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Description of Pictures: FUTURES
November 20, 2021 – July 6, 2022
Part exhibition, part festival, FUTURES presents nearly 32,000 square feet of new immersive site-specific art installations, interactives, working experiments, inventions, speculative designs, and “artifacts of the future,” as well as historic objects and discoveries from 23 of the Smithsonian’s museums, major initiatives, and research centers. Of the nearly 150 objects on view, several are making their public debut: an artificial intelligence (AI)-driven rover from Alphabet’s X that could transform agriculture; a Planetary Society space sail for deep space travel; a Loon internet balloon; the first full-scale Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome built in North America; the world’s first controlled thermonuclear fusion device; and more.
Same Event: Wait! There's more! Because I took too many pictures, photos from this event were divided among the following pages:
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2021_DC_SIAIB_FuturesCR2_211120: DC -- Arts and Industries Bldg -- FUTURES -- Event: Opening Event ("Call and Response Concert") -- Everything except the outdoor concert (69 photos from 2021)
2021_DC_SIAIB_FuturesCR_211120: DC -- Arts and Industries Bldg -- FUTURES -- Event: Opening Event ("Call and Response Concert") -- Outdoor Concert (156 photos from 2021)
2021_DC_SIAIB_FuturesO_211119: DC -- Arts and Industries Bldg -- FUTURES -- Event: Opening Event ("Unexpected Conversations") (191 photos from 2021)
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FUTURE_220706_20.JPG: They said they were closing that day and wanted to get rid of the pencils so I should take as many as I wanted. I told them I was a pencil hoarder and they REALLY didn't want to make that offer to me. They said no, that was fine, take as many as you wanted. Okay... I left with 80 or so pencils.
FUTURE_220706_40.JPG: Computer-generated goal cards...
At midnight for 1 year I will stare at a light bulb
Paint my office chair with a chameleon
Every time I see a lightbulb I will say out loud "I am a lightbulb."
Move my bed 10 feet every morning I wake up.
I will try to write my name using leaves.
Have a conversation with a fork for a week.
Every time I enter an elevator I will sing to the other passengers.
Find and pet every dog in my state.
FUTURE_220706_41.JPG: Find and pet every dog in my state.
Put on a spider suit and walk around town.
For a year I will greet everyone I pass with "good morning Mr. Wind."
Make three pillow forts a day.
Make a perfect replica of my house made entirely out of bread.
What can we do to build a hopeful future?
In the next year, we can all remember the value of civility and the need to candidly embrace our past to make a future that i ripe with hope.
-- Lonnie Bunch, Secretary, Smithsonian Institution
Wikipedia Description: Arts and Industries Building
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Arts and Industries Building is the second oldest (after The Castle) of the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Initially named the National Museum, it was built to provide the Smithsonian with its first proper facility for public display of its growing collections. The building, designed by architects Adolf Cluss and Paul Schulze, opened in 1881, hosting an inaugural ball for President James A. Garfield. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1971. After being closed since 2004, the building reopened in 2021 with a special exhibition, Futures, scheduled to run through July 2022.
The Arts and Industries Building was sited slightly farther back from the Mall than the Smithsonian Castle to avoid obscuring the view of the Castle from the Capitol. The building was designed to be symmetrical, composed of a Greek cross with a central rotunda. The exterior was constructed with geometric patterns of polychrome brick, and a sculpture entitled Columbia Protecting Science and Industry by sculptor Caspar Buberl was placed above the main entrance on the north side.
The interior of the building was partially lit through the use of skylights and clerestory windows. An iron truss roof covers the building. In 1883, the exterior was adjusted to use a more vibrant maroon-colored brick.
The building is composed of four pavilions, one at each corner, about 40 feet (12 m) square and three stories tall. These surround a central rotunda. Lower sections or "ranges" were placed outside the pavilions. Pervasive complaints of dampness and the poor health of the building's occupants led to the replacement of the wood floors in the 1890s. Balconies were added in 1896–1902 to increase space after a new Smithsonian Building failed to be authorized by the United States Congress. A tunnel was constructed in 1901 to the Smithsonian Institution Building next door.
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2022 photos: Here's hoping we've finally learned something from the Trump and COVID-19 pandemics. I continue to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras for most things (and a Nikon D7000 for receptions and a Nokia 5.3 for variety) but the camera, which came out a decade ago, is no longer repairable so when the last of my four XS-1s break, I'll have to figure out a comparable camera to use instead.
This website had its 20th anniversary in August, 2022.
Trips this year:
(February) a visit to see Dad and Dixie in Asheville, NC with some other members of my family, and
(July) a trip out west for the return of San Diego Comic-Con.
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