Smithsonian Associates Explores the 1920s in New Program Series

Smithsonian Associates presents a new series of educational programs, “The 1920s: Daring To Be Modern,” highlighting the years that followed World War I when the world was fascinated by the new. It was an era marked by creativity, innovation and excitement, fueled by new freedoms and a rush to embrace the modern.

painting of black musicians by Romare Bearden

Hirshhorn Announces Programs for “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors”

“Kusama on Screen” Film Series Includes Rare Documentary Footage, 1960s Art Films

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden will present the “Kusama on Screen” film series, talks and family events in conjunction with the major exhibition “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” (Feb. 23–May 14).

Woman lying on floor of mirrored room

“Senses of Time: Video and Film-Based Works of Africa” Examines How Time Is Experienced and Produced by the Body

Exhibition Features Six Internationally Recognized African Artists

“Senses of Time: Video and Film-Based Works of Africa” will be on view at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art May 18 through Jan. 2, 2017. The exhibition features six internationally recognized African artists and examines how time is experienced and produced by the body. Bodies stand, climb, dance and dissolve in seven works of video and film art.


Joint Statement of the Smithsonian Institution and the Cuban National Council of Cultural Heritage

  • Gran Teatro de La Habana (Havana Great Theater)
  • Cuban party: Gladys Collazo, Chairman of the National Council of Cultural Heritage
  • American party: David J. Skorton, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution

Smithsonian and Yale University Sign Memorandum of Understanding To Create a Partnership for Research and Public Engagement

The Smithsonian and Yale University signed a memorandum of understanding April 12 that formalizes the long-standing relationship between the two organizations. The MOU capitalizes on the institutions’ strong intellectual and programmatic connections and seeks to engage broad and diverse audiences and address issues of global significance.

Yale MOU signing

Recent Acquisitions: Nov. 2015

Credit line: Mathilde Krim by Annie Leibovitz, archival pigment print, 1998 (printed 2014). National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Gift of amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, in honor of our Founding Chairman, Dr. Mathilde Krim

Nuevos retratos se exhibirán en la Galería Nacional de Retratos del Smithsonian

29 obras de arte en “Adquisiciones Recientes”

Historia, ciencia, música, literatura, arte, lucha social, cultura y deportes convergen en la nueva instalación de “Adquisiciones Recientes” en la Galería Nacional de Retratos del Smithsonian. La exposición anual estará expuesta del 6 de noviembre al 30 de octubre 2016.

New Portraits Displayed at the National Portrait Gallery

29 Objects in “Recent Acquisitions”

History, science, music, literature, art, social struggle, culture and sports converge in the new installation of “Recent Acquisitions” at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The annual exhibition will be on view from Nov. 6 through Oct. 30, 2016.

: Mathilde Krim by Annie Leibovitz, archival pigment print, 1998 (printed 2014).

New Trustee Joleen Julis and Mitch Julis Donate $2 Million to Hirshhorn's "Future Fund"

The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden announced today that it has received a substantial gift of $2 million—the single largest individual donor gift in the museum’s history—from Joleen Julis, who joined the board of trustees in October 2014, and her husband, Mitch Julis.

Internationally Renowned Artists and Curators Speak at the Hirshhorn this Season

Fall 2015 Programs Include Sir Anish Kapoor, Rachel Harrison and MoMA Director Glenn Lowry; Shirin Neshat Returns

The fall season of public programs at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden begins Sept. 2. Events will be held at the museum’s Ring Auditorium. All are free of charge. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.