Smithsonian Voices

The Smithsonian Institution has hundreds of scholars, researchers and curators, each with an amazing story to tell about their work, their quests and their passions. Here is a sampling of the unique voices that make up the chorus of ideas at the Institution.

Exhibition announcement for The Chicano Codices, 1993. Kathy Vargas papers, 1980-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Exhibition catalog for (en)Gendered Visions: Race, Gender and Sexuality in Asian American Art, 1992. Kathy Vargas papers, 1980-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Romare Bearden in Harlem, circa 1950 / unidentified photographer. Romare Bearden papers, 1937-1982. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Musicorner room designed by John Vassos displayed at the American at Home Pavilion, 1940 New York World's Fair, 1940 / Richard Averill Smith, photographer. John Vassos papers, 1920-[198-]. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Sketchbook with portrait of Walt Whitman, 1977. Naul Ojeda papers, 1964-2002. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
San Francisco Museum of Art program for the first artists' soap box derby, 1975 May 18. Jan Butterfield papers, 1950-1997; Official magazine of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art artists' soap box derby, 1978 May 21. Jan Butterfield papers, 1950-1997
Tlingit Killer Whale Clan Hat digitized and repatriated by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in 2005. (Nick Partridge, Smithsonian)
Members of the staff of the National Museum of the American Indian in New York hold a welcoming ceremony for a kayak frame built in the traditional Yup'ik way at the Qayanek Qayak Preservation Center in Kwigillingok, Alaska. A testament to the ingenuity and innovation of the Native cultures of the Arctic, the kayak frame will become a teaching exhibit when the New York museum's imagiNATIONS Activity Center opens this May. (National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian)
Michele Felice Corné (1752–1845),
John Quincy Adams / Philip Haas / 1843
Caption: Zendaya and Tom Holland in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017); credit: Sony