Jun
13

Victoria and Albert and…James? The Smithsonian goes to London

Victoria and Albert and…James? The Smithsonian goes to London

Two years ago, the Mayor of London’s Office approached the Smithsonian to explore our possible interest in participating in the redevelopment of the former Olympic Park in East London as part of a new educational and cultural quarter in the city.

Today, Secretary David Skorton announced that the Smithsonian and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London are moving forward on a collaboration that will result in the Institution’s first permanent exhibition space outside of the United States. Continue reading Victoria and Albert and…James? The Smithsonian goes to London

May
23

Washed ashore: Art to Save the Sea

Washed ashore: Art to Save the Sea

More than 315 billion pounds of plastic pollute our oceans, including the Great Pacific trash vortex, a vast patch of plastic debris that some estimates calculate as being twice the size of the continental United States. This horrifying fact is embodied, quite literally, in dramatic sculptures of marine life made entirely from plastic trash collected from beaches. Continue reading Washed ashore: Art to Save the Sea

May
19

Going the Extra Mile Every Day: The 2016 Unsung Hero Awards

Going the  Extra Mile Every Day: The 2016 Unsung Hero Awards

We all hear about the superstars—the colleagues who make scientific breakthroughs or uncover brilliant young artists or unravel historic mysteries—but what about those colleagues who do exceptional work at indispensable jobs that never make the news? Meet this year’s Unsung Heroes, Smithsonian staff who, day in and day out, make the Smithsonian a great Institution. Continue reading Going the Extra Mile Every Day: The 2016 Unsung Hero Awards

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