The 16th annual orchid exhibition opens Jan. 29 at the Natural History Museum. Continue reading ‘Orchids: A View from the East’
Sheryl Kolasinski, director of the Office of Planning and Project Management (center, with orange scarf), recently led members of the Smithsonian Women’s Committee on a tour of the Arts and Industries Building. The historic building is closed to the public as it undergoes construction to revitalize the shell, including replacing the roof and windows. (Photo… Continue reading Hardhat tour
Wilson A. Bentley became fascinated with the crystalline structure of individual snowflakes on his parent’s Vermont farm. By adapting a microscope to a bellows camera, and after years of trial and error, he became the first person to photograph a single snowflake in 1885. In 1903, he sent 500 prints of his snowflakes to the… Continue reading Snowflake study through photomicrography, 1890
Pablo Picasso’s List, 1912 Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art Pablo Picasso’s list of European artists, written in graphite on paper for the 1913 Armory Show, is a treasure, not only because it provides Picasso’s recommendations for the first international exhibition of modern art in the United States, but for what the scrap of paper conveys… Continue reading Pablo Picasso’s list
John Gibbons and Brian Ireley of the Office of Communications and External Affairs are visiting with scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Get a sneak peek at the interesting science stories you can expect to see when they return. Continue reading New video series will feature Tropical Research Institute scientists
In this photo, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks at Rankin Chapel at Howard University in Washington, D.C., in December 1956. This photograph was taken at the end of the successful Montgomery Bus Boycott that thrust King into the national spotlight. Beginning in the early 20th century and continuing into the 1990s, Addison Scurlock and… Continue reading The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., 1956
The curator-in-charge of the U.S. National Gem and Mineral Collection has been recognized with a well-deserved award for lifetime achievement. Continue reading Jeff Post is a GEM of a curator
The Congress of Scholars will hold its annual symposium Friday, Jan. 28. Continue reading Save the date!
A symposium at the National Portrait Gallery Jan. 29 will bring together leading art historians who will discuss the fraught relationship between sexuality and art. Continue reading Addressing (and Redressing) the Silence: New Scholarship in Sexuality and American Art
No school delay for the Andean bears and giant pandas at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park. The Northeast has been plagued with massive storms and frigid temperatures this winter season, however, the D.C. metropolitan area has been spared with only one to two inches thus far. Despite the light snowfall, the bears are intrigued and… Continue reading Enjoy winter days at the National Zoo!