The National Building Museum Great Hall - Photo by Kevin Allen
The National Building Museum
The National Building Museum is exhibiting Making Room: Housing for a Changing America, thru September 16, 2018.The focus is on “developers, architects, and interior designers - allied with housing advocates, policy makers, and activists - who are proposing exciting, flexible answers for our country’s evolving lifestyle needs. These innovations are at the center of the exhibition.” The spotlight is on “cutting-edge and efficient approaches such as micro apartments in Washington, D.C., and New York City, accessory “alley flats” in Austin, and shared housing in San Diego. Models, plans, and images showcase some of these alternative options and their effects on the housing market in those communities.” The exhibition’s centerpiece is a full-scale, flexible dwelling that further illustrates how a small space can be adapted to meet many needs.”
The National Building Museum is exhibitingArchitecture of an Asylum, thru January 10, 2018. Much of the National Historic Landmark, which is located on a sprawling campus of 19th- and 20th-century structures, has been closed to the public for a decade. The exhibition presents “a remarkable story about American healthcare, architectural history, and promising adaptive reuse. The historic site—much of it vacant and deserted for decades—is undergoing massive change. Visitors, always curious about the troubled history of mental health care, and interested in expansive plans for urban renewal, will be fascinated by the surprising story of this hospital and its urban campus.”
Image below: Gatehouse. Photograph, 1874. The gatehouse to the West Campus provided security for the hospital through a formal entrance procedure for visitors. Over time, some patients had visiting privileges to leave the campus, and neighborhood residents could attend entertainment functions. Courtesy National Archives and Records Administration.
The National Building Museum is now displaying a long-term exhibition titled Around the World in 80 Paper Models. The exhibition draws from the 4,500-piece architectural paper models in the David Kemnitzer Paper Model Collection, which Mr. Kemnitzer recently donated to the Museum. The models represent buildings, cultures, and countries from Austria to Wales and include examples of hand-drawn castles, intricate cathedrals with water-colored gardens, and micro-models smaller than a postcard. Some of the models are viewed flat, while others have been copied and constructed in 3-D. After “touring the world, visitors get the chance to build their own models with two structures designed by Museum staff.”
Image below: A poster featuring a paper model of Canterbury Cathedral
The National Academy of Science Building at 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W. is displaying a new exhibition titled Health of the Planetthru January 31, 2018. Artist Steve Miller explores the contribution of deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest on global climate change. The artist uses bright colors, his energetic painting style, and scientific imagery, “to enable us to acknowledge our place in the natural world and consequential interactions with it.”He is an early pioneer of the “sciart”(science-based art) movement and has been exploring scientific concepts and experimenting with new technologies in his artwork since the 1970s. Miller has presented more than 30 solo exhibitions at major venues in the U.S., China, France, and Germany.
The National Archives opened a new installation titled Remembering Vietnamin the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery in November, 2017. The installation is a media-rich exploration of the Vietnam War, featuring interviews with American and Vietnamese veterans and civilians with first-hand experience of the war’s events. The installation provides multiple perspectives on the conflict from its Cold War origins to the Fall of Saigon. A collection of newly-discovered and original documents is featured, along with images, film footage, and artifacts. They illuminate 12 critical episodes in the war that divided the populations of both the U.S. and Vietnam.
National Geographic Museum is exhibiting Wild: Michael (Nick) Nichols, thru January 12, 2018. The esteemed photographer and former National Geographic magazine Editor at Large createsextraordinary images of wildlife and wild places. “Visitors travel to the remotest reaches of the globe through Nick’s stunning, evocative, and technically-innovative photos of our natural world.” The exhibition is organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
National Geographic is displaying an exhibition titled Tomb of Christ, thru August 15, 2018. Visitors "can learn the history of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and be transported to Jerusalem for an immersive 3-D experience. The exhibit informs visitors about how National Geographic explorers are using new technologies, including lidar, sonar, laser scanning, and thermal imaging, to study the site. The project will be featured this fall in National Geographic magazine.
The Textile Museum & The George Washington University Museum
The Textile Museum is exhibiting The Box Project, thru January 29, 2018.Collector and former Textile Museum trustee Lloyd Cotsen “challenged 37 leading fiber artists worldwide to create a three-dimensional work to fit inside a standard box.
The Box Project showcases the dynamic results. The exhibition was organized by the Cotsen Foundation for Academic Research with the Racine Art Museum.”
The George Washington University Museum|The Textile Museum is exhibiting Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse, thru January 7. The exhibition presents the work of three designers who place sustainability at the heart of the process: Luisa Cevese in Milan; Christina Kim in Los Angeles; and Reiko Sudo in Tokyo. The exhibition is organized by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
The George Washington University Museum|Textile Museum openedFoundations for a Nation: Architectural Images from the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collectionin April, 2017. The exhibition explores “how public competitions, the preferences of individual presidents, and unanticipated historical events shaped Washington’s iconic landmarks.”
The Newseum is exhibiting “Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe,” thru January 7, 2018 to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of President John F. Kennedy.The photo exhibit showcases more than 70 “intimate and iconic images of President John F. Kennedy, first Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and their children, Caroline and John, taken by Kennedy’s personal photographer.”
Lowe’s photographs document Kennedy’s rise to power, from his 1958 Senate re-election campaign to the White House, and feature intimate scenes of the Kennedys at home.
Lowe, who died in May 2001, had stored his negatives of more than 40,000 Kennedy photos in a World Trade Center bank vault.The original negatives of nearly all of the 70 images displayed in “Creating Camelot” were lost forever in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
The only existing images from the lost negatives were on Lowe’s contact sheets and prints, which had been stored in another New York City facility. The Newseum, working closely with the Lowe estate, digitally restored the images to museum quality for the exhibit.
The restoration work “creates a comprehensive digital archive of Lowe’s Kennedy photographs and enables the Newseum to exhibit the photos at a resolution and size at which they have never before been seen.”
Images below: Before (left) and after versions of a photo of President-elect Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, show the results of the Newseum’s digital restoration process. Kennedy gave his acceptance speech in Hyannis Port, Mass., on Nov. 9, 1960.Courtesy of the Estate of Jacques Lowe
The Newseum will open a new exhibit titled 1967: Civil Rights at 50 on January 2. The exhibit tells the dramatic story of the growing militancy of the struggle for racial justice in 1967. Photos and images of historic newspapers and magazines “explore how African Americans used their First Amendment rights to fight for change — at times at great cost. The exhibition is part of "a changing exhibit exploring the relationship between the First Amendment and the civil rights movement in the 1960s.”
The Newseum is exhibiting Annenberg Space for Photography’s REFUGEE. The exhibition of images created by five internationally-acclaimed photographers “depicts the lives of diverse populations dispersed and displaced throughout the world and includes stunning portraits of the new Americans, refugees recently settled in the United States.” Photographers Lynsey Addario, Omar Victor Diop, Graciela Iturbide, Martin Schoeller and Tom Stoddart traveled across five continents “to present a full range of global refugee experiences through singular and compelling images taken in Bangladesh, Cameroon, Colombia, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Myanmar, Serbia, Slovenia and the U.S. The photographs capture the hope and resolve of refugees in the face of dehumanizing and life-threatening persecution.” The exhibit also features an original documentary that captures the photographers at work on location, “delving further into the stories behind their images. Through a virtual reality experience, visitors also will be able to experience what life is like in a camp for internally displaced persons in Soacha, Columbia.”
The Newseum opened a new exhibition in July, 2016 titled 1776 — Breaking News: Independence. On July 6, 1776, the Pennsylvania Evening Postbecame the first newspaper to publish a report about the signing of the Declaration of Independenceon July 4. The exhibit features one of only 19 known copiesof the historic newspaper. Illustrated graphics and interactive kiosks allow visitors to examine the newspaper in great detail. The exhibit also “explores how news of freedom spread through the Colonies and abroad and played a crucial role in uniting American colonists behind the cause of independence.”
The Newseum opened a new exhibition titled Pulitzer Prizes at 100: The Editorial Cartoons of Jack Ohman in 2016. Sacramento Beeeditorial cartoonist Jack Ohman "has skewered the powerful, from his high school principal to President Obama for more than 35 years. At age 19, he became the youngest cartoonist to ever be nationally syndicated. His work has appeared in more than 200 newspapers worldwide." He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize this year “for a portfolio of cartoons covering terrorism, mass shootings and the presidential election.”
Image below: Cartoon by Jack Ohman/The Sacramento Bee
The Newseum is displaying an exhibition titled Inside Today’s FBI indefinitely. The exhibition provides a special update to one of the Newseum’s most popular exhibits, enabling visitors to go behind the scenes with the FBI to explore how crime and crime-fighting have evolved in the post-9/11 age. As the nation’s top crime-fighting force begins its second century, the exhibit explores how the FBI detects and disrupts terrorists both at home and abroad, and thwarts powerful cyber criminals who steal data and money. In addition, some of the most significant artifacts from the old FBI exhibit remain on display.