The Style Blog: Smithsonian


Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 05/10/2012

Robert Weingarten: Should the photographer immortalize Frederick Douglass, Celia Cruz, Samuel Morse, Audie Murphy or Alice Paul?

Starting Friday the public can vote on what historical character will be the subject of a new portrait by photographer Robert Weingarten

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  12:59 PM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Robert Weingarten, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, public vote on portrait

Posted at 12:50 AM ET, 05/02/2012

Steve Jobs’s patents to be displayed at the Smithsonian

A special exhibition about Steve Jobs’s beginnings and the patents that put him on the road to innovation will be mounted at the Smithsonian this month.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  12:50 AM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Steve Jobs, Smithsonian Institution, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Walter Isaacson

Posted at 06:23 PM ET, 04/20/2012

Betty White says yes to a date with the Smithsonian

Betty White, everyone’s favorite octogenarian, has agreed to be the guest of honor at a Smithsonian event on May 17.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  06:23 PM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Betty White, Smithsonian Associates, Lisner Auditorium, Betty White and zoos, Hot in Cleveland

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 04/17/2012

Pete Seeger 1960 concert recording released by Smithsonian Folkways

Smithsonian Folkways on Tuesday released a recording of a 1960 concert the folk singer gave at Bowdoin College, recorded by the campus radio station.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  05:19 PM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Pete Seeger, Smithsonian Folkways, Bowdoin College, 1960 concert

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 04/12/2012

Discovery: Best places to spot the shuttle flyover

The shuttle Discovery is scheduled to flyover the Washington region Tuesday on its way to its new home. Here are some tips for watching it.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  11:16 AM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Discovery, Discovery shuttle, Smithsonian, Udvar-Hazy Center, NASA, Memorial Bridge, Old Town Alexandria waterfront, National Harbor

Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 04/11/2012

Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers are back, along with 100 ‘American Stories’

The National Museum of American History has designed a new exhibition to introduce and reacquaint the public with milestones in American History and some of the museum’s artifacts.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  05:06 PM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dorothy's Ruby Slippers, Smithsonian, National Museum of American History, Benjamin Franklin, Roberto Clemente, Bob Dylan

Posted at 06:02 PM ET, 04/10/2012

William H. Johnson “Flowers” stamp debuts

Looking for inspiration for the perfect flower arrangement? Look no further than “Flowers,” by William H. Johnson, a painter whose bouquet appears Wednesday on a new postal stamp.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  06:02 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  William H. Johnson, U.S. Postal Service, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Morgan State University

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 04/04/2012

Elizabeth Catlett: a source of inspiration and distinctive art

The inspirational sculptor who died Monday in Mexico, had many links to Washington and returned many times to unveil work, mentor students and share her life-stories.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  02:11 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Elizabeth Catlett, African American artist, Washington, D.C. artist, Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Gallery of Art, National museum of Women in the Arts

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 04/03/2012

Google Art Project expands right into the White House

Street View technology gets put to use, allowing viewers to take virtual tour and zoom in on tiniest details.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  12:49 PM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Google Art Project, White House, Michelle Obama, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 04/02/2012

Buzz Lightyear, to the National Air and Space Museum (and beyond?)

The scene-stealing “Toy Story” character, once a passenger on the space shuttle Discovery, beat his old ride to the museum.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  05:55 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Buzz Lightyear, Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Discovery shuttle, Disney-Pixar, NASA

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 04/02/2012

The Smithsonian’s Jazz Appreciation Month underscores activism and music

The 2012 edition concentrates on how jazz musicians were often ambassadors of freedom, as well as creativity.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  02:19 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jazz Appreciation Month, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock

Posted at 06:36 PM ET, 03/29/2012

Louis Armstrong rare recording, made in Washington, to be re-released

On Jan. 29, 1971, Louis Armstrong performed at the National Press Club at an event in his honor.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  06:36 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Louis Armstrong, National Press Club, Smithsonian Folkways, D.A.Sonneborn, Tyree Glenn, Tommy Gwaltney, William McCarren, Armstraong 1971 recording

Posted at 06:36 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Lorton Meteorite stars at Smithsonian appropriations hearing

Smithsonian officials brought along a heavy hitter to back up their request for $856.8 million in fiscal 2013.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  06:36 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Smithsonian Institution, Jeffrey Post, Lorton Meteorite, Rep. Mike Simpson, Rep. James Moran, Wayne Clough

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Amelia Earhart will be focus of year-long exhibition at Portrait Gallery

“One Life: Amelia Earhart,” a recognition of the life and career of the famed aviation pioneer, will open at the National Portrait Gallery on June 29, the museum announced today.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  04:00 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Amelia Earhart, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Martin Sullivan

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 03/19/2012

‘The Art of Video Games’ draws crowds, costumed visitors

The opening weekend of ‘The Art of Video Games’ at the Smithsonian American Art Museum attracted 18,000 people.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  04:33 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Art of Video Games, Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Hideo Kojima

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 03/06/2012

The Smithsonian purchases an important Brumidi

John Kelly described how the Smithsonian American Art Museum bid successfully for Brumidi’s “The Apotheosis of Washington.”

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  04:32 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Smithsonian, Smithsonian American Art Museum, John Kelly, Constantino Brumidi

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Discovery space shuttle will be welcomed to Smithsonian by Marines and a four-day festival

The Smithsonian Institution is getting its largest artifact in years: the space shuttle Discovery. The National Air and Space Museum is planning a welcoming festival.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  01:20 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Shuttle Discovery, Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, April 19 arrival of Discovery

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 02/23/2012

Dorothy’s ruby slippers temporarily off display at Smithsonian

Almost everyone looks for Dorothy’s ruby slippers when they visit the Museum of American History. For the next few weeks, famous shoes won’t be on display.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  02:51 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ruby slippers, The Wizard of Oz, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian, Leonardo DiCaprio, Steven Spielberg, Judy Garland

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 02/21/2012

Smithsonian links Civil Rights movement, American art on new Web site

The Smithsonian is introducing a new Web site called “Oh Freedom! Teaching African American Civil Rights through American Art at the Smithsonian.”

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  06:30 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Romare Bearden, Civil Rights Movement, American art

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 02/16/2012

Smithsonian regent defends Secretary G. Wayne Clough’s travel

Patty Stonesifer, vice chair of the Smithsonian Board of Regents, said she is confident of the value of Secretary G. Wayne Clough’s travels.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  12:30 PM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Smithsonian Institution, Patty Stonesifer, Smithsonian Board of Regents, Smithsonian travel, Sen. Charles Grassley

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 02/14/2012

President Obama requests $857 million for the Smithsonian

In the fiscal 2013 federal budget request, the Smithsonian Institution is requesting funds for the old and the new.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  11:06 AM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama, federal budget 2013, arts funding, Smithsonian Institution, National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities, Rocco Landesman, Donald Trump, National Gallery of Art

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 02/09/2012

The Beatles and Ed Sullivan: What do you remember?

Thursday is the anniversary of the Beatles’ first live television appearance in the U.S. On Feb. 9, 1964 they sang live on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” a day that was appointment television for many of us Baby Boomers.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  11:12 AM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Beatles, The Ed Sullivan Show, Hoboken, Feb. 9, 1964, Smithsonian Snapshot

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 02/08/2012

Dylan’s jacket, worn at a watershed event in music history, added to American History museum exhibit.

The leather jacket Bob Dylan wore at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 will be part of an upcoming exhibition at the National Museum of American History.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  08:45 AM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  bob dylan, national museum of american history, newport folk festival, dylan's jacket, star spangled banner, smithsonian, ruby slippers

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 03/01/2011

Smithsonian Snapshot focuses on suffrage movement

"Smithsonian Snapshot" continues rumaging through the millions of Smithsonian artifacts this week with a look at a suffragist's sash. The yellow sash was worn by supporters of the women's movement and was printed with the words "Votes for Women." March...

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  02:00 PM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Photography, Smithsonian | Tags:  Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian Snapshot, Suffrage Sash

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/18/2011

Clough pledges to continue "Hide/Seek" conversation

The issues raised by his decision to remove a controversial video from the "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture" exhibit will be fully explored in a public forum in April, Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough said Monday. "I know...

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Smithsonian, Smithsonian, Smithsonian | Tags:  A Fire in My Belly, Smithsonian Institution, Wayne Clough, national portrait gallery

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 01/12/2011

PEN requests Smithsonian to consider broader implications of video removal

The board of the PEN American Center, the human rights and literary organization, has asked the Smithsonian Board of Regents to consider some of the broader issues of censorship surrounding the controversy over a video the Smithsonian removed from a...

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  01:30 PM ET, 01/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Jacqueline Trescott, Jacqueline Trescott | Tags:  David Wojnarowicz, PEN American Center, Smithsonian Institution, national portrait gallery

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 01/12/2011

Work continues at the site of Haiti's famed cathedral

The international effort in Haiti to recover cultural materials continues as the country marks the first anniversary of the horrific earthquake.One of the landmarks destroyed on Jan. 12, 2010 by the magnitude 7 earthquake was the Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral....

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  09:00 AM ET, 01/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Jacqueline Trescott | Tags:  Haiti, Haitian earthquake, Smithsonian Institution, famous murals in Haiti, preservation of Haitian murals

Posted at 07:30 PM ET, 01/05/2011

Protesters Plan to Stage "Museum of Censored Art"

Michael Blasenstein, along with Michael Iacovone, the two protesters who were stopped last month from showing inside the museum a controversial video that was removed from the National Portrait Gallery, are planning to bring the art work to the curb...

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  07:30 PM ET, 01/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Jacqueline Trescott, Jacqueline Trescott | Tags:  Michael Blasenstein, Michael Iacovone, Smithsonian Institution, national portrait gallery

Posted at 08:04 AM ET, 12/10/2010

Colbert donates his rally suit, and some opinions to the Smithsonian

Tip/Wag - Art Edition - Brent Glasswww.colbertnation.com When your controversy reaches the hot lights of the late night comedians, you know everyone is talking. And when Stephen Colbert is devoting an entire show to art, its creation and process, and...

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  08:04 AM ET, 12/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Jacqueline Trescott, Jacqueline Trescott | Tags:  Brent Glass, National Museum of American History, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Stephen Colbert

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 11/10/2010

Extended Hours for Rockwell

The crowds at the Norman Rockwell show at the Smithsonian American Art Museum have prompted the museum to extend its hours during the upcoming holidays. Since "Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg," opened...

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  12:00 PM ET, 11/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Jacqueline Trescott, Jacqueline Trescott | Tags:  extended hours for rockwell, norman rockwell, smithsonian american art museum