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A narration of inspired stories, shared by seniors who are living their lives to the fullest.

 

  • JFK: American Visionary Kennedy preparing a speech, Baltimore, September 1960. © Paul Schutzer (Courtesy The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) The Kennedys unofficially brought America into the modern world with their youth and glamour. Long before our phones became cameras, they knew the power of photography and their well-documented lives—triumphs and sorrows—are an indelible part of our collective memory. SAAM’s ...
  • Q & A with Bill Gifford, Author of “Spring Chicken, Stay Young Forever (Or Die Trying)” What inspired you to write about aging and the research surrounding it?  I started thinking about the subject as I entered my 40s and realized that things were changing, albeit subtly. Also, at the same time, I’d had two beautiful dogs, lab mixes, brother and sister, and I’d watched them go from exuberant puppies to strong, ...
  • Ryders on the Storm: Celebrating the Art of Albert Pinkham Ryder Before Betsy Broun retired from the helm of the Smithsonian American Art Museum last fall, she gave a talk where she revealed her top ten works (ok, seventeen works) of art in the collection, beginning with Albert Pinkham Ryder’s Jonah. Ryder, who died one hundred years ago, was an artist close to Broun’s heart and ...
  • Art and Healing The story behind Emery Blagdon’s The Healing Machine had captivated me even before I saw the installation in SAAM’s reimagined galleries for folk and self-taught art. I find myself coming back to it frequently, just staring into it, and wondering about the artist and his belief in the ability of his artwork to be a ...
  • Gene Davis: The Cool Guy of Hot Beat Guest blogger Jean Lawlor Cohen is the consulting curator for Gene Davis: Hot Beat. She is an arts writer, independent curator, and co-author of Washington Art Matters: Art Life in the Capital 1940-1990. Gene Davis, a journalist before he was a painter, knew the power of words. He spoke his wise and sometimes ornery mind, aware ...
  • The Purposeful Leader: Why You Lead Determines How Well You Lead What is your purpose?  The words in your purpose statement must be yours.  They must capture “why” you lead.  Why you lead determines how well you lead.  A clear purpose statement energizes you to get up each morning to lead others. The Purposeful Leader Checkup When was the last time you did a physical checkup?  A financial ...
  • Future Challenges for Human Resources Someone asked me recently what were the biggest challenges ahead in the HR world.  I spend a lot of time talking with those key figures in business–the people who manage the people–and at the moment I’d say there are three broad areas: –The soft-skills gap in some younger workers.  Broadly, these are skills involving communications, collaboration, unstructured ...
  • Best of Both Worlds: Isamu Noguchi Isamu Noguchi, Archaic/Modern is now open, a celebration of the renowned sculptor who often found inspiration in ancient art and architecture, including Egyptian pyramids and Buddhist temples, Zen gardens and American Indian burial mounds. The nearly seventy-five objects in the show span the artist’s six-decade career and show his love of material, whether it’s natural or ...
  • The Value of Dialogue in Art Museums   “The deepest and most affecting experiences visitors have in art museums are those in which they share in the unfolding, unraveling, and translation of the meaning of artworks”.—Rika Burnham and Elliot Kai-Kee What makes a meaningful museum experience? The objects on view? The stories that emerge? The coffee in the cafe? Everyone has a different measure ...
  • African American Artworks at Smithsonian American Art Museum The Smithsonian American Art Museum boasts more than two thousand works of art in its collection by more than two-hundred African American artists. Covering centuries of creative expression, the artworks explore themes that reflect the African American experience in paintings, sculpture, prints, textiles and photographs. From an important grouping of recently acquired works by self-taught ...