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<P>Maskette, 1780-1830. Tsimshian, British ColumbiaWood, copper, opercula shell, pigment7 1/10 × 5 15/16 x 3 9/16 in. Diker no. 681 Courtesy American Federation of Arts.</P>

Maskette, 1780-1830. Tsimshian, British Columbia
Wood, copper, opercula shell, pigment
7 1/10 × 5 15/16 x 3 9/16 in.
Diker no. 681
Courtesy American Federation of Arts.

Indigenous Beauty
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES  •  Seattle Art Museum,  •  12 February - 17 May 2015
 

Drawn from the celebrated Native American art collection of Charles and Valerie Diker, Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection is organized by the American Federation of Arts (AFA) and features 122 masterworks representing tribes and First Nations across the North American continent.

Selections from the collection have been presented previously at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1998–2000) and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (2004-6).



Seattle Art Museum Website


Contact:

Seattle Art Museum 
1300 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101


Tel: (1) 206.654.3100

<P>Hiroshi Sugimoto: <EM>Surface of Revolution with Constant Negative Curvature</EM> (Conceptual Form 0010), 2004Gelatin-silver print, 58 3/4 x 47 in. Collection of the Artist, New York.</P>

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Surface of Revolution with Constant Negative Curvature (Conceptual Form 0010), 2004
Gelatin-silver print, 58 3/4 x 47 in.
Collection of the Artist, New York.

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Conceptual Forms and Mathematical Models
WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES  •  The Phillips Collection  •  7 February - 10 May 2015
 
This exhibition features five photographs and three sculptures by the Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto (b. 1948). This is the first exhibition to contrast Sugimoto’s mathematical photographs of 19th-century mathematical plaster models inspired by Man Ray with his own aluminum or stainless-steel mathematical models crafted with computer-controlled, precision milling machines.

The Phillips Collection Website


Contact: The Phillips Collection
1600 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: (1) 202 387 21 51

<P>Piero di Cosimo: <EM>Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints Elizabeth of Hungary, Catherine of Alexandria, Peter, and John the Evangelist with Angels</EM>, 1493Oil and tempera on panel203 x 197 cm (79 7/8 x 77 1/2 in.)Museo degli Innocenti, Florence</P>

Piero di Cosimo: Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints Elizabeth of Hungary, Catherine of Alexandria, Peter, and John the Evangelist with Angels, 1493
Oil and tempera on panel
203 x 197 cm (79 7/8 x 77 1/2 in.)
Museo degli Innocenti, Florence

Piero di Cosimo: The Poetry of Painting in Renaissance Florence
WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES  •  National Gallery of Art  •  1 February - 3 May 2015
 

The first major retrospective exhibition ever presented of paintings by the Italian Renaissance master Piero di Cosimo (1462–1522) is currently on view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Piero di Cosimo: The Poetry of Painting in Renaissance Florence showcases some 44 of the artist's most compelling works. With themes ranging from the pagan to the divine, the works include loans from churches in Italy and one of his greatest masterpieces, Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints Elizabeth of Hungary, Catherine of Alexandria, Peter, and John the Evangelist with Angels (completed by 1493), from the Museo degli Innocenti, Florence. (see image at left).



National Gallery of Art website


Contact: The National Gallery of Art 
National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets NW
Washington, DC
Tel: (1) l 202 737 42 15

Seth Eastman (1808–1875), <EM>Hunting the Buffalo in Winter</EM>Plate 10, printed by R. HinshelwoodFrom the collections of the Nicollet County Historical Society.
Seth Eastman (1808–1875), Hunting the Buffalo in Winter
Plate 10, printed by R. Hinshelwood
From the collections of the Nicollet County Historical Society.
Commemorating Controversy: The Dakota–U.S. War of 1862
WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES  •  The National Museum of the American Indian  •  14 January - 29 December 2015
 

In the late summer of 1862, a war raged across southern Minnesota between Dakota akicitas (warriors) and the U.S. military and immigrant settlers. In the end, hundreds were dead and thousands more would lose their homes forever. On December 26, 1862, 38 Dakota men were hung in Mankato, Minnesota, by order of President Abraham Lincoln. This remains the largest mass execution in United States history. The bloodshed of 1862 and its aftermath left deep wounds that have yet to heal. What happened 150 years ago continues to matter today.

Commemorating Controversy: The Dakota–U.S. War of 1862—an exhibition of 12 panels that explores the causes, voices, events, and long-lasting consequences of the conflict.



The National Museum of the American Indian Website


Contact: The National Museum of the American Indian
Fourth Street & Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20560
Tel: (1) 202 633 10 00

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Smithsonian GardensRhyncholaeliocattleya Owen HolmesPhoto: Bryan Ramsay
Smithsonian Gardens
Rhyncholaeliocattleya Owen Holmes
Photo: Bryan Ramsay
Orchids: Interlocking Science and Beauty
WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES  •  National Museum of Natural History  •  24 January - 26 April 2015
 

The exhibition explores the connections between botany, horticulture and technology and examines how new ideas and inventions change the way people study, protect and enjoy orchids. Hundreds of living specimens from the renowned Smithsonian Gardens’ Orchid Collection and the U.S. Botanic Garden.

Orchids: Interlocking Science and Beauty, takes visitors on a journey from past to present, starting in the Victorian era during the height of orchid exploration and discovery. The journey continues through the 19th century as orchid collecting grew into “orchidelirium,” when private collections filled ornate greenhouses and a single orchid could cost thousands of dollars.

As the exhibit concludes, visitors are given a glimpse into the future, where new orchid discoveries and innovations take place on a molecular level. DNA sequencing of individual orchid species may help scientists better understand the complicated evolutionary relationships among the estimated 25,000 species in this family.



Smithsonian: National Museum of Natural History


Contact: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
10th Street and Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
Tel: (1) 202 633 10 00



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