Kogod Courtyard, Donald W. Reynolds Center—Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2-4 p.m. Secretary Clough invites all staff to the annual Holiday Celebration. Join your colleagues for holiday treats, gift raffles, a t-shirt giveaway and more. Celebrate in style by wearing your favorite Staff Holiday T-shirt from previous years. View the invitation for more information.
The south corridor galleries of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery open following refurbishment and feature two exhibitions, “Metalwork and Ceramics from Ancient Iran” and “Buddhist and Jain Sculpture from South Asia.” These small exhibitions include objects on loan from private collections, as well as works from the permanent collection.
“Contemporary Porcelain from Japan” opens at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. The exhibition of 30 vessels by 30 Japanese artists celebrates The Japan Foundation’s gift of these masterworks to the Sackler Gallery. The exhibition emphasizes the crafting of porcelain as a living art.
Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley and Chief Justice of the United States, the Honorable Warren E. Burger break ground for the new National Air and Space Museum.
The new National Museum of American Jewish History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, opens to the public Nov. 26 in Philadelphia. Continue reading Smithsonian artifacts help tell the story of American Jewish history
Gary Hevel, a museum specialist at the National Museum of Natural History, examines a specimen tray of tropical long-horned beetles. These iridescent beetles, native to South America, represent only a small fraction of the more than 35 million specimens of insects in the Smithsonian’s entomology collection. Photo by John Gibbons
Ground is broken for the new Smithsonian Environmental Research Center laboratory in Edgewater, Maryland. The building, to be named the Charles McC. Mathias, Jr., Laboratory, is scheduled for completion in the fall of 1988. The Center is named in honor of Mathias, former United States Senator from Maryland, because of his many years of championing… Continue reading November 19, 1987
Scientists from the National Zoo and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Center, along with partners from the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project, are working to save endangered frogs from extinction. Continue reading Smithsonian scientists first to breed critically endangered tree frog
“Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture”—National Portrait Gallery, through Feb. 13, 2011 “Hide/Seek” considers such themes as the role of sexual difference in depicting modern America, how artists explored sexuality and gender, how major themes in modern art were influenced by this form of marginalization and how art reflects society’s evolving and changing attitudes.… Continue reading Hide/Seek
Samuel P. Langley is elected the third Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution at a special meeting of the Board of Regents. His term lasts 19 years, until his death in 1906. Prior to his appointment, Langley was the Assistant Secretary in charge of exchanges, publications and the library. Prior to that he was director of… Continue reading November 18, 1887