Smithsonian Institution Archives

Landscape by 19th century Black abolitionist painter given to President Biden as inaugural gift

February 4, 2021

Alongside two U.S. flags and a pair of commemorative vases, newly swornin President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris received an artwork as a gift: Robert S. Duncanson’s Landscape with Rainbow, an 1859 painting on loan from the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) in Washington, D.C. Roy Blunt, a Republican senator from Missouri, called… [Read More]

Lonnie G. Bunch III to become the Smithsonian’s 14th secretary

August 29, 2019

The founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Bunch represents the first insider to lead the Institution in decades On Sunday May, 28, 2019, The Smithsonian named Lonnie G. Bunch, III, as the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Bunch is the founding director of the National Museum of African… [Read More]