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Jan Stuart Named Smithsonian’s New Chinese Art Curator

The Smithsonian’s Asian art museums  — the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery — are set to have a new Chinese art curator come November. Jan Stuart, who previously worked at the Freer and Sackler Galleries from 1988 to 2006, is slated to move back to D.C. to take up the recently created role of Melvin R. Seiden curator of Chinese art. Currently working as Keeper of Asia at the British Museum (yes, that is her real title), Stein will oversee ceramics, textiles, furniture, lacquer and other decorative arts at the Smithsonian.

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Smithsonian Gets Bill Cosby’s African American Art Collection

After four decades of acquiring African American art, Bill Cosby and his wife Camille are loaning their once-private collection to the Smithsonian this fall. Featuring more than 300 heretofore unexhibited artworks (save, apparently, for one), Cosby’s collection will be on view alongside the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in an exhibition titled “Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue,” which will open on November 9 and remain through early 2016. Notable names in Cosby’s collection reportedly include Faith Ringgold, Augusta Savage, Beauford Delaney, Henry Ossawa Tanner, and Jacob Lawrence.

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Smithsonian Gets J Dilla’s Synth

The late rapper J Dilla’s musical equipment, including his custom synthesizer, has been donated to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture by his mother Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey. As part an exhibition dedicated to music — one of 11 that will inaugurate the museum in 2016 —  Dilla’s equipment will be displayed with objects used by Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Chuck Berry, among others.

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Traveling Chuck Jones Exhibit Could Head to the Academy Museum in 2018

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures isn’t slated to open in Los Angeles until 2017, but it may already be planning one of its first shows. Though Academy Museum spokeswoman Morgan Kroll says it’s not confirmed yet, the Los Angeles Times reported this morning that the museum is a strong candidate to be one of the future stops for the traveling exhibition “What’s Up Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones,” which will launch a five-year, 13-city tour at the Museum of the Moving Image in Long Island City on July 19. (more…)

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…)