Previously, the Smithsonian held that its museums were entitled to retain an artifact so long as its provenance rested on solid legal ground.
“Unfortunately many remain unaware of the crucial role we’ve played throughout our history,” said Congresswoman Grace Meng, who sponsored the bill.
The institution says it will return most of the 39 artifacts in its collection to Nigeria for eventual display at the Benin City National Museum.
Other major museums, like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, still require visitors to be masked indoors.
It will be the “largest collection of statues of women ever assembled together,” the institution said.
A written agreement between the two sides lacks a “Morals Clause,” barring the museum from removing the billionaire’s name if scandal hits.
Also included are plans for two site-specific projects that were never fully realized: “Sky Mound” (1984–) and “Solar Web” (1984–89).
The National Museum of American History is seeking first-person accounts for Stories of 2020, a time capsule about the whirlwind year.
A crowdsourced transcription project hopes to make the lives of women artists, art historians, art dealers, and gallery owners easier to keyword search and read.
A new study evaluates Latino representation across the institution. One of the authors, Chon Noriega, discusses the results and why they are indicative of a widespread problem in the art world.
Ikat patterns have become enormously popular in both fashion and interior design. But most consumers seem to be ignorant of the textile’s cultural origins.
The Smithsonian is the first museum complex to integrate the interactive androids.