Calendar of Exhibitions and Events February 2021

January 11, 2021

VIRTUAL PROGRAMS

Pandemic Perspectives
Race and Place: Yellow Fever and the Free African Society in Philadelphia
Feb. 2; 4-5 p.m.


Join curators and historians for a series of panels offering perspectives on the current pandemic. Panelists will virtually share objects from the past, using them as a springboard to a discussion of how to better understand the present. Audience questions are encouraged.

Moderator:
    Alexandra Lord, National Museum of American History

Panelists:
    Billy Smith, Montana State University
    David Barnes, University of Pennsylvania
    Dr. Vanessa Northington Gamble, George Washington University

Innovative Lives: Jessica O. Matthews
Feb. 10; 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Free event, for more information:
 https://invention.si.edu/about/events

The Lemelson Center’s Innovative Lives series engages audiences in public conversations with diverse inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs about their pioneering work and careers. This month we’re joined by Nigerian-American inventor, CEO, and venture capitalist Jessica O. Matthews. Matthews is the co-founder of Uncharted Power, and inventor of Soccket, a soccer ball that harnesses the kinetic energy of the ball during normal game play and stores it to be used as a power generator.

Pandemic Perspectives
Essential Workers: Prestige Versus Pay
Feb. 16; 4-5 p.m.

Join curators and historians for a series of panels offering perspectives on the current pandemic. Panelists will virtually share objects from the past, using them as a springboard to a discussion of how to better understand the present. Audience questions are encouraged.

Moderator:
    Alexandra Lord, National Museum of American History

Panelists:
    Peter Liebhold, National Museum of American History
    Molly Kinder, Brookings Institute
    Jacob Remes, New York University, Gallatin

Day of Remembrance 2021: Race in America, Unifying Our Communities
Feb. 19; 6 p.m.
For more information: 
https://americanhistory.si.edu/day-of-remembrance

The program will focus on issues of race, inequity and justice and explore how Americans currently understand, experience and confront racism, its impact on communities and how that impact is shaping America and its value. This year features David Ono’s documentary called “FACEism” to examine the often-ignored history, erase stereotyping and move toward a better understanding of each other and the challenges facing the nation today.

Live Virtual Conversation: "Tell Me What Democracy Looks Like: Viral Histories II"
Feb. 26; 1 p.m.
For more information:
 http://s.si.edu/tmwdll

The National Museum of American History asks audiences: "What does democracy look like today?" The museum will present a live virtual conversation focusing on undocumented organizers and how they are expanding democratic practice. It is centered on five topics from its testimonial video series, ranging from mutual aid groups formed by undocumented communities to survive Covid-19; the impact of the U.S. response to the Sept. 11 attacks on immigrant communities; the DREAM Act; deportation, detention and policing policies and the organizing across identities by various communities of color and LGBTQ groups. 

The conversation may be accessed in the museum's YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/c/nationalmuseumofamericanhistory/featured and the testimonial videos with information about the project and learning resources can be accessed here http://s.si.edu/tmwdll

Charlie Parker Centennial
Feb. 26, 7–8:30 p.m.
Fee and program information here:
 https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/streaming/

In his short life, legendary jazz saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker changed the world of music, creating with a small group of innovators the musical style called bop or bebop. Like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and John Coltrane, he was a pioneering composer and improviser who ushered in a new era of jazz and influenced later generations of musicians and artists.

Join SJMO’s artistic director and conductor Charlie Young, Dwandalyn R. Reece, curator of Music and Performing Arts at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Bobby Watson from the American Jazz Museum as they take us back in time to hear the Grammy Award-winning Parker’s sound and to understand how his brilliance and charisma had an impact on the course of music like no other.

In partnership with the Smithsonian Associates.