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

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

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