Designs for living, a new mom’s learning curve, disappointing news from Cuba and an enormous naked fat man from the week that was.
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Smithsonian, Sept. 29, 2016
Australian sculptor Ron Mueck thinks big. And his sculpture Big Man, sitting in a corner of the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture in Washington, D.C., is a very big result of that thinking.
Naked, overweight, grumpy, an ungainly Goliath, Untitled (Big Man)—back on view in the museum’s “Masterworks” exhibition—is easily the most startling and unexpected piece of art in the entire museum, rising seven feet from the floor even sitting down. Read more from Owen Edwards for Smithsonian.com.
The New York Times, Sept. 29, 2016
A few years ago, while Chattanooga, Tenn., made headlines for revitalizing its downtown, residents, mostly African-Americans, living just a few miles away in the Glass Farms neighborhood, were struggling to cope with years of disinvestment and decline. Storefronts were empty, buildings abandoned. Crime was through the roof….
“By the People: Designing a Better America,” opening on Friday at the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt, taps into a rich vein of entrepreneurial beneficence. It is about the intersection of poverty, prosperity, innovation and design, and it couldn’t be timelier. If stories like the one from Chattanooga unavoidably turn out to be more complicated than any museum display can make clear, the spotlight is at least pointed in the right direction. Read more from Michael Kimmelman for The New York Times.
PBS Newshour, Sept. 29, 2016
The hills of Mercury are alive with earthquakes, according to a study published Monday in Nature Geoscience. The diminutive planet joins Earth as the only other known tectonically active planet in the Solar System.
“We have to take another look at how rocky planets are evolving,” said Thomas Watters, Smithsonian planetary scientist and study co-author. Read more from Harry Zahn for PBS Newshour.
Artnet, Sept. 30, 2016
Sorry DC. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is coming back to New York for its 2016 gala, which will feature the world premiere of a new performance by Ragnar Kjartansson, whose first museum survey opens at the museum on October 14. The gala will be held on November 3 at One World Trade Center.
“All I can say is that it will involve mariachi bands,” Melissa Chiu, the museum’s director, told artnet News of the closely guarded details of Kjartansson’s piece in a phone conversation. “It’s a brand new performance.” Read more from Sarah Cascone for Artnet.
WTOP, Oct. 1, 2016
Motherhood can be quite the adjustment–and that goes for new orangutan moms, too.
While the Smithsonian National Zoo said the mother and baby are doing well, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing for Batang,an orangutan at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, since her baby was born Sept. 12. Read more from Lara Bonner for WTOP.
The Washington Post, Oct. 1, 2016
The Smithsonian Institution has canceled an ambitious plan to showcase Cuban culture on the Mall in Washington at the 2017 Folklife Festival because negotiators could not agree on the contract that would govern all aspects of the event.
After exhaustive preparations by Cuban and American scholars that began more than a decade ago, culminating in last-ditch efforts to redraft a memorandum of understanding this past spring and summer, the document remained unsigned late last month. Read more from David Montgomery for The Washington Post.
Posted: 11 October 2016