

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    The Second Man in Space Had a Wee Wish—That He'd Used the Bathroom Before Blasting Off

    Alan B. Shepard's historic Mercury spacesuit undergoes hours of conservation work for its debut when the...

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    View the Granddaddy of Political Scandals in Oils, Cartoons and Sculpture

    The 1972 Watergate break-in that led to Richard Nixon's resignation is the subject of a new...

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    A Trio of Elizabeth Catlett Sculptures Convey the Power of Service to Humanity

    Regarded as “guardians of the Black narrative,” the artworks greet visitors to NMAAHC’s Heritage Hall

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    Who Gets to Define Native American Art?

    A pivotal letter from Oscar Howe, whose work is the focus of a new exhibition, demanded...

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    A New Surge of Earth Optimism Takes Center Stage at This Year's Folklife Festival

    The challenges are many, but evidence shows that positivity emboldens global conservation efforts

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    Nine Artists on What It Means to Create

    Forty years of bringing critical attention to the nation's best-known makers in the arts is celebrated...

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    This Quirky Contraption Lifted 19th-Century Pilots Into the Air for a Short, Exhilarating Glide

    The rare Lilienthal glider, one of only a few originals known to exist, is newly conserved...

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    The Trailblazing Sisters Who Founded the Nation's First Woman-Led Museum

    A new exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, tells the story of founders Sarah...

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    New Artifacts Document the Soaring Popularity of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    The Smithsonian bestows its Great Americans Award on the former associate justice of the U.S. Supreme...

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    How Baseball Put Its Stamp on the American Psyche

    An exhibition at the National Postal Museum examines the history of the nation’s favorite pastime

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    Art Sensation Yayoi Kusama Wraps Visitors in Polka Dots, Pumpkins and a World Without End

    A new Infinity Mirror Room with its forever-repeating lights and imagery opens at the Hirshhorn with...

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    What the History of Science and Religion Reveals About Today’s Divisive Covid Debates

    A new Smithsonian book and exhibition explores the ongoing conflicts and reconciliations between faith and technology...

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    The Music and Freedom We Experienced on the Streets of Kyiv

    The story of a joint Smithsonian-Soviet-Ukrainian program in 1990 lends poignant resonance to Russia’s brutal invasion...

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    Studio Executives Did Not Want Marlon Brando for the Title Role in 'The Godfather'

    On the film's 50th anniversary, a Smithsonian historian reflects on the cultural phenomenon of the blockbuster...

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    How Black Men Changed the World

    A Smithsonian traveling exhibition powerfully dismantles corrosive myths with triumphant portraits and the stories of African...

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    A Museum Show Takes Visitors on a Hunt for the Birds of Prey Populating Centuries of Artworks

    From an ancient Egyptian plaque to a Ming dynasty scroll, explore the central role that falcons...