Post image for The Elegant Architecture of Airport Control Towers

Beginning in 2006, Smithsonian photographer Carolyn Russo journeyed through 23 countries, documenting the one structure nearly every traveler arriving by air sees: the airport tower.

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Post image for A Sign the Smithsonian Is Getting Nervous About Cosby Exhibition

In the wake of new controversy over AP’s discovery that the Cosbys bankrolled the entire show, the Smithsonian has finally mustered up the courage to take some visible form of action.

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Post image for Bill and Camille Cosby Funded the Smithsonian’s Exhibition of Their Art

Over the past few months, the Smithsonian has been criticized for not addressing the rape claims leveled against Bill Cosby.

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Post image for Protesters Demand Smithsonian Kick David Koch Off National Museum of Natural History Board,

WASHINGTON, DC — Chanting “kick Koch off the board” and lifting signs with slogans like, “climate deniers out of science museums,” a crowd of protesters picketed in front of the Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle) just after 12:30pm.

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Post image for Smithsonian Digitizes 40,000 Artworks from Asia

Beginning today, art lovers around the world can peruse the entire collections of two Smithsonian Asian art museums from the comfort of their homes.

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Post image for Rare Portraits of Kings and Commoners from 20th-Century Nigeria

For over five decades Chief Solomon Osagie Alonge photographed the royal court and everyday life of Benin, Nigeria. Drawing on their collection of over 2,000 glass plate and large format film negatives, as well as around 100 prints, the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art is exhibiting some of his rarely seen photographs.

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Artist’s Diaries Since 1865

by Laura C. Mallonee on October 6, 2014

A Day in the Life: Artists' Diaries from the Archives of American Art

From Vincent Van Gogh to Joseph Cornell, writing has always been a crucial part of the artist’s life.

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Post image for The Arrows of the Last Yahi Indian, Who Chose to Live Out His Final Days in a Museum

It’s just a couple of arrows, but the pair of slender wood weapons are a reminder of a man who chose to live the rest of his life in museum rather than a reservation.

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What It Is to Be Cool in America

by Allison Meier on May 30, 2014

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What is cool and why do Americans care so much? That’s the hinge on which the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has fixed American Cool — an exhibition of portraiture that opened in February — and its accompanying catalogue.

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Post image for Thunderbirds and Underwater Panthers in an Overlooked American Indian Art History

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York is holding the first major survey of art by Anishinaabe artists in the Great Lakes region, with over a hundred works from artists both contemporary and ancient, all linked by the 10,000-year history of human settlement in the area.

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