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A signare, or woman of color in St. Louis, Senegal

The World in Miniature Africa Vol.1-2

By Frederic Shoberl. London : R. Ackermann, 1821.: London : R. Ackermann, 1821.
Adoption Amount: $400   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Warren M. Robbins Library, National Museum of African Art

This little 19th-century gem, The World in Miniature: Africa, was written to satisfy the curiosity of the British public about unknown Africa.  Based on eye-witness accounts written by the Scottish explorer Mungo Park, who died in West Africa in 1806, the fifty-three chapters cover a wide range of topics: Geography, natural history, ethnicity, types of government, systems of justice, arts and crafts, warfare, food, women, and slavery. The most engaging features in these tiny tomes are the forty-five hand-colored engravings and two maps. Read More
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The World Was My Garden

By David Fairchild. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1939.
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Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

David Fairchild (1869-1954), was a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) botanist and plant explorer extraordinaire. He wrote this book on behalf of and with the assistance of his friends, Alfred and Elizabeth Kay. He had been ill and close to 70 years old at the time of publication. Fairchild lived an incredible life collecting food crops throughout the world. In the last five years, there has been a resurgence on the importance of his career because of biographies written by two authors, Daniel Stone and Amanda Harris. Fairchild is responsible for the introduction of a number of... Read More
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Wrapped in Pride

By Doran H. Ross. Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, 1998.
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Library: National Museum of African American History & Culture Library

Kente cloth was once only worn on special occasions. Today, it is one of the best-known African textiles and is used in many ways, from hats, ties, and bags to drums, shields, and umbrellas. The pattern has also been adopted as surface designs for everything from Band-Aids to Bible covers. Traditionally worn by royalty, Kente cloth originated among the Asante people of Ghana and the Ewe people of Ghana and Togo (men would wear the cloth as a toga, and women wore the cloth as a wrap around the body). The colors and woven designs are representative symbols of... Read More
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Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

By Yoshitake, Mika (ed.). Munich ; London ; New York: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and DelMonico Books/Prestel, 2017.
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Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

A lusciously illustrated hardcover catalog published in conjunction with the popular retrospective exhibition Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Beautiful full color plates showcase a selection of Kusama’s paintings, sculptures, works on paper, performances, and installations, culminating in a catalogue raisonné of the artist’s Infinity Mirror Rooms to date. Essays, an interview with the artist, an illustrated chronology, and an annotated bibliography introduce new scholarly perspectives on this pioneering artist’s life and her... Read More
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Yayoi Kusama: Pumpkins

By Yayoi Kusama. London: Victoria Miro Gallery, 2014.
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Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

"It seems that pumpkins do not inspire much respect. But I was enchanted by their charming and winsome form.” Thus Yayoi Kusama explains her attraction to the humble pumpkin in the preface to the catalog of the 2014 exhibition Yayoi Kusama: Pumpkins at the Victoria Miro Gallery in London. Both the pumpkin form and the repeated, striated spray of dots inspired by the markings on Japanese kabocha pumpkins are recurring motifs this iconic artist’s work across various media. This richly illustrated book highlights several series of Kusama’s pumpkins, including paintings as well as... Read More
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Yayoi Kusama: White Infinity Nets.

By Yayoi Kusama. London: Victoria Miro Gallery, 2013.
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Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

A catalog of the 2013 exhibition Yayoi Kusama: White Infinity Nets at the Victoria Miro Gallery in London, in which Kusama exclusively showed her recent white Infinity Net paintings. This book contains full color plates of the paintings; installation shots; details of Kusama’s thick, impasto semi-circles; photographs of the artist at work in her studio, and an essay by Rachel Taylor, curator at the Tate Modern museum in London. Read More
Zoonooz (Dec. 1933-Dec. 1935)

Zoonooz (Dec. 1933-Dec. 1935)

By Belle J. Benchley, Editor. San Diego: Zoological Society of San Diego, 1933-1935.
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Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

This gathered volume of ZOONOOZ, the palindromic newsletter of the Zoological Society of San Diego, optimistically restarts its publication after a hiatus during the Great Depression. Belle J. Benchley, who was the Executive Director of the San Diego Zoo, was also the editor of ZOONOOZ. During her twenty-eight year career, Benchley grew the Zoo from small animal collection to a world class operation. ZOONOOZ is still in publication today. The articles within create a quite a snapshot of 1930’s San Diego: “Snakes of San Diego County” (with rattlesnake dos and don’ts), animal... Read More
Zooplankton of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts

Zooplankton of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts

By William S. Johnson and Dennis M. Allen; with illustrations by Marni Fylling. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012.
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Library: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Library

Every tidepool—and the ocean itself— is teaming with microscopic pants and animals. These tiny creatures are called “plankton.” There are two different kinds of plankton: phytoplankton—one celled plants, and zooplankton—diminutive sea animals. At the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, study of zooplankton and phytoplankton alike aid in the understanding of the large-scale impacts of human activities on the distribution and abundance of ocean species. This guide to zooplankton was designed for students and beginners, as well more experienced scientists. Included... Read More

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