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.

In 1988, artist Laura Farabough exhibited Santa Dog, a site–specific video installation at the Hanson Gallery in Sausalito, California. That same year, Farabough featured “Santa Dog” on her holiday card to artist David Ireland. Laura Farabough christmas card to David Ireland, 1988. David Ireland papers, circa 1910s-circa 2009, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Dog Days of December

December 14th, 2017, 3:17PM
Children's books written by Native American authors or by non-Natives who have consulted with Native communities highlight the diversity of Native cultures throughout the Western Hemisphere. (All images courtesy of the publishers)
Joseph Henry (Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-BH824-4499)
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)