Peter B. Jones (Peter Bauman Jones), Onondaga/Seneca, b. 1947
Pottery, wood, commercially tanned leather, glaze
Modeled, glazed, carved
13.5 x 15.1 x 22.5 cm
Collins, Cattaraugus Reservation; Erie County; New York; USA
Purchased from the artist in 1985 by Indian Arts and Crafts Board representatives; part of the IACB Headquarters collection (Department of the Interior, Washington, DC) until 2000 when it was transferred to NMAI.
Collins, Cattaraugus Reservation; Erie County; New York; USA
Acquired by Indian Arts and Crafts Board representatives from an unknown source at an unknown date; part of the IACB Headquarters collection (Department of the Interior, Washington, DC) until 2000 when it was transferred to NMAI.
A distinguished biochemist, Maxine Singer earned the National Medal of Science in 1992 and led the Carnegie Institution from 1988 to 2002. Her groundbreaking research on DNA has improved our understanding of the development and structure of such genetic diseases as hemophilia. Singer notes that such experimentation, for which she helped devise ethical guidelines, "bring[s] closer the day when the ability to manipulate genetic material can be used for improving the lives of all humans."
Jon Friedman's study for a portrait commissioned by the Carnegie Institution reflects Singer's wide-ranging interests, from DNA to astronomy. Her influential Genes and Genomes (1990, with Paul Berg) appears beside a model of the Carnegie's Giant Magellan Telescope. Her family is pictured in the lower left, while Singer encourages two youngsters in the image directly below her book, illustratingher commitment to science education and public service.
Maxine Singer’s achievements in science are newsworthy, but she has eluded the public eye. A pioneering molecular biologist, Singer has also been in the forefront of crafting ethical and safety guidelines for genetic engineering and is a staunch public advocate for science. She began her career at the National Institute of Arthritis, Metabolism, and Digestive Diseases in 1958 and moved to the National Cancer Institute in 1974, where she was recognized for her research in recombinant DNA. She led the Carnegie Institution from 1988 to 2002, earning the National Medal of Science in 1992. Singer is renowned not only for her research but also for promoting science education in public schools and equal access for women and minorities in scientific fields.
Commissioned by the Carnegie Institution to make a painted portrait of Singer, artist Jon Friedman worked closely with her during the photo shoot. Capturing in this sketch the immediacy of a moment, he implies the impact of her intense focus.
Maxine Singer nacida en 1931
Nacida en la ciudad de Nueva York
Los logros de Maxine Singer en las ciencias son dignos de primeras planas, pero ella esquiva la atención del público. Singer no solo ha sido pionera de la biología molecular, sino una líder en la elaboración de pautas éticas y de seguridad para el ámbito de la ingeniería genética, además de tenaz defensora pública de las ciencias. Comenzó su carrera en 1958 en el Instituto Nacional de Artritis, Metabolismo y Enfermedades Digestivas y se trasladó en 1974 al Instituto Nacional del Cáncer, donde fue reconocida por su investigación sobre el ADN recombinante. Dirigió el Instituto Carnegie desde 1988 hasta 2002, y recibió la Medalla Nacional de las Ciencias en 1992. Singer es famosa no solo por sus investigaciones sino por promover la enseñanza de ciencias en las escuelas públicas y el acceso equitativo para las mujeres y las minorías en los campos científicos.
El Instituto Carnegie le comisionó a Jon Friedman un retrato pintado de Singer y él trabajó de cerca con ella durante la sesión de fotos. Al captar en este boceto la inmediatez de un momento, el artista evoca la impactante intensidad de esta mujer.
Purchased from the artist in 1970 by Indian Arts and Crafts Board representatives; part of the IACB Headquarters collection (Department of the Interior, Washington, DC) until 2000 when it was transferred to NMAI.
Robert Henri, American, b. Cincinnati, Ohio, 1865–1929
Oil on canvas
33 1/4 X 41 1/4 IN. (84.4 X 104.6 CM.)
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1966
Estate of the artist
Violet Organ, New York
Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, to 2 June 1959
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 2 June 1959 to 17 May 1966
Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 17 May 1966
JESUP GALLERY, Westport Public Library, Connecticut. "Music in Art," 25 March-13 April 1963 (sponsored by the Westport Community Association).
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975.
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HENRI, ROBERT. Unpublished Record Book, p. 83. Courtesy of Mrs. John C. LeClair, Glen Gardner, NJ.
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Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
R&B Singer Shirley Jones
From the R&B program "Session Stage," Shirley Jones shares stories from her illustrious career, describing how she and her sisters got their start as back-up singers for Diana Ross and other Motown stars, their experiences as The Jones Girls, and Shirley's solo career. Video shot by Pruitt Allen. Edited by Sophia Dagher and Harry Kidd. [Catalog No. - CFV10345; Copyright - 2011 Smithsonian Institution]