Calendar of Exhibitions and Events May 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:
Closing Exhibition:
Religion in Early America
Last chance to see: June 3
The Nicholas and Eugenia Taubman Gallery
Second Floor, West Wing
“Religion in Early America” is the first exhibition pertaining to religion at the museum, emphasizing the role of religion in the formation and development of the U.S. The exhibition looks at the themes of religious diversity, freedom and growth from the colonial era through the 1840s. For more information, please visit:
Opening Display:
Let’s Get it Right: Work Incentives Posters
Opens May 12
Archives Center
First Floor, West Wing
“Let’s Get it Right: Work Incentive Posters of the 1920s” will explore how employers encouraged their workforce. On display May 12 through September 2018, the Archives Center Gallery will feature more than a dozen posters with images and phrases designed to influence attitudes, reduce conflict and increase efficiency. For more information about the display, please visit:
Featured Events:
“The Restaurant as Living Theater: An Evening with the Inn At Little Washington”
May 23; 6:30 p.m.
Warner Bros. Theater
First Floor, Center
Tickets required:
A unique conversation and reception to celebrate 40 years of the Inn at Little Washington and local food history. Patrick O’Connell (chef and proprietor of the Inn at Little Washington), Michael Kahn (Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company) and Tom Sietsema (Food Critic for The Washington Post) will hold a discussion in Warner Bros. Theater, followed by a reception featuring a Virginia springtime tasting menu created by O’Connell. For more information, please visit
Military Invention Day Festival
May 19; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation will showcase examples of contemporary military inventions alongside historical technologies from the museum’s collections. The daylong festival celebrates the role of invention for the U.S., the changing relationship between military research and commerce and will feature new inventions from the armed forces and associated technology firms. Attendees can also talk to scientists and engineers and try hands-on invention. For more information, please visit the Lemelson Center website:
Innovative Lives: Susan Kare
May 8; 6:30 p.m.
Wallace H. Coulter Plaza
First Floor, West
Registration required:
Graphic designer Susan Kare is best known for designing the distinctive icons, typefaces, and other graphic elements that gave the Apple Macintosh its characteristic look and feel. Since then, Kare has spent the last three decades designing user interface elements for many of the leading software and Internet firms. Lemelson Center historian Eric S. Hintz will interview Dr. Kare about her career, followed by questions from the audience. For more information, please visit:
“Cooking Up History”
Asian Pacific American Foodways
May 4; 1 p.m.
Wallace H. Coulter Performance Plaza, Demonstration Kitchen
First Floor, West
Chef and cookbook author Patricia Tanumihardja will join museum food historian Ashley Young for a cooking demonstration to mark Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Chef Tanumihardja was born in Indonesia, raised in Singapore and lives on the east coast of the U.S. Her cooking marries regional Southeast Asian cuisine with local ingredients and a farm-to-table ethos. Following the demonstration, Chef Tanumihadja will sign copies of her book, Farm to Table Asian Secrets: Vegan & Vegetarian Full-Flavored Recipes for Every Season. Books will be available for purchase on site. For more information, please visit:
Smithsonian Chamber Music Society
Smithsonian Chamber Players
May 5-6; 7:30 p.m.
Pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m.
Hall of Music, Third Floor, West
The Smithsonian Chamber Players— Ian Swensen (violin), Elisabeth Reed (violoncello) and Kenneth Slowik (harpsichord)—will perform Joseph Haydn’s Early Keyboard Trios (1759-85).
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