Tag: Smithsonian Institution

The Artist Painting Unwitting New York Subway Riders

Devon Rodriguez’s bedroom in his grandmother’s South Bronx apartment looks like any 23-year-old’s space might: a flat-screen television hangs on the wall, a checkered duvet cover rests atop a lofted bed and black drapes dangle in the window, ready to hide the sunlight. But set up in the corner are the wooden easel and erstwhile […]

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Ed Clark, Pioneering Abstract Expressionist Painter, Dies at 93

Ed Clark, an African-American expressionist painter who used a broom and bold colors to capture the natural world and to convey emotions about the racial injustice of the 1960s, earning him international acclaim, has died. He was 93 and lived in Detroit. His death was announced Friday by Hauser & Wirth, which represents Mr. Clark […]

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Vogue Beyoncé Portrait Heading to Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

A striking portrait of Beyoncé, shot by the rising photographer Tyler Mitchell for Vogue’s all-important September issue last year, is on its way to the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington. Mr. Mitchell, who is the first African-American photographer and one of the youngest to shoot a cover for Vogue, announced the news online on […]

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‘Would Dad Approve?’ Neil Armstrong’s Heirs Divide Over a Lucrative Legacy

Last fall, Neil Armstrong’s two sons began a round of media appearances to promote a venture that would make them millions of dollars: a series of auctions of about 3,000 mementos from their father’s moon mission and NASA career. “One Giant Sale” was CNBC’s headline, playing on the astronaut’s famous line, as Mark and Rick […]

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Where Are All the Bob Ross Paintings? We Found Them.

Watched the video? Here are a few more details. What will be in the Smithsonian? Bob Ross made three versions of each painting that appeared on “The Joy of Painting.” The first was made before the show, to be used as a reference. He painted the second during the 26-minute taping, sometimes with last-minute improvisations. […]

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Drawings by Migrant Children in Texas Catch the Smithsonian’s Eye

At a Catholic respite center in McAllen, Tex., last month, three children put marker to canvas and created little works of art. The children were migrants who had recently been released from the custody of United States Customs and Border Protection, and their drawings recalled conditions at their detention facilities. All three pieces are dominated […]

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To Map a Coral Reef, Peel Back the Seawater

Coral reefs comprise just 1 percent of the ocean floor yet they are home to 25 percent of the world’s marine fish, a growing source of protein for people. But reefs are imperiled by a range of threats including warming waters, acidifying seas, destructive fishing methods, and agricultural and other runoff. Moreover, scientists have only […]

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Leader of Smithsonian’s African American Museum to Direct Entire Institution

Lonnie G. Bunch III, the museum leader who opened the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture to critical applause and huge crowds, will serve as the next secretary of the entire Smithsonian, its most senior position. Mr. Bunch, 66, will be the first historian and the first African-American to oversee the Smithsonian’s […]

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