2014 Annual Smithsonian Weekend
May 30-31, 2014

Annual Smithsonian Weekend Reception, Courtyard, Freer Gallery of Art


All events are for all JSS, SLS, and SGC members at $2500, except where noted.

Friday, May 30

Mid Day

1:00 pm

Keynote Address by Secretary G. Wayne Clough,
followed by Q & A

Baird Auditorium
10th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
2:00 pm

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

Members choose one tour from the following list.
Amazonia at the National Zoo
Head for the tropics! Join a Zoo curator for an exclusive tour of the captivating Amazonia exhibition at the National Zoo.
American Stories at the National Museum of American History
This exhibition examines the manner in which science and technology have shaped life at home and around the world; how the peopling of America has contributed to the rich distinctiveness of diverse cultural communities; and how shared national cultural practices, styles, beliefs, and values have characterized American society.
Architecture and Landscape of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian
With one of the museum’s Senior Cultural Interpreters, explore the museum site to discover how the museum landscape’s seasonal plant life provides an introduction to Native philosophy and culture.
Behind the Scenes at the Archives of American Art
Join the Archives staff for an exclusive look at some of our most treasured and interesting collections, from Frida Kahlo’s love letters to Jackson Pollock’s family photos.
Beyond Bollywood from the Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center
Join Dr. Masum Momaya, curator, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, for a unique, behind-the-scenes look and discussion of the exhibition, Beyond Bollywood at the National Museum of Natural History. Beyond Bollywood brings to life the rich history of immigrants from India and Indian Americans in the United States, and showcases their many contributions to national life and culture.
Ceramica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed
Co-organized by the Smithsonian Latino Center and the National Museum of the American Indian, this bilingual exhibition illuminates Central America’s diverse and dynamic ancestral heritage with a selection of more than 160 objects.
Changing America from the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Changing America celebrates the milestone moments in American History that are illuminated in an exploration of their historical context, their accomplishments, and their meaning for modern Americans. This exhibition is at the Natural Museum of American History.
Red Carpet Tour of Dancing the Dream at the National Portrait Gallery
The Dancing the Dream exhibition captures Broadway, Hollywood, modern dance, American ballet, and pop choreography in a dynamic exhibition drawn from the Portrait Gallery’s own collections.
Deep Time at the National Museum of Natural History
2014 marks the 50th year of the Museum’s Department of Paleobiology, and the arrival of the Nation’s T.rex. In this exclusive behind-the-scenes tour, experience some of the highlights of the department’s vertebrate collection and explore the Vertebrate Paleontology Lab.
Explore Mars
Celebrate the amazing images and achievements of the Spirit and Opportunity Mars Exploration Rovers on the 10th anniversary of their landings on the Red Planet in this exclusive tour at the National Air and Space Museum.
New Acquisitions in the First Ladies Exhibition
The First Ladies exhibition at the National Museum of American History explores the unofficial but important position of first lady and the ways that different women have shaped the role to make their own contributions to the presidential administrations and the nation.
Curator-led Tour of the Freer Gallery of Art’s Peacock Room
Join Freer|Sackler Curator of American Art Lee Glazer for a members-only tour of the fascinating Peacock Room and the special exhibition An American in London: Whistler and the Thames at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.
Tour of the Laboratories of Analytical Biology (L.A.B.) at the National Museum of Natural History
Lee Weigt, L.A.B. Director, will lead a behind-the-scenes tour that highlights the genomics and bioinformatics research capabilities of the National Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian.
The Illustrated Book Throughout the Centuries
In this rare book display at the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology, one can follow the parallel development of artistic styles and illustration methods and the advancement of manuscripts, typography, and various printing techniques starting with the 13th century all the way to present times. The Libraries’ Head of Special Collections will lead this tour.
Lions and Tigers at the National Zoo
Join Zoo Curator Craig Saffoe on a fascinating tour of the Great Cats exhibition at the National Zoo. Meet the Zoo’s two tiger cubs and six lion cubs all born in the last year at the Zoo, and learn about all of the conservation, breeding, and animal management that goes into keeping these great cats.
William H. Gross Stamp Gallery at the National Postal Museum
Newly opened last fall, the William H. Gross Stamp Gallery is the world’s premier museum gallery dedicated to philately, which enables the museum to dramatically increase the visibility of the national collection, advance the museum’s educational mission, and reinvigorate public interest in philately.
Q?rius at the National Museum of Natural History
Enjoy a hands-on experience during your tour of Q?rius, the new 10,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art, interactive science learning center at the National Museum of Natural History.
Modern American Realism at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Enjoy a special tour of Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection with Virginia Mecklenburg, Chief Curator at the Museum. The exhibition presents some of the most treasured artworks from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s permanent collection, including works by Will Barnet, Paul Cadmus, Arthur Dove, Edward Hopper, Wolf Kahn, Jacob Lawrence, and Ben Shahn, among others. With 70 paintings and sculpture from the 1910s to the 1980s, the exhibition encompasses the range of what can broadly be called modern realism, from socio-political to psychological, from satirical to surrealist.
Smithsonian Treasures
Join our expert archivists in a unique, behind-the-scenes tour of Institutional historic gems, such as James Smithson's will, letters from the Wright Brothers, and unpublished photographs from the trial of John T. Scopes.
6:30-9:00 pm

Recognition Dinner for Annual Giving donors of $10,000 and above, and James Smithson Society Endowed Life Members

The Smithsonian Castle
1000 Jefferson Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Complimentary valet parking

Saturday, May 31

8:00 – 9:00 am

Morning Coffee

Constitution Café
National Museum of American History
9:00 – 10:00 am

Spotlight on Education and Digital Access at the Smithsonian

Warner Bros. Theater
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Constitution Avenue between 12th and 14th Streets, NW
Washington, DC

In this session moderated by Stephanie Norby, Director, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, members will hear from Smithsonian staff who are leading new programs in education and digital access at the Institution. Hear an update on the Smithsonian’s 3D digitization project and learn more about exciting initiatives that are making the collections and research available to educators, families, and students far beyond our actual geographic location through the Smithsonian's ever evolving websites.

Or Choice of one of these 2 tours.
American Cool at the National Portrait Gallery Discover the art of being cool as you tour one of the newest Portrait Gallery exhibitions American Cool with Senior Historian David Ward.
Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction at the National Portrait GalleryIn the face of critical neglect, a young generation, with innovation and a touch of defiance, reinvented portraiture for a new era. Join Curator Wendy Wick Reaves for this exclusive look at more than 50 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints that put American portraiture back on the map
10:30 – 11:00 am

Meet the New Director of the National Portrait Gallery

Warner Bros. Theater
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Constitution Avenue between 12th and 14th Streets, NW
Washington, DC

Or Choice of one of these 2 tours.
Behind-the-Scenes at the Smithsonian Castle Private tour of the Smithsonian’s first building with Rick Stamm, Curator of the Castle Collection, that visits non-public locations including the unique Regents’ Room and the Castle Library
Tour of the Enid A. Haupt Garden
Enid A. Haupt’s numerous gifts to build, restore and maintain gardens around the country and the world made her the foremost horticultural philanthropist in America. Explore the Haupt Garden with a Smithsonian horticulturist as you are guided along the brick walkways through collections of colorful plantings, vibrant magnolias, and pieces from the Smithsonian Gardens’ Garden Furniture Collection
12 noon – 2 pm

Luncheon for Smithsonian Legacy Society Members at the Grand Hyatt Washington

Guest Speaker
Kim Sajet, Director of the National Portrait Gallery
Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H Street, Washington, DC
All SLS Members

Onsite, Online and On the Road: Making the National Portrait Gallery Truly National for Future Generations
Reaching audiences across the United States through advances in technology and a new business model that seeks to tour more exhibitions, the National Portrait Gallery has a goal to become a central resource for visual biography across the country. Kim Sajet, Director, will share how the Portrait Gallery is committed to serving Americans hundreds of miles away from the landmark museum building, aiming to draw connections with history and biography among citizens from different cities and states.

7:00-10:00 pm

Annual James Smithson Reception and Dinner at the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard of the Donald W. Reynolds Center

For more information call (202) 633-2040 or toll-free (877) 577-1775. You can also email us at annualsmithsonianweekend@si.edu.