All posts tagged Smithsonian

(NCR) At new Smithsonian African-American history and culture museum, Catholic stories emerge

My article “At new Smithsonian African-American history and culture museum, Catholic stories emerge” appears in National Catholic Reporter.

(Smithsonian) A Tweet Is Just a Ritz Cracker, But an IMAX Film Is a Steak Dinner

My article “A Tweet Is Just a Ritz Cracker, But an IMAX Film Is a Steak Dinner” appears in Smithsonian magazine. Here’s the lede: When producers for the TIME and PBS documentary “A Year in Space” interviewed astronaut Terry Virts from space, the self-declared camera guy, who at age 10 was already the owner of […]

(Smithsonian magazine) “A Man With a Lot of Heart Valves Donates His Unusual Collection”

My article “A Man With a Lot of Heart Valves Donates His Unusual Collection” appears in Smithsonian magazine.

(Smithsonian) The Scandalous Story Behind the Beguiling and Provocative 19th-Century Sculpture “Greek Slave”

My article “The Scandalous Story Behind the Beguiling and Provocative 19th-Century Sculpture ‘Greek Slave’” appears in Smithsonian magazine.

(National Catholic Reporter) Exhibit questions if Dante ‘belongs’ to Catholics

My review, “Exhibit questions whether Dante ‘belongs’ to Catholics,” of the National Museum of African Art’s exhibit “The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists,” appears in National Catholic Reporter. Here’s a selection: With recent trends in Christianity envisioning divine love and mercy trumping justice, whereas traditional Christianity, through the triptych […]

(Smithsonian) Tracing the History of American Invention, From the Telegraph to the Apple I

My article “Tracing the History of American Invention, From the Telegraph to the Apple I,” about more than 70 artifacts, from an artificial heart to an Etch A Sketch, at the entryway to the American History Museum’s new innovation wing, appears in Smithsonian magazine.

Jeremy Sutton at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Below is an article about an event in which portrait artist Jeremy Sutton participated at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. (His video portrait of me follows.) “This Is How You Live Paint an Event: Artist Jeremy Sutton painted on his iPad while musicians performed and visitors played virtual reality games at the Smithsonian American Art […]

(Smithsonian mag) On His First Day on the Job, Smithsonian Secretary David J. Skorton Discusses Past and Future

My interview with David Skorton, former president of Cornell University and the Smithsonian’s 13th secretary, about how he wants to emphasize the arts and humanities at a time when they are being deemphasized nationally, appears as “On His First Day on the Job, Smithsonian Secretary David J. Skorton Discusses the Past and the Future” in […]

(Smithsonian mag) What Makes the OJ Can Worthy of Display in a Museum

My article “What Makes the Orange Juice Can Worthy of Display in a Museum” appears in Smithsonian Magazine.

(Smithsonian Mag) Wildlife Photographer Frans Lanting on the Difference Between Taking Pictures and Making Photographs

My article “Wildlife Photographer Frans Lanting on the Difference Between Taking Pictures and Making Photographs” appears in Smithsonian Magazine.

  • Selected articles

    NMAAHC "The Imitation Game: Are museums being clear enough with the public about what’s real and what’s fake?" Washington Post Magazine. March 3, 2019.

    Bobby Fischer gravestone "Searching for Fischer’s Legacy." Chess Life magazine. March 2018. (PDF file).

    Jules Olitski star "A Memorial That Knows Its Biblical History." Wall St. Journal. Sept. 22, 2017.

    CIA art collection "Infiltrating the CIA’s Secret Art Collection." Playboy. Jan./Feb. 2017.
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