More thanÂ 25 amazing and unique artifacts are on the move from the Smithsonian to Affiliates in six states,Â from September to November this year.Â This concentration of extraordinary activity gives testament to months (and sometimes years!) of hard work and planning by Smithsonian and Affiliate staffs alike.Â
â€œAmericans unable to visit the Smithsonian in Washington now have an opportunity to see some amazing Smithsonian artifacts from our collections in their own communities,” said Harold Closter, Affiliations Director.Â â€œSomething special happens when an artifact returns to its location of origin or joins an exhibit where it can be seen in a new context.Â Thanks to our Affiliates, the Smithsonian has a strong, visible presence in every part of our country.”
From the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY:
The fall season kicked off in Kentucky, site of the 2010 World Equestrian Games.Â The International Museum of the Horse borrowed the complete skeleton of Lexington, the most famous 19th-century American racehorse, returning him to his birthplace 160 years later.Â Â Read more about this amazing loan in the upcoming Fall 2010 edition ofÂ The Affiliate newsletter.Â
Isn’t Monopoly the way most of us learned about finance and economics?Â A solid gold, jewel-encrusted Monopoly game from the Museumâ€™s gem collection was unveiled with great fanfare in October at the Museum of American Finance on Wall Street in New York City.Â While students competed in a Monopoly tournament, the artifactâ€™s creator, jeweler Sidney Mobell, spoke about this one-of-a-kind artwork.Â Â Â
From the SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM:
Artist Richmond Bartheâ€™s bronze sculpture Blackberry Woman will soon be on view at the Ohr-Oâ€™Keefe Museum in Biloxi, Mississippi for the inaugural exhibition in its new African American gallery.Â Barthe grew up in Mississippi, and was inspired by the women he encountered there in his childhood.Â Â How elegantly appropriate for this sculpture to return to the genesis of its inspiration!
In November, the Museo de Arte de Puerto RicoÂ will display three paintings from SAAMâ€™s Vidal Collection by legendary 18- 19th-century Puerto Rican Old Master, JosÃ© Campeche.Â These inclusions in a definitive retrospective of Campecheâ€™s work represent the first loans ever between these two important art museums, a signficiant accomplishment.
Likewise, SAAMâ€™s painting by Charmion von Wiegand â€œNothing that is wrong in principle can be right in practiceâ€ will be part of the Rubin Museumâ€™s Grain of Emptiness: Buddhism-inspired Contemporary Art exhibition, the Museumâ€™s first loan to this NYC Affiliate.
Â From the ARCHIVES CENTER at the National Museum of American History:Â Â
The Archives Center is making a significant contribution to the Sousa Archives and Center for American Musicâ€™s Sousa and His League of Players: Americaâ€™s Music and the Golden Age of Baseball exhibition, marking the 100th anniversary of the Sousa Bandâ€™s World Tour.Â With 11 baseball cards (including Ty Cobbâ€™s) and several examples of illustrated sheet music (including Oh! You Babe Ruth and Stars of the National Game music), this exhibition will be the core of the Universityâ€™s 2010 American Music Month Celebration.
From the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN:
In an unexpected request, the Museum has loaned a 19th-century Sioux flute and hide scraper from the Dakota Territory to the National Museum of American Jewish History.Â Whatâ€™s the connection?Â When NMAJH opens its brand new building on Independence Mall this November, part of the history it will tell is the western expansion of Jewish Americans, and the kinds of peoples and objects they encountered along the way.Â Â Â
And from the MUSEUM CONSERVATION INSTITUTE:
MCIâ€™s extraordinary object, the Ten Thousand Springs Pavilion, made its way between two Affiliates this fall, from Texas to Flushing, New York.Â Flushing Town Hall is located in one of New York Cityâ€™s largest Asian communities, a perfect context for this 1:5 scale model replica from the Imperial Garden in the Forbidden City in Bejing.Â Read more about the deinstallation and NYC installation of this object.
THANK YOU to all of our Smithsonian colleagues for their work on these loans, and for our Affiliate friends who so consistently collaborate with us to bring the Smithsonian to their neighborhoods.