The National Building Museum Great Hall - Photo by Kevin Allen
The National Building Museum is presenting a special Summer Block Party installation designed by Studio Gang & named Hive.Hive soars to the uppermost reaches of the Museum and is built entirely of more than 2,700 wound paper tubes – “a construction material that is recyclable, lightweight and renewable.
The tubes vary in size from several inches to 10 feet high and are interlocked to create three dynamic interconnected, domed chambers.Reaching 60 feet tall, the installation’s tallest dome features an oculus over 10 feet in diameter. The tubes feature a reflective silver exterior and vivid magenta interior, creating a spectacular visual contrast with the Museum's historic nineteenth-century interior and colossal Corinthian columns. Studio Gang is an architecture and urbanism practice based in Chicago and New York. The Hive installation is the latest in a series of collaborations between the Museum and Studio Gang.
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 Geographic Museum is exhibiting On Assignment with Brian Skerry Sharks, thru October 15.The award-winning National Geographic photographer shows why we should protect sharks and “respect and appreciate them as integral species within our ecosystem.” The exhibition includes large-scale images, videos, artifacts, models, and interactive experiences.
The National Geographic is exhibiting Earth Explorersthru September 10. It’s a highly interactive, hands-on, family-friendly exhibition “that allows visitors to learn and use methods employed by Nat Geo explorers in the field. Exhibit visitors can embark on an epic adventure through six themed and immersive environments to discover new species; study animal behavior; and learn about the important roles that technology, innovation, and ingenuity play in making and documenting explorers’ discoveries. Visitors can take a simulated ride on a hot air balloon to record the migration of herds across Africa and go underseas in a deep-sea submersible to survey life at all levels of the water column—from abundant coral reefs to deep-sea thermal vents.”
Image below: Photo by Christopher Gannon/Gannon Visuals - Courtesy of the National Geographic Earth Explorers exhibit
The Textile Museum & The George Washington University Museum
The George Washington University Museum|The Textile Museum will exhibit Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse, September 2-January 7. The exhibition will present 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 Textile Museum will exhibit The Box Project, September 30-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|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 George Washington University Museum|Textile Museum are presenting Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair, thru July 24. Fashion Fair “shaped a new vision of black America through contemporary fashion. This exhibition of stunning ensembles by leading designers tells the story of the fair’s creator, Eunice W. Johnson, who overcame racial prejudice to bring global fashion to African-American audiences.”
Image below: Photo by William Atkins / The George Washington University
The George Washington University Museum|The Textile Museum will have a Celebration of Textiles on Saturday & Sunday, September 2 & 3. The free community festival will celebrate international textile arts and cultures through artist demonstrations, hands-on crafts, and performances inspired by the exhibition titled Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse.
Image below: A view of sheep shearing at a previous Celebration of Textiles - Photo by William-Atkins -The George Washington University
The National Archives
The National Archives is displaying Amending America, a new exhibition that reveals the stories behind why only 27 of more than 11,000 proposed amendments successfully became part of the Constitution, while others failed to get enough support. The exhibition is on view in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery through September 4, 2017.
Image below: The National Archives at a July 4 Celebration
The Newseum will bring back an exhibition titled “Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe,” September 29-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 is exhibiting Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics, thru July 31. The one-of-a-kind exhibit was created by the Newseum and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland to “explore the power of rock to change attitudes about patriotism, peace, equality and freedom.” The exhibition “showcases the intersection between rock and politics and examines how artists exercise their First Amendment rights, challenge assumptions and beliefs, stimulate thought and effect change. Through iconic artifacts and photographs, and multimedia experiences, the exhibit explores music’s influence on civil rights, the Vietnam War and gender equality, and covers such artists as Bob Dylan, U2 and Rage Against the Machine.”
Image below: John Lennon's 1964 Gibson J 160 E Guitar
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.
TheKoshlandScienceMuseum of the National Academy of Sciences exhibit titled The Life Labencourages visitors to explore the science of growing up and to examine how the brain develops over time. The Koshland exhibition titled Earth Lab:DegreesofChange offers visualizations which "allow visitors to explore the impacts of climate change and take on the role of decision makers who identify priorities, evaluate tradeoffs, and decide how to respond to climate change."
Image below: A view of the Koshland Science Museum's new Earth Lab