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Tired of your commute? What if you could fly to work? 🤔Bell Flight #TheFUTURES
09/21/2021
FUTURES_BellNexus - Smithsonian AIB

Tired of your commute? What if you could fly to work? 🤔
Bell Flight #TheFUTURES

Bell Nexus Air Taxi From World’s Fairs to “The Jetsons,” the flying car has been a symbol of the future for more than one hundred years. And now you can see a […]

Timeline Photos
09/02/2021

Timeline Photos

Washington D.C., here we come! Our Pegasus pod hit the road en route for #TheFUTURES exhibit at Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building.

09/01/2021

The FUTURES is bright 🎨🌈😎

Sneak peek: Our team has been busy prepping AIB for the exhibition and today we started to paint! Follow along this month and next as we share behind-the-scenes access 👀

“Sailing the Light” premieres today with The Planetary Society! Explore a new documentary of the crowdfunded LightSail 2...
08/28/2021
Sailing the Light (premiere event) - LIVE Q&A with Bill Nye

“Sailing the Light” premieres today with The Planetary Society! Explore a new documentary of the crowdfunded LightSail 2 space mission ✨
Tune in live at 1:00pm ET, followed by a Q&A with Bill Nye The Science Guy and the LightSail team!

Sailing the Light tells the story of the LightSail mission, a crowdfunded space science project from The Planetary Society. This groundbreaking mission showe...

We’re excited to celebrate the #Smithsonian175 Anniversary with Washington Nationals today! Swing by our booth and say h...
08/15/2021

We’re excited to celebrate the #Smithsonian175 Anniversary with Washington Nationals today! Swing by our booth and say hi 🤖
Congrats to Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch throwing out the first pitch! ⚾️

Put on your party hats and help us celebrate Smithsonian’s 175th Birthday! 🥳We opened our doors in 1881, and over the ye...
08/10/2021

Put on your party hats and help us celebrate Smithsonian’s 175th Birthday! 🥳
We opened our doors in 1881, and over the years we incubated almost every other Smithsonian museum! For #Smithsonian175, we can’t wait to reopen this November with FUTURES 🚀

📷: Throwback to AIB visitors c. 1898, Smithsonian Institution Archives

Put on your party hats and help us celebrate Smithsonian’s 175th Birthday! 🥳
We opened our doors in 1881, and over the years we incubated almost every other Smithsonian museum! For #Smithsonian175, we can’t wait to reopen this November with FUTURES 🚀

📷: Throwback to AIB visitors c. 1898, Smithsonian Institution Archives

Catch Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch, AIB Director Rachel Goslins, and architect David Rockwell discussing FUTURES o...
07/30/2021
This week on "Sunday Morning" (August 1)

Catch Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch, AIB Director Rachel Goslins, and architect David Rockwell discussing FUTURES on CBS Sunday Morning!

A look at the features for this week's broadcast of the #1 Sunday morning news program

07/26/2021

Create art with your voice and preview Suchi Reddy’s “me + you”! Share your vision of the future: https://meplusyoufuture.com/

Created in collaboration with Reddymade Architecture & Design a team of engineers from Amazon Web Services, and curated by Isolde Brielmaier.

Just Announced: We’ve commissioned a new series of short films that will spotlight the extraordinary ways diverse commun...
07/13/2021
Smithsonian Museum To Roll Out Community Filmmaking Showcase ‘Futures We Dream’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Just Announced: We’ve commissioned a new series of short films that will spotlight the extraordinary ways diverse communities across the U.S. are shaping their own more hopeful futures! 🎬✨

The Smithsonian Museum has commissioned a series of eight forward-looking shorts exploring social justice issues facing diverse communities across the U.S. to screen as part of its major upcoming N…

We’re excited to participate in the Aspen Ideas Festival today! Tune in for “Exhibiting the Future” with our Director Ra...
06/30/2021
Exhibiting the Future

We’re excited to participate in the Aspen Ideas Festival today! Tune in for “Exhibiting the Future” with our Director Rachel Goslins and architect David Rockwell at 2:00pm ET ✨

What if we could imagine the future we want? And invite millions to join us? For 175 years, the Smithsonian has been a window into the past and a doorway to what can come next. This November, the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building, its original National Museum, will celebrate this mileston...

Thrilled to be included in People Magazine's 100 Reasons to Love America 2021 along with Dwayne The Rock Johnson, Dolly ...
06/23/2021

Thrilled to be included in People Magazine's 100 Reasons to Love America 2021 along with Dwayne The Rock Johnson, Dolly Parton, and more! 🤩

From food waste to runways in Paris, explore the history of fish skin leather 🐟
06/21/2021
Does Fish Skin Have a Future in Fashion?

From food waste to runways in Paris, explore the history of fish skin leather 🐟

To promote sustainability in the industry, designer Elisa Palomino-Perez is embracing the traditional Indigenous practice of crafting with fish leather

Timeline Photos
06/19/2021

Timeline Photos

#Juneteenth is a time to gather as a family, reflect on the past and look to the future.

Celebrate this African American cultural tradition of music, food and freedom with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture with a day of virtual programming and educational resources, including our social media toolkit, Juneteenth reading list, limited edition merchandise collection, and more: https://s.si.edu/2U1L4XW

“What will it look like? What’s going to be important to ‘us’—who even is the ‘us’ of the future? ... Though they differ...
06/16/2021
Immerse Yourself in Five Alternate Worlds Envisioned by Leading Artists

“What will it look like? What’s going to be important to ‘us’—who even is the ‘us’ of the future? ... Though they differ in scale and composition, they each surface an imagining of a future that serves humanity better and more empathetically.” - Ashley Molese, Curator

The Smithsonian's "Futures" exhibition features commissions by Beatriz Cortez, Nettrice Gaskins, Soo Sunny Park, Devan Shimoyama, Tamiko Thiel and /p

The original Star-Spangled Banner was on view at AIB 🇺🇸 for nearly 50 years before it moved for the opening of the Natio...
06/14/2021
The keeping of the Star-Spangled Banner: A story of emblematic resilience

The original Star-Spangled Banner was on view at AIB 🇺🇸 for nearly 50 years before it moved for the opening of the National Museum of American History! #FlagDay

Tattered and patched, the flag that was gifted to the Smithsonian in 1912 was still largely intact when it arrived–a resilience that was remarkable, given […]

Happy #WorldOceansDay 🌊With rising sea levels threatening the world’s largest cities, designers are considering how huma...
06/08/2021

Happy #WorldOceansDay 🌊

With rising sea levels threatening the world’s largest cities, designers are considering how humans can adapt to a water world without harming marine ecosystems. OCEANIX City is a vision for the world’s first sustainable floating community for up to 10,000 residents.
Get ready to explore OCEANIX in FUTURES this fall ✨

📷: Courtesy OCEANIX/BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

What’s your first memory of a robot? 🤖The “Tortoise” was built by neurologist W. Grey Walter and engineer W. J. Warren i...
05/27/2021

What’s your first memory of a robot? 🤖

The “Tortoise” was built by neurologist W. Grey Walter and engineer W. J. Warren in the early 1950s, and was among the first electronic mobile robots. It mimics animal behavior, sensing and responding to its environment. A rotating photoelectric cell serves as the machine’s “eye,” sensing light and directing the robot to respond. Their experimental machines were trying to answer a question that researchers are still investigating today, how close can machines come to human intelligence?
We’ll explore robotics in FUTURES!

📷: National Museum of American History

What’s your first memory of a robot? 🤖

The “Tortoise” was built by neurologist W. Grey Walter and engineer W. J. Warren in the early 1950s, and was among the first electronic mobile robots. It mimics animal behavior, sensing and responding to its environment. A rotating photoelectric cell serves as the machine’s “eye,” sensing light and directing the robot to respond. Their experimental machines were trying to answer a question that researchers are still investigating today, how close can machines come to human intelligence?
We’ll explore robotics in FUTURES!

📷: National Museum of American History

Remembering George Floyd and the Movement He Sparked, One Year Later
05/25/2021
Remembering George Floyd and the Movement He Sparked, One Year Later

Remembering George Floyd and the Movement He Sparked, One Year Later

One year ago today, the world watched while George Floyd was murdered at the hands of a policeman on an American street corner. His death resonated deeply in America’s consciousness, joining a distressing if familiar chorus of names, from Breonna Taylor to Ahmaud Arbery, killed by police or extraj...

Pick one word to describe your future 🤔  Turn your words into art of the future with “me + you” by Suchi Reddy, Reddymad...
05/24/2021
FUTURES_meplusyou - Smithsonian AIB

Pick one word to describe your future 🤔

Turn your words into art of the future with “me + you” by Suchi Reddy, Reddymade Architecture & Design, powered by Amazon Web Services. Debuting at FUTURES this fall:

me + you me + you, created by globally renowned artist and architect Suchi Reddy, is a site-specific artificial intelligence (AI) and light sculpture that blends physics, neuroscience, and data […]

A little eye candy for #InternationalMuseumDay ✨We can't wait to open our doors this fall and invite you to FUTURES 🚀📷: ...
05/18/2021

A little eye candy for #InternationalMuseumDay ✨

We can't wait to open our doors this fall and invite you to FUTURES 🚀

📷: Our rotunda, by Farrah Skeiky Photo

A little eye candy for #InternationalMuseumDay ✨

We can't wait to open our doors this fall and invite you to FUTURES 🚀

📷: Our rotunda, by Farrah Skeiky Photo

Weekend Plans: stop and smell the 🌹 A rose’s fragrance is strongest on warm, sunny days when the soil is moist☀️  Explor...
05/14/2021

Weekend Plans: stop and smell the 🌹

A rose’s fragrance is strongest on warm, sunny days when the soil is moist☀️ Explore the Kathrine Dulin Folger Rose Garden, Smithsonian Gardens: https://gardens.si.edu/gardens/folger-rose-garden/

📷: IG @vtjawo

Weekend Plans: stop and smell the 🌹

A rose’s fragrance is strongest on warm, sunny days when the soil is moist☀️ Explore the Kathrine Dulin Folger Rose Garden, Smithsonian Gardens: https://gardens.si.edu/gardens/folger-rose-garden/

📷: IG @vtjawo

04/22/2021
FUTURES: The Co-Lab

How will we design sustainable communities in the future?
What if we could invite everyone to create, together, almost every aspect of their own communities?
We’re excited to announce an artificial intelligence (A.I.) design partner at “The Co-Lab.” debuting in FUTURES this fall! This first-of-its-kind collaborative design experience, developed with Autodesk, will allow you to develop new ideas, faster, in a way that solves huge design problems. We can’t wait to see what you create! https://aib.si.edu/

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