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Boeing Gives $30M For Smithsonian Remodel

A massive donation announced today is set to help a classic Smithsonian exhibition fly into the future. The Boeing Company has donated $30 million to Washington, D.C.’s  National Air and Space Museum so that the institution can update its primary Milestones of Flight display for its 40th anniversary in 2016.

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George Clooney Caper Spawns Museum Exhibitions

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The upcoming George Clooney-directed film “The Monuments Men,” which recounts the efforts of the same-named platoon of soldiers that, during World War II, sought to track down the many invaluable artworks seized by the Nazis, has inspired at least a couple of American museums to mount exhibitions related to the exploits of the unit chronicled in the star-studded movie. This exceptional chapter in recent art history will be the subject of a new permanent installation at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans,  a historical display at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City — whose first two directors were Monuments Men alumni — and a temporary exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art (AAA). (more…)

Smithsonian Delivers Show of Artists’ Holiday Cards

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How do famous artists celebrate the holidays? The Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art is taking an intimate look into the personal lives of artists and their holiday correspondence with an exhibition of handmade holiday cards from Josef Albers, Ad Reinhardt, Alexander Calder (above), Milton Avery, Claes Oldernburg, and more. (more…)

Check Your Chakra: Smithsonian’s Blockbuster Yoga Exhibition Opens at the Sackler Gallery

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On Saturday the Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery opened its exhibition, “Yoga: The Art of Transformation,” which boasts a collection of Indian art and artifacts that offers new perspectives on the history of the practice, according to ABC News. “It examines for the first time a spectacular, but until now largely ignored, archive,” Sackler director Julian Raby told ABC News. “That archive is India’s visual culture of extraordinary yoga-related artworks created, as you will see, over some two millennia.” (more…)

White House Won’t Lend Smithsonian a 1925 Rug Woven by Armenian Genocide Orphans

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A special book launch event at the Smithsonian has been cancelled due to the White House’s refusal to lend out the Armenian Orphan Rug, according to the Washington Post. The book, “President Calvin Coolidge and the Armenian Orphan Rug,” by Dr. Hapog Martin Deranian, looks at the history surrounding the creation of the rug and the Near East Foundation — a U.S.-sponsored program to help orphans of the 1915 genocide of the Armenian people by the Ottoman Empire. The efforts of the Near East Relief Organization raised over $100 million between 1915 and 1930, and saved over one million refugees, including 100,000 orphans. (more…)

Instagrams of the Art World: Gold Cotton Candy, Xu Zhen’s Frosting, and Lunch at the Smithsonian

Cate Blanchett and Philip Seymour Hoffman tearing paper, exchanging info. Stars, they’re just like us. Snapped by MoMA PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach. (more…)

A Bunch of Muppets Are About to be Reunited at the National Museum of American History

The gang is getting back together at the Smithsonian as Jim Henson’s daughter, Cheryl Henson, has donated over 20 Muppet puppets and props to the National Museum of American History. The gift comes in honor of the anniversary of her late father’s birthday on Sept. 24, 1936.  Among the pieces are Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Scooter and the Swedish Chef from “The Muppet Show,” Bert and Ernie from “Sesame Street,” Cookie Monster, Grover, Count Von Count, and Boober Fraggle and Travelling Matt from “Fraggle Rock.”

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Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough Will Retire in October 2014

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Wayne Clough, the secretary of the Smithsonian Institution since July of 2008, will retire from the position just over a year from now, in October 2014, the Smithsonian announced today. Clough’s tenure at the head of the U.S.’s largest group of museums will be remembered by most in the art world for one especially damning decision: When, in 2010, caving to the demands of conservative organizations, he ordered the removal of David Wojnarowicz’s video “A Fire in My Belly” from the National Portrait Gallery’s groundbreaking exhibition “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture.” (more…)

Smithsonian Postage Museum Set to Open the World’s Largest Stamp Gallery

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Stamp collectors of the world have a place to call their own thanks to the Smithsonian National Postal Museum’s new William H. Gross Stamp Gallery. The museum will host a grand opening for the new space, which it promises is the “world’s largest stamp gallery,” on Sunday, September 22, the Los Angeles Times reports. (more…)

The Archives of American Art Are Posting Delightful Pics of Artists and Their Dogs

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This may be the summer of cat art, but the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art have been doing their part to keep canines in the mix with their August-long series “Dog Days of Summer.” Every day since August 1 they have posted a vintage photograph of an artist with a puppy, often in an especially summery setting, from Pablo Picasso holding a puppy while rocking shorts to Jackson Pollock lying on the beach with his dog. Among the highlights is the above image of Claes Oldenburg, Leo Castelli, and his beloved Dalmatian Paddy Boy around 1973 in the Leo Castelli Gallery. (more…)