Mar
22

Up close and extremely personal: The video portraiture of Bo Gehring

Up close and extremely personal: The video portraiture of Bo Gehring

A vein on the left side of Esperanza’s neck pulses; the fabric of her dress accordions faintly out and in with each breath; her finger twitches and grains of mascara ride eyelids that halfway conceal two smiling eyes. Welcome to the intimacy of slow and the close-up video portraiture of Bo Gehring on view in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery exhibition “Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze.” Continue reading Up close and extremely personal: The video portraiture of Bo Gehring

Feb
25

Streamlining the Smithsonian

Streamlining the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian is a massive organization–the largest museum and research complex in the world. In his first several months on the job, Secretary David Skorton has made several changes to the management structure of the Smithsonian in order to improve efficiency, transparency and collaboration. The Torch recently sat down with Dr. Skorton to talk about these changes and their impact on staff. Continue reading Streamlining the Smithsonian

Feb
22

Sing the praises of our Unsung Heroes!

Sing the praises of our Unsung Heroes!

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? This is your opportunity to nominate those Unsung Heroes who, day in and day out, help excite the learning in everyone and make the Smithsonian a great Institution. Continue reading Sing the praises of our Unsung Heroes!

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