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The late rapper J Dilla’s custom-made Minamoog Voyager synthesizer has been recently donated to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. The synth — along with 11 other objects used by the contributors to American music history, from Chuck Berry to Chuck D — will be shown at the “Musical Crossroads” exhibition, to inaugurate the opening of […]

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Gone are the days of Lincoln and Washington’s plaster casts. President Obama’s portrait 3D-printed. Recently produced by the Smithsonian Institution and a team of experts form the University of Southern California, the bust only required five minutes of the president sitting to get his face scanned by handheld 3-D cameras. Then, after an additional 40-hour-long process of digitally programmed plastic-melting, ta-da: […]

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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History recently received over twenty of Jim Henson’s puppets and props on the anniversary of what would have been the Muppets creator’s seventy-seventh birthday. Acquisitions include characters from The Muppet Show, Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock. According to the museum’s blog, the collection will not be on display until many of them undergo several small repairs […]

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The unique iPad app Planetary has just been added to the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s collection. The institution has gone one step further by acquiring the app’s source code as well. This is the first time the Smithsonian has attained a piece of code. The institution has also made this code available to everyone, in an attempt to preserve software as […]

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Ah, historic Jamestowne. The very first settlement of our great colonial ancestors. The glorious Chesapeake Bay, the mighty James Fort, the abundance of lush wildlife! It must have been a wonderful place to live, save for a couple teensy kinks — like rampant disease, constant rape and pillaging, decimation of Native Americans and, apparently, CANNIBALISM. Whether the early […]

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University of Virginia’s Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression named this year’s most notable censors at their 20th annual Muzzle Awards. Smithsonian secretary Clough got one for removing A Fire in My Belly from the museum because the GOP saw a crucifix, waaa. […]

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Yesterday, LA Raw protested Smithsonian Secretary Clough with BLU coffins and a DIY A Fire in My Belly cross in a Funeral Procession of Free Artistic Expression outside Town Hall LA where Clough repeated his excuses. […]

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Earlier this month, Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery director Martin Sullivan sheepishly and wrongly censored the video art A Fire in My Belly because it was “misunderstood” by GOP bullies John Boehner and Eric Cantor, who turned 11 seconds of a AIDS-metaphor-infused ant-covered crucifix into How the Gays Stole Christmas. This Sunday Dec. 19 at 1pm, […]

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To protest the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery censoring David Wojnarowicz’s video art piece after being bullied by the GOP, a Hide/Seek exhibit visitor screened A Fire in My Belly on an iPad hanging from his neck. […]

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