From the Smithsonian blog which highlights some of the limitations of how we assess the successes and failures of exhibition layout and route design and suggests ways to improve/expand how we evaluate.
Kriston Capps reports that the iPad protesters previously banned from the Smithsonian are returning to the site of their crimes. This time, artists Michael Blasenstein and Michael Iacovone will stage a fully legal protest by parking a trailer outside the National Portrait Gallery and screening Wojnarowicz’s censored video inside…. READ MORE.
The Smithsonian is leading a team of cultural organizations to help the Haitian government assess, recover and restore Haiti’s cultural materials damaged by the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake. A building in Port-au-Prince that once housed the United Nations Development Programme will be leased by the Smithsonian and will serve as a temporary conservation site where objects retrieved from the rubble can be assessed, conserved and stored.
Smithsonian American Art Museum objects conservator Hugh Shockey is traveling with several other Smithsonian employees on the recovery team, and has been sending us updates and pictures of the tasks at hand. Hopefully, with the hard work of Hugh and his colleagues, Haitian conservators can be trained to take over the restoration and protection of objects displaced by the earthquake, ensuring their safety and preserving Haiti’s rich heritage for generations to come.