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SIAIB_230119_01.JPG: Welcome to the Smithsonian's Arts + Industries Building
More than a museum, the Arts + Industries Building (AIB) is a part of our nation's history. A destination for big ideas for more than 140 years. AIB is now poised for the next great chapter in its impressive story.
World's Fair Sparks New Museum
The World's Fair opened in Philadelphia with a double purpose: Congress ordered that ticket proceeds would fund a permanent home for the World's Fair exhibits in Washington, D.C. Sixty train cars of wonders were shipped to the Smithsonian for display.
A Presidential Opening Party
The first National Museum of the United States opened with its first event, President James Garfield's Inaugural Ball. In the rotunda, a colossal 'Statue of America' held up Edison's new electric light, symbolizing the "skill, genius, progress, and civilization of America."
1910 - 1980
America's Treasures on Display
Dubbed America's 'Palace of Wonders,' eager crowds flooded to see new inventions like the steam engine and Alexander Graham Bell's telephone; national treasures like the Star-Spangled Banner, the inaugural First Ladies Gown Collection, and rare objects like the Spirit of St. Louis and the first moon rock. AIB incubated seven Smithsonian collections that grew into their own museums—Natural History, American History, Air and Space, and more.
2021 - 2022
AIB reopened for the first time since 2004 for FUTURES, the first building-wide exploration of the future on the National Mall. FUTURES offered millions of visitors a glimpse into humanity's next chapter through a vast array of interactives, artworks, technologies, and ideas.
Wikipedia Description: Arts and Industries Building
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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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2023 photos: Equipment this year: My old staples the Fuji XS-1 and Nikon D7000. In April, I bought a Google Pixel 7 Pro since DigitalReview.Com said it was the top camera smartphone and it wasn't an iPhone (so it's not evil). In June, I took the plunge and bought a mirrorless Nikon Z-5 camera.
The only trip so far this year:
(May) a visit to see Dad and Dixie in Asheville, NC and visit with some friends in Brevard.
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