SITES: 65 Years and Counting

Special thanks to our colleagues at the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) for this guest post.

Since our founding in 1951, we have traveled over 1,500 exhibitions to more than 13,300 host venues, and we’re still counting. When was the last time you hosted a SITES exhibition? Let us know of your interest in our latest offerings listed below and you’ll be among the first to receive more information as it becomes available.

Here’s what’s new:

Drought damage on Walnut Creek Ranch in CA in 2014. USDA photo by Cynthia Mendoza.

Drought damage on Walnut Creek Ranch in CA in 2014. USDA photo by Cynthia Mendoza.

H20 Today
Water is the most vital resource for life. Through immersive content, interactives and digital media, H20 Today explores the diversity and challenges of our global water sources. This fully designed, build-it-yourself exhibition is licensed and provided to host venues as print-ready graphic files, detailed design drawings, videos and computer interactives. Host venues can choose from a suite of engaging interactives and build what works best for your museum.

Dolores Huerta with bullhorn by Jon Lewis, gelatin silver print, 1965. ©Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Books & Manuscript Library

Dolores Huerta with bullhorn by Jon Lewis, gelatin silver print, 1965. ©Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Books & Manuscript Library

Dolores Huerta
Presidential Medal of Freedom-winner Dolores Huerta has shined in many roles over her celebrated life: teacher, human rights activist, civil rights pioneer, and National Farm Workers Association (later the United Farm Workers) co-founder. Huerta is an integral figure in women’s history, Latino history and American history, and SITES is proud to announce plans for a new exhibition that will explore her life, inspirations, and her social activism with César Chavez in the 1960s and 70s. Featuring bilingual text (Spanish and English), reproductions of historic and personal photographs and documents, stunning graphics, select videos, and supplemental educational resources, the exhibition is a collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

National Museum of African American History and Culture Courtesy of Freelon Adjaye Bond/Smithgroup

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Courtesy of Freelon Adjaye Bond/Smithgroup

National Museum of African American History and Culture Poster Exhibition
SITES is proud to work with the National Museum of African American History and Culture to create an historic, limited-edition poster exhibition to celebrate the opening of the newest Smithsonian museum on September 24, 2016.  Based on the Museum’s inaugural exhibitions exploring African American history, culture and community, the poster exhibition will be accompanied by a broad range of programming ideas and educational resources to help venues connect to the Museum’s opening events.  A limited number of poster exhibition sets will be available by request beginning early this summer. Check sites.si.edu to learn more.

Last Painting, 1985-1993 Robert De Niro, Sr. Courtesy Estate of Robert De Niro, Sr.

Last Painting, 1985-1993
Robert De Niro, Sr.
Courtesy Estate of Robert De Niro, Sr.

The Art of Robert De Niro, Sr.
As New York City emerged as the center of the contemporary art world in the 1940s and 50s, a small group of artists achieved fame and became known as the New York School. SITES reintroduces the work of one of its members, Robert De Niro, Sr. (1922-1993). This retrospective, comprised of the artist’s most important works spanning several decades, will explore De Niro’s importance as an American artist, illuminate his personal artistic journey and critique the schools of art represented in his works. The Art of Robert De Niro, Sr. is organized in cooperation with the Estate of Robert De Niro, Sr. and DC Moore Gallery.

For additional information on any of these exhibitions, please contact us at sites_schedule@si.edu or 202.633.3140. Highlight your special connection to the Smithsonian by hosting a SITES exhibition!

Traveling to the AAM Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. later this month? Don’t forget to stop by SITES’ Booth #7045 for more information about our offerings, plus fun giveaways and raffle prizes. You’ll also have the chance to connect with SITES and Affiliations staff.

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