The Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents announced today it elected Lonnie G. Bunch III, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, as the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian, effective June 16.
The National Air and Space Museum announced additional details for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. The museum’s five-day celebration in Washington, D.C., will include the “Apollo 50 Festival” on the National Mall, July 18–20. Anniversary events will culminate July 20 with a late-night event at the museum to celebrate the exact time the first steps occurred. Regular updates will be posted to the museum’s website.
“What is art?” It is a perennial question that can never quite be answered. Perhaps more difficult is “What is Native art?” This is a question many have attempted to define, going so far as to build entire systems of art appreciation and production to control what Native art could and should look like. These systems often place Native artists aside from their non-Native contemporaries or attempt to pigeonhole Native art to a certain style.