What is Con Safos?

[embedded content] Josh T. Franco, national collector for Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art, explains a copyright created by Mexican American artists to safeguard their work and reaffirm their identity as part of a larger culture. Related posts: Collecting Archival Treasures From America’s Top Latino Visual Artists A lesson in “rasquachismo” art: Chicano aesthetics & the […]

Portraiture and the Mexican American Experience

Home / Art / In Art, History & Culture, Meet Our People, Video / 26 September 2018 [embedded content] Curator Taína Caragol gives you a tour of a portrait of the late sculptor Luis Jiménez by Gaspar Enríquez at our National Portrait Gallery Tags: National Portrait Gallery, portraiture

Mosquito road

[embedded content] Jose Loaiza, a research associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, has determined that disease carrying mosquitoes move along Panama’s highways by laying their eggs in the water that collects in discarded tires. Tags: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Smithsonian Folklife Festival: Armenian carpet-cutting ceremony

[embedded content] In Armenia, the completion of a carpet and cutting it from its loom is a significant rite of passion for young female weavers. Related posts: Armenian Wedding Ceremony Meet the newest New World canopy beetle species. ‘Gazillions’ await discovery. Mystery solved? Ants Protect Young From Infection By Cocooning Them in Fungus Online initiative […]

What causes disease outbreaks and how can we stop them?

By John Barrat Microscopic images of some of the many diseases explored in “Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World,” an exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History on view through 2021. (Image courtesy Jeremy Snyder) A hunter touches an infected animal’s blood, a farmer breathes the moist air exhaled by sick cows, contaminated […]

Almost as many pilots died flying this World War I plane in training as in combat

By Brendan L. Smith WWI Sopwith Camel fighter donated by Javier Arango on exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. The legends surrounding World War I flying aces engaged in epic dogfights have often overshadowed a grim reality: Many inexperienced pilots died in training accidents in challenging […]

Smithsonian assists FBI in stolen Ruby Slippers case

[embedded content] Conservators at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History assisted the Minneapolis Division of the FBI in the case of ruby slippers from the “Wizard of Oz” that were stolen in Minnesota in 2005. The museum analyzed and compared the recovered slippers with a pair that has been part of the Smithsonian […]

Bond, James Bond: The ornithologist

Smithsonian Libraries’ copy of the first edition, Birds of the West Indies. Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History The famous fictional British spy, James Bond (code name 007), whose action-packed exploits and international adventures are depicted in books and movies, got his name because it was the most bland name his creator Ian Fleming had ever […]