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