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"RACE: Are We So Different?" Exhibition at the Smithsonian - School Locker Project

National Museum of Natural History
Students from Kimball Elementary School discuss their art installation in the exhibition 'RACE: Are We So Different?' on display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History from June 18, 2011 to January 2, 2012. For more information about the exhibit, visit: http://mnh.si.edu/exhibits/race/.

"Put ZIP in Your Postal System" ZIP Code Video

National Postal Museum
"Put ZIP in Your Postal System" ZIP Code Campaign Public Service Announcement Video produced by the Post Office Department, mid-1960s. Transcript: http://npm.si.edu/zipcodecampaign/video/zip_code_message.pdf ZIP Code Film Transcript provided by Smithsonian National Postal Museum Narrator: This is Mr. Zip. He revolutionized the mail delivery system of the United States with his ZIP Code. The heart of the system is a number – a ZIP Code number. [Text]: 60639 Narrator: Let’s break this one down and see how it works. Each of these five numbers plays an important role. The country is divided into ten sections, and the first number represents one of these sections. In this case, the six stands for part of the Midwest. The next two numbers narrow it down. For instance, the oh six pinpoints Chicago. And the last two numbers? They indicate a final stop before delivery – a local post office. And here it is, the Elmwood Park branch of Chicago, our thirty five. It’s that simple. Call your post office with the ZIP Code numbers you need, and use them here and here for the fastest possible mail delivery. Remember, only you can put ZIP in your postal system. [End]

"Proud of Who I Am": Young children dance malende & tshigombela in Tshitavhadulu Village

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
"Anti-Apartheid Freedom Songs Then and Now" from Smithsonian Folkways Magazine available here:http://goo.gl/WyizJs Young children dance malende & tshigombela in Tshitavhadulu Village, Limpopo, South Africa in August 2009. The soloist malende dancers include Rabelani Rashaka and Rabelani Madzhiabada. The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy (/www.si.edu/copyright/). Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.

"Proud of Who I Am": Children dance at tshigombela practice

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
"Anti-Apartheid Freedom Songs Then and Now" from Smithsonian Folkways Magazine available here: http://goo.gl/WyizJs Children dance at tshigombela practice in Tshirunzanananai Primary School, Limpopo, South Africa, in September 2009. The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy (/www.si.edu/copyright/). Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.

"Proud of Who I Am": Arts and Culture Championship Competition

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
"This Land Is Mine: South African Freedom Songs" from Smithsonian Folkways Magazine available here: http://goo.gl/WyizJs Arts and Culture Championship Competition on Maunavhathu Military Base in Limpopo, South Africa, on September 9th, 2009. The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy (/www.si.edu/copyright/). Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.

"Protect Yourself" - U.S. Postal Inspection Service Video

National Postal Museum
U.S. Postal Inspection Service video. Learn more about the U.S. Postal Inspection Service: https://postalmuseum.si.edu/behindthebadge

"Portraiture Now": Artist Zhang Chun Hong - National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery
Artist Zhang Chun Hong discusses her work in "Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter." The exhibition is on view from August 12, 2011 to October 14, 2012. http://npg.si.edu/exhibit/encounter Through the groundbreaking work of seven talented artists from across the country and around the world, "Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter" offers provocative renditions of the Asian American experience. Their portraits of encounter offer representations against and beyond the stereotypes that have long obscured the complexity of being Asian in America. This exhibition is a collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program.

"Portraits Alive!" 2015 - National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery
The Portraits Alive! program is a dynamic combination of history, visual art, and performance art. Local teens lead a theatrical tour that brings the Portrait Gallery's collection to life through original, student-written performances. This program has been made possible through the generous support of the Honorable Richard Blumenthal and Mrs. Cynthia M. Blumenthal, Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation, and the Reinsch Family Education Endowment. Video Produced by Brittany Jordan Cole, New Media Intern Music: "Feel Good (Instrumental)" by Broke for Free: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Broke_For_Free/ Used under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) License.

"Portraits Alive!" 2013: Teen Theatrical Gallery Tour - National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery
"Portraits Alive!" is a theatrical tour that brings the Portrait Gallery's collection to life through original, student-written performances by local teens. From the end of July through early August, the National Portrait Gallery's Education Department offers an opportunity for youth, ages 14 through 16, to perform a tour of visual biographies for visitors to the museum. Recorded at NPG, August , 2013. Music: "The Gold Lining" by Broke for Free: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Broke_For_Free/Gold_Can_Stay/Broke_For_Free_-_Gold_Can_Stay_-_03_The_Gold_Lining https://soundcloud.com/broke-for-free Used under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) License.

"Portraits Alive!" 2013 -- theatrical gallery tour by teens

National Portrait Gallery
Theatrical tour by local teens that brings the Portrait Gallery's collection to life.

"Portraits Alive!" 2010: Meet the Cast - National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery
Each summer at the National Portrait Gallery, teens from Washington, D.C. lead a theatrical tour that brings the museum's collection to life through original, student-written performances. In this video, meet the 2010 cast -- they performed in late July and early August, 2010. Generously supported by the Reinsch Family Education Endowment. Teen Ambassadors supported by the DC Department of Employment Service's Youth Employment Program.

"Places of Invention" preview video.

Lemelson Center, National Museum of American History
A preview of the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation's "Places of Invention" exhibit, coming soon to the National Museum of American History, July 2015.

"Pillow People" by Quetzal

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Order "The Eternal Getdown" by Quetzal on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings website: https://goo.gl/TrIue0 'The Eternal Getdown,' released on March 10th, 2017, features 18 original compositions performed by a total of 22 musicians, including guests such as Aloe Blacc, Ramón Gutiérrez, Rocío Marrón, César Castro, and Joey De Léon, to name a few. 'The Eternal Getdown' follows Imaginaries, Quetzal's 5th album release and first for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, which was recognized by the Recording Academy with a Grammy Award for "Best Latin Rock, or Urban, or Alternative Album" in 2013. Album Preview: https://goo.gl/TrIue0 About Quetzal: Quetzal is an ensemble of highly talented musicians, joined for the goal of creating good music that tells the social, cultural, political, and musical stories of people in struggle. Martha Gonzalez (lead singer, percussionist, and songwriter) calls it an "East LA Chican@ rock group," summing up its rootedness in the complex cultural currents of life in the barrio, its social activism, its strong feminist stance, and its rock and roll musical beginnings. Besides being a rock band, the group and its members participate in a much larger web of musical, cultural, and political engagement.

"Parallax Gap" Installation Time-lapse

Smithsonian American Art Museum
This short film presents time-lapse footage showing how each layer of FreelandBuck's "Parallax Gap" was assembled, suspended, and elevated into position in the Bettie Rubenstein Grand Salon.”

"Out of Many, One" by artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada

National Portrait Gallery
"Out of Many, One" was commissioned by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and created by Cuban American urban artist, Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada. This giant portrait was placed temporarily on the National Mall from Oct. 4 through Oct. 31, 2014. For the work titled “Out of Many, One,” the English translation of E pluribus unum, Rodríguez-Gerada is using dozens of images of people photographed in Washington, D.C., to create a composite portrait that will be an interactive walk-through experience for visitors and also be viewable from the newly reopened Washington Monument. The work is so large it is also visible via satellite. The project covers 6 acres and falls midway between the World War II and Lincoln memorials along the south side of the Reflecting Pool. “Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada’s work demonstrates that the art of portraiture knows no boundaries,” said Kim Sajet, director of the Portrait Gallery. “Who we are, how we perceive others, those we recognize and those we place in high esteem constantly shifts over time. Portraits and the people they represent can be as big as we are willing to imagine.” Rodríguez-Gerada has translated his drawing into a digital format incorporating parallel lines. Currently each line is being drawn out using TopCon high-precision satellite navigation receivers on the ground. The image is created using different colors of dirt and sand based on these lines. The GPS technology allows the artist to place the large-scale image at the location with high resolution and precision. ““This portrait, a stunning compilation of American faces, reflects the unique composition of the National Mall’s 29 million annual visitors and honors the legacy of diversity that has made this park—and our country—so great,” said Caroline Cunningham, president of the Trust for the National Mall. The installation began in September 2014 and was completed by October 1, 2014. The project required approximately 2,000 tons of sand, 800 tons of soil, 10,000 wooden pegs and 8 miles of string. At the conclusion of the temporary exhibition, the high-quality sand and dirt was tilled back into the soil to help the National Park Service as they move forward with the next phase of turf restoration on the National Mall. The sand-soil composition will leave the grounds in better condition than when the project began. “‘Out of Many, One’ reflects what the National Mall stands for—democracy, diversity and freedom of expression,” said National Mall and Memorial Parks Superintendent Bob Vogel. “It will provide visitors with a unique national park experience and, in keeping with our mission, will improve the soil for better turf in the future. These benefits would not be possible without this unique partnership.” Rodríguez-Gerada, born in Cuba and raised in New Jersey since the age of 3, has worked in this style of urban portraiture since 2002. His art aims to create a dialogue about the concept of identity, and it questions the role models who are chosen to represent people in the public sphere. These works have no negative environmental impact and are created to poetically blend back into the land. All of Rodríguez-Gerada’s large-scale “facescapes” can be seen from space and are part of his TERRESTRIAL series; this is the first placed in the United States. Others have been created in Barcelona, Spain; Amsterdam; and Belfast, Northern Ireland. With great thanks to the individuals and companies who made this project a reality: PARTNERS National Portrait Gallery Trust for the National Mall National Park Service COMPANIES Clark Construction ValleyCrest Landscape Companies Shirley Contracting Company, LLC Bulldog Group Metro Earthworks Chaney Enterprises Topcon A.H. Hatcher, Inc. Jesco Jaleo by José Andrés DONORS Anonymous Tommie L. Pegues and Donald A. Capoccia Carol and John Boochever Irene and Alan Wurtzel Graham Holdings Anonymous Terry Stancill Other Individual Contributors The National Portrait Gallery presents “Out of Many, One,” by Rodríguez-Gerada in partnership with the Trust for the National Mall and the National Park Service.

"Out of Many, One" by artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada

National Portrait Gallery
Giant landscape portrait by artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada.

"Out of Many, One" by Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada Preview - National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery
"Out of Many One" was commissioned by The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and created by Cuban American urban artist, Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada. This giant portrait was placed temporarily on the National Mall; and open to the public Oct. 4 through Oct. 31, 2014. See the full video at: http://youtu.be/PjxK7Vt5eGw For the work titled “Out of Many, One,” the English translation of E pluribus unum, Rodríguez-Gerada is using dozens of images of people photographed in Washington, D.C., to create a composite portrait that will be an interactive walk-through experience for visitors and also be viewable from the newly reopened Washington Monument. The work is so large it is also visible via satellite. The project covers 6 acres and falls midway between the World War II and Lincoln memorials along the south side of the Reflecting Pool. “Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada’s work demonstrates that the art of portraiture knows no boundaries,” said Kim Sajet, director of the Portrait Gallery. “Who we are, how we perceive others, those we recognize and those we place in high esteem constantly shifts over time. Portraits and the people they represent can be as big as we are willing to imagine.” Rodríguez-Gerada has translated his drawing into a digital format incorporating parallel lines. Currently each line is being drawn out using TopCon high-precision satellite navigation receivers on the ground. The image is created using different colors of dirt and sand based on these lines. The GPS technology allows the artist to place the large-scale image at the location with high resolution and precision. ““This portrait, a stunning compilation of American faces, reflects the unique composition of the National Mall’s 29 million annual visitors and honors the legacy of diversity that has made this park—and our country—so great,” said Caroline Cunningham, president of the Trust for the National Mall. The installation began in September and will be completed by the end of the month. The project will require approximately 2,000 tons of sand, 800 tons of soil, 10,000 wooden pegs and 8 miles of string. At the conclusion of the temporary exhibition, the high-quality sand and dirt will be tilled back into the soil to help the National Park Service as they move forward with the next phase of turf restoration on the National Mall. The sand-soil composition will leave the grounds in better condition than when the project began. “‘Out of Many, One’ reflects what the National Mall stands for—democracy, diversity and freedom of expression,” said National Mall and Memorial Parks Superintendent Bob Vogel. “It will provide visitors with a unique national park experience and, in keeping with our mission, will improve the soil for better turf in the future. These benefits would not be possible without this unique partnership.” Rodríguez-Gerada, born in Cuba and raised in New Jersey since the age of 3, has worked in this style of urban portraiture since 2002. His art aims to create a dialogue about the concept of identity, and it questions the role models who are chosen to represent people in the public sphere. These works have no negative environmental impact and are created to poetically blend back into the land. All of Rodríguez-Gerada’s large-scale “facescapes” can be seen from space and are part of his TERRESTRIAL series; this is the first placed in the United States. Others have been created in Barcelona, Spain; Amsterdam; and Belfast, Northern Ireland. The work has come together in large part due to a group of in-kind donors, including Clark Construction, Chaney Enterprises, The Bulldog Group, Alvin Hatcher Group and Topcon, with consulting assistance from Terry Stancill. The National Portrait Gallery presents “Out of Many, One,” by Rodríguez-Gerada in partnership with the Trust for the National Mall and the National Park Service.

"Out of Many, One" -- preview

National Portrait Gallery
Giant landscape portrait by artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada.

"One Life: Echoes of Elvis" - National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery
"Echoes of Elvis," a one-room exhibition by the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, opened on on January 8, 2010, marking the seventy-fifth anniversary of Elvis Presleys birth. View the exhibit online at: http://npg.si.edu/exhibit/elvis Although Elvis died more than thirty years ago, the world remains fascinated with his image and music. His records have continued to sell by the millions and public interest in his music, career and life has yet to subside. During the last half century, Elvis became part of the country's artistic discourse as well. Early in Elviss career, Andy Warhol illuminated the role he played in the new and youth-powered popular American culture; later, Ralph Wolfe Cowan, Red Grooms, and others created mythical, spiritual, and earthly images of the man whose legacy includes multiple superlative moments in music, entertainment, life, and afterlife. To this day, both the historical Elvis Presley and the fantasy-based vision of Elvis are the subject of poetry, literature, music, film, and the visual arts. In this video, curator Warren Perry gives a short tour of the exhibit.

"Nowhere to Run" - U.S. Postal Inspection Service Video

National Postal Museum
Law enforcement agencies from around the globe are joining together to stop international fraud. Criminals who thought they were safe from arrest are being extradited thanks to the work of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. This U.S. Postal Inspection Service video tells the story of the international efforts to stops these "long distance" scams and provides tips on how you can avoid being tricked by these criminals. Learn more about the U.S. Postal Inspection Service: https://postalmuseum.si.edu/behindthebadge

"No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man" at the Renwick Gallery

Smithsonian American Art Museum
"No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man" brings the large-scale, participatory work from this desert gathering to the nation’s capital for the first time. The exhibition takes over the entire Renwick Gallery building and surrounding neighborhood, bringing alive the maker culture and creative spirit of this cultural movement.

"No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man" - Scott Froschauer

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Experimental artist Scott Froschauer’s “Word on the Street” project employs the materials and visual language of street signs, whose messages have been replaced by the artist with positive, affirming and inspirational language.

"No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man" - Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Husband and wife artists, Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson, (who married at Burning Man in 2011) create detailed, tactile, often whimsical large-scale artworks, including the penny-covered grizzly bears, Ursa Major (2016) and Ursa Mater (2017).

"No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man" - Michael Garlington and Natalia Bertotti

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Michael Garlington and Natalia Bertotti discuss ideas behind their collaborative artwork, "Paper Arch," a paper and wood structure with photographic elements, which continues the artists’ examination of architectural structures.
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