WASHINGTON, DC (AP) — Museums and galleries popular with visitors and locals in the nation’s capital will close starting midweek if the partial shutdown of the federal government drags on. So will the National Zoo and a lively ice rink near the National Mall. The attractions have stayed open by using unspent funds, but they are about to run out of that money. Museums and galleries under the Smithsonian Institution umbrella started closing Jan. 2, the Smithsonian said on its website. That includes the zoo, as well as the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Museum of Natural History, and several galleries, including the National Portrait Gallery, with its paintings of former presidents. Smithsonian facilities were open on Jan. 1. The National Gallery of Art will close starting Jan. 3, a spokeswoman said. That includes the iconic West and East buildings as well as an ice rink in the National Gallery of … [Read more...] about National Museum of African American History and Culture in DC and Others Closed Due to Government Shutdown
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By Perry Green, AFRO Sports Editor Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones took his entire team to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Oct. 21, while they were in town for their matchup with the Washington Redskins. Jones’ visit to the Black history museum caused some to speculate whether or not it was all just a public relations stunt, as a means to make himself more endearing to the African-American community. “PR gesture. Nothing more. Jerry knows how the media will run with this,” tweeted an NFL fan. TMZ stopped him outside the national mall to ask him straight up if his presence there was just for good publicity; the 76-year-old billionaire said no and that it was the players on the team that volleyed for the visit.“Well, I don’t think that the case. This is a player effort and our players wanted to do this,” Jones told TMZ. “It’s their great idea and we sure wanted to do it and be a part of it.” … [Read more...] about Was Jerry Jones Visit to the Museum of African-American History and Culture Just a PR Stunt?
By Lauren E. Williams, Special to the AFRO Oprah has a new exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and you just have to see it. Open to the public since June 8th, the exhibit, Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture, uses the story of Winfrey and her 25-year daytime talk show as a way to explore contemporary American history and culture, especially issues of power, gender and the media. “This exhibition examines the power of television,” Lonnie G. Bunch III, the museum’s founding director, said in a press release. “Just as Oprah Winfrey watched TV coverage of the civil rights movement and was shaped by the era in which she was born and raised, she has gone on to have a profound effect on how Americans view themselves and each other in the tumultuous decades that followed.” The exhibition is separated into three sections: 1) America Shapes Oprah, 1950s–1980s; 2)The Oprah … [Read more...] about ‘Watching Oprah’ Opens at the National Museum of African American History
Exhibition Looks At How America Shaped Oprah And How She Shaped America (Photo: Lindsey Koren / Smithsonian) “Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture,” opens June 8 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and continues through June 2019. The exhibition will use the story of Oprah Winfrey and her 25-year daytime talk show as a lens to explore contemporary American history and culture, especially issues of power, gender, and the media. “Watching Oprah” is located in the museum’s Special Exhibitions gallery, a 4,300-square-foot exhibition space located on the concourse level near the elevator that takes visitors to the first level of the History Galleries. The exhibition is supported by MGM Resorts International, Target, Bank of America, and FedEx Corporation. “Watching Oprah” features video clips on a range of subjects, interactive interviews with Winfrey, costumes from … [Read more...] about “Watching Oprah” Exhibition opens at National Museum of African American History and Culture June 8
WASHINGTON – When Oprah Winfrey closed her Harpo Studios in Chicago’s West Loop, she put some its furnishings into storage. Now a set from Winfrey’s talk show, which put her on the path to becoming a global figure and one of the most successful entertainment executives in the world, is among the artifacts in an exhibit opening on Friday at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, “Watching Oprah, The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture.” The 4,300-square-foot Oprah exhibition runs through June, 2019 and has three sections: “America Shapes Oprah, 1950s-1980s;” The Oprah Winfrey Show,” spawned in Chicago and “Oprah Shapes America.” The daytime Oprah Winfrey Show, with its 4,561 episodes was produced in Chicago for 25 years, a period where Winfrey also grew into a major philanthropist, actress, theatrical producer and cultural and moral influencer. Here are 10 things to know about the Oprah exhibit: … [Read more...] about National Museum of African American History and Culture unveil Oprah exhibit