The National Building Museum Great Hall - Photo by Kevin Allen
The National Building Museum
The National Building Museum is presenting Fun House, designed by Snarkitecture, thru September 3.It is the latest in the Museum’s Summer Block Party series of temporary structures erected inside its historic Great Hall. Curated by Italy-based Maria Cristina Didero, the heart of the exhibition is “a Snarkitecture-designed house—a freestanding structure that recalls and re-imagines the idea of the traditional home. "Fun House includes a sequence of interactive rooms featuring well-known Snarkitecture environments and objects………..as well as new concepts developed for the Museum. "Snarkitecture is a New York-based collaborative practice. As visitors walk through the house, the rooms convey the ten-year story of Snarkitecture while underlining the studio’s peculiar, yet accessible way of reinterpreting the built environment.”
The National Building Museum is exhibiting The Architecture and Planning of the Manhattan Project, thru March 3, 2019.Construction of military reservations - “Secret Cities” - by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began in the fall of 1942, less than a year after the U.S. was drawn into World War II. By the end of the war, a total of more than 125,000 people lived in the three cities that had been built from scratch on these sites. Yet these cities appeared on no maps, and the federal government did not acknowledge their existence.
Image below: An aerial view of the reactor at Hanford.
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 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.
The National Geographic is exhibiting Titanic: The Untold Story, thru December 31.The exhibition focuses on "the surprising link between the 1985 discovery of the Titanic by oceanographer and National Geographic Explorer-at-Large Robert Ballard and a top secret Cold War mission." The exhibition is displayed in partnership with the National Archives and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.The exhibition “showcases the untold history of this incredible discovery and the evolution of deep sea exploration.”
Image below: From "Titanic: The Untold Story," this deck chair from the Carpathia is the only known chair left in existence. Photo courtesy of The National Geographic & The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute.
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 George Washington University Museum|Textile Museum
The George Washington University Museum|Textile Museum will exhibit A Nomad's Art: Kilims of Anatolia, September 1-December 23.Kilims are woven by women to adorn tents and camel caravans & are “enduring records of life in Turkey’s nomadic communities, as well as stunning examples of abstract art.” The exhibition “marks the public debut of treasures from the museum’s Murad Megalli collection of Anatolian kilims dating to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.”
Image below: Kilim, Central Anatolia, late 18th century - The Textile Museum - The Megalli Collection. Courtesy of the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum.
The George Washington University Museum|Textile Museum is displaying two complimentary exhibitions - Breaking News: Alexander Hamilton and Greetings from Washington - thru Summer 2018. Breaking News: Alexander Hamilton features historical newspapers from a private collection that highlight important life events and accomplishments of the founding father. Greetings from Washingtonshowcases vintage postcards of Washington, D.C., including examples from what some consider to be the golden age of postcards at the turn of the 20th century, plus eye-catching contemporary postcards.
Images: At top, a page from the Rural Repository dated February 17, 1849 featuring Mrs. Hamilton on the cover. Below: A postcard featuring President Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration in 1917.
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 displaying Pictures of the Year: 75 Years of the World’s Best Photography, thru January 20, 2019. The groundbreaking photography show features seven decades of award-winning images from the archives of Pictures of the Year International(POYi), which is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious photojournalism competitions. The images “depict the people and events that have defined our times, capturing war and peace, disaster and triumph, and the social and cultural shifts that have shaped the past 75 years. The pictures were selected from POYi’s archive of more than 40,000 photos, tracing the evolution of photojournalism from World War II to today.”
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.”