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 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 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 at George Washington University will exhibit Binding the Clouds: The Art of Central Asian IkatMarch 10-July 9. In the region that is now Uzbekistan, “oasis towns were once awash with the rainbow colors of ikat fabrics. Through exceptional artworks recently donated to the museum, this exhibition focuses on the sophisticated dyeing technique known in Uzbekistan as abrband (binding the clouds).”
Image below: Hanging or cover, Central Asia, Uzbekistan, Bukhara, ca. 1800-1850 - The Textile Museum. Gift of Guido Goldman in honor of Bruce P. Baganz. Courtesy of the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
The Textile Museum will exhibit Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasures from Southwest China, February 24-July 9.The focus will be on elaborate textiles, jewelry, and accessories for community celebrations which were worn, for centuries, by minority cultures in southwest China. “Dazzling festival costumes new to the museum’s collections explore traditions now endangered by modernization.”
Image below: A festival jacket - Courtesy of the George Washington University Museum and The Textile 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|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 exhibition titled 1967: Civil Rights at 50tells 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 will exhibit The Marines and Tet: The Battle That Changed the Vietnam War on the 50th anniversary of the event, January 26-July 8.The exhibition will showcase “the work of John Olson, a young photographer with Stars and Stripes who spent three days with the Marines at the 1968 Battle of Huêˊ (pronounced hway), the bloodiest single battle of the Vietnam War.” The innovative exhibit “will feature 20 large-format photos and 10 tactile versions of those photos with touch-activated sensors that provide audio interviews, allowing blind and low-vision visitors to experience the images through touch and sound. The Newseum is the first museum in the U.S. to host a major tactile exhibit designed to include blind and low-vision visitors.” The exhibit will also include unique artifacts, including Nikon cameras that Olson used in Vietnam.
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 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.”