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Archaeological researches in Costa Rica, map

Archæological researches in Costa Rica

By Carl Vilhelm Hartman. Stockholm: I. Hæggströms boktryckeri, 1901.
Adoption Amount: $550   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Library

Considered a publication of exceptional value, this thorough study of Costa Rican archaeology investigates graves and burial mounds, pottery vessels, and buildings. The author spent over a year working in the field, both on the Atlantic coast, and the interior of the country. The volume is beautifully illustrated with 87 plates and over 400 text illustrations. Formerly a copy held by the Peabody Museum of American Archaeology and Ethnology, the volume is inscribed to anthropologist “Professor F.W. Putnam, with compliments of the author.” Considerado una publicación de... Read More
Arctic Memories frontcover

Arctic Memories

By Normee Ekoomiak. New York: Holt, 1990, c1988.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Vine Deloria, Jr. Library, National Museum of the American Indian

Arctic Memories is an overview of Inuit life written for young people. The stories and illustrations are full of beauty and relay so much about life and culture in the Arctic. Author and illustrator Normee Ekoomiak was one of the the most prolific Inuit artists of the 20th century whose life, as a victim of the residential school system and homelessness, shows both the injustices suffered by Canada’s indigenous peoples and their remarkable resilience against that injustice. His paintings and tapestries adorn both the pages of Arctic Memories and the walls of the National Gallery of... Read More
Cover of Arizona /  Isamu Noguchi, Issey Miyake.


By Isamu Noguchi and Issey Miyake. [S.l.]: Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, 1997.
Adoption Amount: $325   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

An attractive, slipcased catalog for a collaborative exhibition of sculptor Isamu Noguchi, painter Genichiro Inokuma, and designer Issey Miyake at the Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, highlighting the mutual influence of the three friends and their hybrid Japanese and American cultures. After forming a close friendship in New York City in the 1950s, Noguchi took recent Japanese immigrant Inokuma to Poston, Arizona, the site of an internment camp for Japanese-Americans in World War II where Noguchi lived voluntarily in solidarity with his countryman, despite exemption... Read More
Armenian Art, pages with illustrations

Armenian Art

By Sirarpie Der Nersessian. London: Thames and Hudson, 1977.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

Sirarpie Der Nersessian (1896-1989) was an Armenian art historian. Born in Istanbul, she fled in 1915 to escape the persecutions that had erupted against Armenians in the Ottoman Empire. She lived for a time in Switzerland, then moved to Paris in 1919, where she obtained a graduate degree at the Sorbonne. By the mid-20th century, she was living in Washington D.C., working as a scholar at Dumbarton Oaks. In 1963, she published a book on the Freer Gallery of Art’s Armenian Gospel manuscript folios. In Armenian Art, published in 1977, Der Nersessian focused on art produced after the... Read More
Astra castra; experiments and adventures in the atmosphere

Astra Castra

By Christopher Hatton Turnor. London: Chapman and Hall, 1865.
Adoption Amount: $500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Air and Space Museum Library

Published in 1865, this work is a compendium of aeronautical literature ranging from ancient mythology to scientific advances of the 1860s. Hatton Turnor, the compiler, reviewed ballooning and other lighter-than-air flight, with some references to heavier-than-air flight attempts. The work contains 12 chapters with 22 portraits of balloonists, and lists the names of the first 500 people to ascend in balloons, giving the dates and places of their first ascents. It also notes that ten of the balloonists had died in ballooning accidents. The pages are gilt-edged. This book was part of the... Read More
Susa cover

At Susa, the Ancient Capital of the Kings of Persia

By Jane Paule Henriette Rachel (Magre) Dieulafoy. Philadelphia: Gebbie & Company, 1890.
Adoption Amount: $500   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

This English translation of Jane Dieulafoy’s account of her travels to Susa in Persia (modern-day Iran) describes in detail the many villages she saw and the artifacts she and her husband, Marcel Dieulafoy, collected. One of the famous artifacts sent to France from Susa is the Frise des Lions, which is currently at the Museé du Louvre. The French government awarded Dieulafoy the Legion of Honor for her explorations in the Susa region and her subsequent artifact contributions. While traveling with her husband, Dieulafoy dressed in men's clothing, a practice she continued even while in... Read More
Atlas of the Philippine Islands folio book

Atlas of the Philippine Islands

By Manila Observatory. Washington [D.C.]: [U.S.] G.P.O, 1900.
Adoption Amount: $900   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

This atlas was drawn up in the late 1880s under the supervision of Jesuit Observatory director Fr Joséš Algue, S.J. At a time when no full surveys of the islands existed, the compilers painstakingly worked to collect and verify all available data from residents, travelers, explorers, and the like. Native Philippine draftsmen executed the drawings. When the Philippines was ceded to the U.S. in 1899, the U.S. recognized the project’s value and agreed to publish the work through the U.S. Coastal and Geodetic Survey, redoing some maps and including an introduction and statistical... Read More
Auguste Rodin, céramiste. Title page.

Auguste Rodin, Ceramiste

By Roger Marx. Paris: Societe de propagation des livres d'art, 1907.
Adoption Amount: $400   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

Touring the Hirshhorn’s Sculpture Garden, one might not realize that Rodin, creator of the massive bronze Burghers of Calais and Monument to Balzac, was also expert in the delicate art of ceramics. After completing studies at the Petite École, Rodin was employed as a ceramic decorator at the Sèvres Porcelain Factory from 1879 to 1882 and occasionally through the 1880s under artistic director Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse, who recruited Rodin for his extraordinary modeling skills which walked the line between sculpture and drawing. This remarkable output is represented by this volume,... Read More
Awareness of Love

Awareness of Love

By Rafael F. Squirru. [Washington: H.K. Press, 1966].
Adoption Amount: $3,500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

Born in Chile, but settling in the United States in the mid-1960s, Juan Downey explored many different art media. Although he became primarily known for his video art, he also created in other media, including painting, installations, and printmaking. Early in his career he studied in Santiago, Spain and then Paris, France where he focused on printmaking and painting. His early work already shows his interest in energy and concerns with navigating his Latin American heritage with his adopted home and ideals. He is now recognized as one of the earliest adopters of video art which... Read More


By Carlos Paez Vilaro. Bahia, Brazil: 1956.
Adoption Amount: $750   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Warren M. Robbins Library, National Museum of African Art

Carlos Páez Vilaró (1923-2014), born in the vibrant, multicultural city of Montevideo, Uruguay, was a self-taught, tirelessly creative painter, potter, sculptor, composer, architect/builder, and writer. He began his artistic career at age 16, sketching nightlife in the bars and cabarets of Buenos Aires. His lifelong preoccupation with African themes began back in Uruguay with the Afro-Uruguayan music and dance traditions elaborated by the descendants of African slaves and called Candomblé. Moving on to Bahía, Brazil, he was struck by the intensity of Afro-Brazilian culture,... Read More