Corn, Beans, and Squash: What the Three Sisters Tell Us

July 2, 2020

Corn, beans, and squash, commonly known as “the Three Sisters,” have been important companion crops in Indigenous communities in the Americas for centuries. This combination not only holds traditional wisdom and folklore but has also been proven to be scientifically …

Walking the Red Carpet at the American Portrait Gala (photos)

November 18, 2019

The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery held its 2019 American Portrait Gala on Sunday, Nov. 17, with more than 700 attendees representing some of the top names in science, entertainment and the arts. The event celebrated this year’s acquisitions and raised …

Film Screening: SUMÉ – Mumisitsinerup Nipaa/SUMÉ: The Sound of a Revolution

August 26, 2019

Director: Inuk Silis Høegh (Inuit)
(2014, documentary, 74 min., Greenland/Denmark/Norway)
In Kalaallisut and Danish with English subtitles)

From 1973 to 1976 the Greenlandic rock band Sumé released three albums and changed the history of Greenland. The group’s political songs were …

Film Screening: Play Your Gender

August 19, 2019

Director: Stephanie Clattenburg
(2016, documentary, 80 min., Canada)

In 2012, Kinnie Starr (Mohawk) was approached to make a film about herself, but chose instead to make a film about the gender gap in the music industry. By 2016, the film …

Free Community Day

July 29, 2019

NSLM offers free admission the last Sunday of each month. Join us to see highlights from our permanent collection and temporary exhibitions!
Exhibitions on view include:
NSLMology: Science of Sporting Art (on view April 12 – September 15)
Deconstructed: The …

Opening Day for Apple Store, History Center at Carnegie Library (photos)

May 12, 2019

It was a mix of the old and the new at the grand reopening of the restored Carnegie Library building on Mount Vernon Square in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, May 11, featuring a flagship Apple Store and the DC History …

Performance Art by Métis artist Jaime Black

March 21, 2019

Métis artist Jaime Black conceptualized the outdoor art installation “The REDress Project.” The artist will engage with the red dresses displayed along the Riverwalk located in the museum’s Native landscape along the Mall side of the building. During her performance, …

‘We Choose to Go to the Moon’ at the Portrait Gallery (photos)

December 14, 2018

The dance company of Dana Tai Soon Burgess, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s choreographer-in-residence, performed “We Choose to Go to the Moon” in the museum’s Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium on Wednesday, Dec. 12, and Saturday Dec. 15. The final performance …

Hopi Tribal Festival

November 17, 2018

The Hopi Tribe is a sovereign nation located in northeastern Arizona. Their nation encompasses more than 1.5-million acres, and is made up of 12 villages on three mesas. Over the centuries, Hopi endures as a nation, retaining its culture, language …

Director’s Conversation with Steve Inskeep

November 15, 2018

Steve Inskeep, host of NPR’s Morning Edition, is also the author of “Jacksonland,” a history of President Andrew Jackson’s long-running conflict with John Ross, a Cherokee chief who resisted the removal of Indians from the eastern United States in the …