Calendar of Events: February 2018

January 17, 2018
Editor’s Note:
 
All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Visitors should be prepared for a security check upon entrance to the museum. Program attendees should arrive 30 minutes in advance. For a complete schedule of activities check: http://americanhistory.si.edu
 
Now on View
 
The Batmobile
On view Jan. 12-Indefinite
First Floor, Center
 
The Batmobile from the Tim Burton-directed superhero film “Batman” is on view. The film—starring Michael Keaton as Batman and Jack Nicholson as the Joker—was the first installment of Warner Bros.’s initial “Batman” film series. Originally built on the chassis of a Chevrolet Impala, the Batmobile was designed by Anton Furst, drawing inspiration from Salt Flat Racers and the Corvette Stingrays of the 1950’s and reflecting the Art Deco influences that Burton’s depicted in his Gotham City. The vehicle is on loan from Warner Bros. (Above: The Batmobile from "Batman." Photo by Jaclyn Nash.)
 
Opening Displays:
 
Waterloo Boy
Opening Feb. 22
First Floor, West
 
The Waterloo Boy Tractor
The museum will mark 2018 as the "Year of the Tractor" with a new display: a green, yellow and red 1918 Waterloo Boy tractor at the entrance to “American Enterprise” beginning Feb. 22. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Deere and Co.’s entry into the tractor market. This display will highlight the introduction of light-weight gasoline-powered tractors, a major revolution in agriculture that moved farming firmly into the realm of commercial production. The Waterloo Boy will be showcased with historic images and advertisements that marketed the then-new technology to help convince farmers to shift from animal power and labor-intensive production to gasoline-powered tractors.
 
Featured Events:
 
Innovative Lives:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Feb. 8; 6:30 p.m.
Wallace H. Coulter Plaza
First Floor, West
Sold out; wait list for tickets: 
https://innovativelives2018.eventbrite.com
 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a basketball legend, U.S. Cultural Ambassador and bestselling author. His book “What Color Is My World: The Lost History of African-American Inventors highlights “unsung heroes who shared a desire to improve people’s lives.” Ray Fouché, Associate Professor and Director of American Studies at Purdue University, will interview Abdul-Jabbar to explore his interest in innovation, the contribution of black inventors to American history and how to encourage youth today to participate in technology and science to make a difference in the world.
 
“Cooking Up History: Carnival and Haitian Food Traditions"
Feb. 10; 1 p.m.
Wallace H. Coulter Performance Plaza, Demonstration Kitchen
First Floor, West
 
Left to Right: Chef Jouvens Jean, curator Joanne Hyppolite and food historian Ashley Rose Young
If it’s February, it must be time for Carnival! Explore the cuisine of Carnival and how communities in the Caribbean and U.S. celebrate this holiday through food. The museum has partnered with the Embassy of the Republic of Haiti in Washington, D.C.and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture to bring this history to life. Food historian Ashley Rose Young and curator Joanne Hyppolite will speak with celebrity Haitian Chef Jouvens Jean about Haitian Carnival traditions while he prepares several dishes that highlight his personal history and wide-ranging culinary career—from winning Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen Season 6 to writing his own cookbook, "Tap Tap Diaries." Hilton is the lead sponsor of the 2018 Cooking Up History Series and Wegmans provides the cooking ingredients. For more information, please visit: s.si.edu/CookHistory.
 
Day of Remembrance, “Never Give Up!” Film Screening and Discussion
Feb. 18; 2-4 p.m.
SC Johnson Conference Center
First Floor, West
 
In observance of the Day of Remembrance, which marks President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1942 signing of Executive Order 9066 and subsequent incarceration of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans, the museum will host a free screening of the film “Never Give Up!” about Minoru (Min) Yasui, a Japanese American lawyer who challenged the legality of the Executive Order. The film is presented by Executive Producer and Co-Director Holly Yasui who will participate in a conversation following the film moderated by Professor Phil Nash from the University of Maryland. Guests can also view the exhibition “Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II” in the museum and objects out of storage.
 
Book Signings
 
Book Signing with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Feb. 8; 3-4 p.m.
First Floor, West
 
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will sign hardcover copies of his book “What Color Is My World: The Lost History of African-American Inventors” outside the Places of Invention exhibition on the First Floor, West Wing. The hardcover copies of “What Color is My World” will be available for purchase at the signing.
 
Films
 
“America’s Musical Journey”
Premieres Feb. 17
Warner Bros. Theater
First Floor, Center
Daily showings, please check website for times

Ticket purchase required: si.edu/theaters
 
“America’s Musical Journey” is a new film celebrating the unique diversity of cultures and the creative risk-taking that characterizes America, as told through the story of its music. The film follows Grammy-Award nominated singer and songwriter Aloe Blacc as he traces Louis Armstrong’s footsteps through the locales and cultures where America’s music was born. Visiting cities such as New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit, New York City, Nashville, Miami and more, audiences will experience uniquely American adventures that embody the country’s trailblazing spirit in scenes shot specifically for the giant screen.
 
“National Parks Adventure”
Premieres Feb. 16
Warner Bros. Theater
First Floor, Center
Daily showings, please check website for times

Ticket purchase required: si.edu/theaters
 
“National Parks Adventure” arrives at the Warner Bros. Theater on Feb. 16. This film explores the nation's awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness in a sweeping overview of the National Parks’ history. Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Everglades, the Redwoods, Arches, and Canyons are shown in 3D with immersive giant-screen cinematography.
 
"We the People: Making a More Perfect Union, One Generation at a Time"
Daily 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.*
Warner Bros. Theater
First Floor, Center
Free; No ticket purchase required
 
The museum’s signature film “We the People” is a 20-minute celebration of the national ideals of democracy, opportunity and freedom. Stunning footage and a soaring soundtrack take viewers on a journey from past to present, honoring the visionary ideas, significant sacrifices and remarkable fortitude of the people who built our country, one generation at a time. Produced by Smithsonian Channel.
*Subject to change, check: http://americanhistory.si.edu.
 
Image credit: 52nd Street, New York, N.Y., circa 1948. William P. Gottlieb collection, Music Division, Library of Congress
Image credit: 52nd Street, New York, N.Y., circa 1948. William P. Gottlieb collection, Music Division, Library of Congress
Performances
 
Smithsonian Master Jazz Orchestra
“Jazz Cities: Regional Styles and Evolution”
Feb. 10; 7:30 p.m.
Hall of Music
Third Floor, West
Ticket purchase required: http://americanhistory.si.edu/smithsonian-jazz
 
Many cities and regions around the country played a significant role in the incubation of jazz music and developed unique regional styles that would slowly influence and inform the larger language of jazz. Paired with the continual evolution of technology, changing regional characteristics, migration, education, and cultural shifts, jazz continues to evolve around the country and in new generations. Join the SJMO to take a musical journey across the nation to explore how jazz has evolved based on regional, social, personal and generational differences.
 
Smithsonian Chamber Music Society
Masterworks of Five Centuries
Feb. 25; 7:30 p.m.
Pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m.
Hall of Music, Third Floor, West
Ticket purchase required: http://smithsonianassociates.org/chamber

Kenneth Slowick (violoncello and harpsichord) presents Johann Sebastian Bach’s Suite in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010; “English” Suite in E Minor, BWV 811 and Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, BWV 903.
 
About the Museum
 
The National Museum of American History explores the infinite richness and complexity of American history through its collections and research. The museum helps people understand the past in order to make sense of the present and shape a more humane future. Admission is free. For more information and to check extended hours, visit us online at http://americanhistory.si.edu. For Smithsonian information, the public may call (202) 633-1000