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August 12, 2013 | By David Ng
A set of 100 photographs by the late Irving Penn is being donated to the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington. The photos, which are being given by the Irving Penn Foundation, include rare street photographs dating from the 1930s and '40s, images of post-war Europe, and portraits of celebrated figures including Truman Capote, Agnes de Mille and Langston Hughes. The Smithsonian said all of the prints in the set were created while Penn was alive and were personally approved by him. The museum said it will organize an exhibition devoted to Penn, consisting of approximately 160 works, that will open in the fall of 2015, followed by a tour.
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April 15, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
WASHINGTON -- After a grueling 48-hour drive from Montana, the capital's latest transplant -- a 38-foot long, 66 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton -- got to rest its bones Tuesday at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. The Smithsonian's newest acquisition is one of the largest and most complete specimens in the world, and it will be the museum's first real T. rex skeleton on display. “What could be more fabulous than welcoming a Tyrannosaurus rex to Washington D.C.?
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April 27, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Art is in the eye of the beholder, or in the case of the Smithsonian's new exhibit, the gamer. “The Art of Video Games” takes game-boys and -girls through four decades of video game history showcasing interviews of early game creators and footage of close-ups of people's responses to game play. Like placing Picasso's collages amid Cubist counterparts, the exhibit puts early games into industrial context, as well as it represents a variety of different consoles including Nintendo, Xbox and PlayStation.
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April 3, 2014 | By David Ng
The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum - one of Washington's most reliable tourist attractions - is receiving a $30-million gift from Boeing and will use the money to renovate its main exhibition space that serves as home to such icons of aviation as the Wright Brothers' airplane and Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis. Officials at the Smithsonian made the announcement Thursday, saying that the renovation is expected to be completed in 2016, the museum's 40th anniversary.
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March 8, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Batman mask worn by George Clooney , the slinky Catwoman suit worn by Halle Berry and other Hollywood film items will be donated to a Smithsonian museum on Friday (today). In an afternoon ceremony in Washington, D.C. , Warner Bros. Chairman Barry Meyer is scheduled to turn over more than 30 artifacts from 13 of his studio's films to the National Museum of American History . The pieces are dominated by superheroes but draw on a little of the studio's past, too. Among the items being donated to the Smithsonian are the overcoat worn by Bette Davis in "Now, Voyager" (1942)
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March 16, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The Smithsonian Institution named the president of Georgia Tech as the new leader of the museum complex beleaguered by financial scandals. G. Wayne Clough, an engineer by training, will become the 12th secretary of the world's largest museum and research complex on July 1, assuming control of an institution that has been in turmoil in the last year. Clough, 66, called the institution "a treasure" and "a great integrator of knowledge" from different subject areas. The Smithsonian, which includes the National Zoo and the National Air and Space Museum, has much in common with a university, Clough said.
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May 21, 2008 | From the Washington Post
How much did it cost 20th Century Fox to use "Night at the Museum 2: Escape From the Smithsonian" in a movie title? The studio ponied up $550,000, according to figures released by the institution. It's the first time the Smithsonian name has appeared in a title produced for theatrical distribution -- not just any movie, of course, but the sequel to "Night at the Museum," which grossed $250 million when it came out two years ago. The studio approached the Smithsonian about setting the film in D.C., and officials spent six months reading scripts until approving the final version last month.
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January 18, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Stephen Colbert was denied last year when he tried to run for president in South Carolina. Now, after lobbying for it on his Comedy Central show, "The Colbert Report," the fake TV pundit is getting some love from the city of his birth. His portrait was hung Wednesday at the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery in Washington for a six-week showing in what the museum considers an "appropriate place" -- right between the bathrooms near the "America's Presidents" exhibit.
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April 15, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
WASHINGTON -- After a grueling 48-hour drive from Montana, the capital's latest transplant -- a 38-foot long, 66 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton -- got to rest its bones Tuesday at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. The Smithsonian's newest acquisition is one of the largest and most complete specimens in the world, and it will be the museum's first real T. rex skeleton on display. “What could be more fabulous than welcoming a Tyrannosaurus rex to Washington D.C.?
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October 15, 2009 | Associated Press
The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History plans to open a hall next year dedicated to the story of human evolution over 6 million years, officials announced Wednesday. The nearly $21-million Hall of Human Origins will follow milestones in history -- when humans started walking upright and started speaking, for example -- as well as the effect of climate change and extinction of ancient species. It's scheduled to open on March 17, 2010, marking the museum's 100th anniversary on the National Mall.
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March 12, 2014 | Tony Perry
Like many Americans of his generation, Kurt Chew-Een Lee was eager to fight in World War II. He left college at age 18 to enlist in the Marine Corps. Beyond a deeply felt patriotism, Lee had a personal motive: "I wanted to dispel the notion about the Chinese being meek, bland and obsequious," he told The Times in 2010. Rather than a combat billet, he was assigned as a language instructor in San Diego teaching Japanese. He was deeply disappointed but decided to remain in the Marine Corps after the war. He became an officer, one of the first Asian American officers in the Marine Corps.
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March 10, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
This post has been updated. Please see below for details. David J. Skorton, a cardiologist who's spent the past decade as president of Cornell University and the University of Iowa, will be the next head of the Smithsonian Institution starting in July 2015. Skorton, 64, will be the first physician to serve as secretary of the Smithsonian, a federal department that runs a diverse array of cultural sites and research programs literally extending from A (eight museums and galleries devoted to art and design)
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January 9, 2014 | By Anne Harnagel
Art lovers and aficionados of all things nautical will find much to appreciate in this August cruise along the coast of Maine. Artists Winslow Homer, Thomas Cole and the Wyeths all were inspired by its beauty, which Smithsonian Journeys showcases in a seven-night cruise to some of the state's most picturesque ports, including Bar Harbor, Castine, Camden, Boothbay Harbor and Bath. Museum visits include tours of the Portland Museum of Art and its works by Homer and Frederic Church, the Penobscot Marine Museum , the Farnsworth Art Museum and its Wyeth Center and the Maine Maritime Museum.
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November 26, 2013 | By Nicole Charky
Local Armenian leaders on Tuesday used an appearance by President Obama at the DreamWorks Animation studio to request that the White House allow a Smithsonian display of a rug handmade by refugee orphans of the mass genocide about a century ago. It took about 10 months for Armenian genocide survivors living at an American-sponsored orphanage to weave and knot the 12-foot-by-18-foot rug, which was scheduled to be displayed at the Smithsonian Castle...
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October 1, 2013 | By David Ng
The Smithsonian closed its doors Tuesday as parts of the federal government shut down after Congress failed to reach an agreement on spending, All Smithsonian museums, as well as the National Zoo in Washington, have closed until further notice.  Tuesday's shutdown affects all 18 Smithsonian organizations in Washington -- including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Air and Space Museum -- and two in New York. In addition, national monuments were also in the process of closing on Tuesday, according to reports.  CRITICS' PICKS: What to watch, where to go, what to eat On Monday, the Senate rejected the latest budget proposal from the House of Representatives.
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October 1, 2013 | By Evan Halper
They had come a long way to see the giant pandas. Several thousand miles, in fact. But when Muscovites John Boyko and Corina Naraevskaya strolled up leafy Connecticut Avenue to the entrance of the National Zoo Tuesday, they were confronted with a locked gate and a large white sign: “All Smithsonian Museums and the National Zoo are closed today due to the government shutdown.” “We are a little bit shocked,” said Naraevskaya. The couple's prospect for a glimpse of the cuddly giant animals chomping on bamboo looked grim for this trip.
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June 7, 1986 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Smithsonian Institution, citing security concerns, today will start to bar public parking in underground garages in the popular National Air and Space Museum and at the nearby National Museum of American History. The changes, announced Friday, at the height of the tourist season, mean that public parking spaces near the six Smithsonian museums along the Mall will be reduced to 300 from 367 on weekdays and to 320 from 800 on weekends.
OPINION
December 3, 2010
With conservative Republicans on the ascendency in the aftermath of last month's elections, the nation may be headed for a second round of the 1990s war on publicly funded art. Its opening shots were fired this week at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. Officials at the gallery removed a four-minute video by the late artist David Wojnarowicz following complaints from the Catholic League and congressional leaders such as incoming House Speaker John A. Boehner (R- Ohio)
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September 18, 2013 | By Alexei Koseff
G. Wayne Clough, who announced Wednesday that he will step down as the head of the Smithsonian Institution in October 2014, arrived at the museums at a time when it was threatened by scandals and a crumbling infrastructure. Clough, a civil engineer and former president of the Georgia Institute of Technology, joined the Smithsonian in July 2008. He has worked to bring the 167-year-old museums and research institution, which receive more than 30 million visitors per year, into the modern era. His predecessor as secretary, banker Lawrence M. Small, had resigned the previous year after it was revealed that he was using Smithsonian money to fund private travel and buy expensive gifts.
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