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  • Clough worked to bring Smithsonian into the digital age

    Clough worked to bring Smithsonian into the digital age
    G. Wayne Clough, who announced Wednesday that he will step down as the head of the Smithsonian Institution in October 2014, arrived at the museums at a time when it was threatened by scandals and a crumbling infrastructure. Clough, a civil engineer...
  • Smithsonian Institution head will retire in 2014

    Smithsonian Institution head will retire in 2014
    When G. Wayne Clough began his tenure as head of the Smithsonian Institution in July 2008, he asked himself the question, "What will the Smithsonian be in 500 years?" The answer? It's still not entirely clear. But as Clough prepares to retire from his...
  • Spy Museum eyes new space at Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C.

    Spy Museum eyes new space at Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C.
    The International Spy Museum could soon be on the move. The popular Washington, D.C., attraction is looking to set up shop in the nearby historic Carnegie Library. Museum officials and the city's convention center authority will propose a...
  • National Zoo panda cam shuts down! Bad idea!

    National Zoo panda cam shuts down! Bad idea!
    We knew the federal government shutdown would mean going without some things. Getting  a passport. Going to a national park. But to deprive us of the the  National Zoo’s panda cam just seems cruel — especially at a time when giant panda Mei...
  • Government dysfunction, part 1: The unaddressed 'sequester' mess

    Government dysfunction, part 1: The unaddressed 'sequester' mess
    First, members of Congress set a trap that would bite hard if they failed to break the political gridlock and come up with a grand bargain on the budget. Then, having failed, they let the trap spring shut. And now, they continue to blunder and bluster...
  • Smithsonian closing some spaces due to sequester

    Smithsonian closing some spaces due to sequester
    The Smithsonian Institution museums in Washington have had to close some spaces due to the effects of the federal budget cuts known as sequestration, the organization announced this week. The budget cuts have resulted in a reduction in a contract for...
  • New Autry chief executive saddles up for challenging task

    New Autry chief executive saddles up for challenging task
    Recruiting a new leader for a big museum can take months — sometimes more than a year — involving search committees, consultants and rounds of interviews and negotiations. In the case of the Autry National Center of the American West,...
  • Southwest Museum's prospects for festive 100th birthday are dim

    Southwest Museum's prospects for festive 100th birthday are dim
    Los Angeles’ oldest museum site, the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park, is celebrating its centennial this year with the debut of a new entrance halland outdoor nature center, capping a full makeover that’s already yielded new halls...
  • Joni Gordon dies at 75; Newspace gallery owner nurtured L.A. art

    Joni Gordon dies at 75; Newspace gallery owner nurtured L.A. art
    Joni Gordon, an art world novice who bought a failing Melrose Avenue gallery, Newspace, 37 years ago and turned it into an incubator for Los Angeles' contemporary art scene, has died. She was 75. Gordon died Sept. 11 in Bend, Ore., 10 days after a...
  • Bill Moggridge dies at 69; developer of laptop design

    Bill Moggridge dies at 69; developer of laptop design
    Bill Moggridge, a British-born industrial designer and educator who set the standard for laptop design three decades ago when he developed a clamshell case with a hinged lid that folded over the keyboard, died of cancer Saturday in San Francisco. He was...
  • Russell Shank dies at 86; former head librarian at UCLA

    Russell Shank dies at 86; former head librarian at UCLA
    Russell Shank, the chief librarian at UCLA from 1977 to 1989 who was known as a staunch supporter of 1st Amendment rights in all libraries and an early proponent of technology as a way to enhance library services, has died. He was 86. Shank, a...