Exhibition Events

Exhibition Events

The Shades of Things: A History of Color Dictionaries and Descriptive Charts in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Please join the Smithsonian Libraries on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 for a lecture featuring Dan Lewis, Dibner Senior Curator for the History of Science and Technology at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, and author of Belonging on an Island: A Modern History of Hawaiian Birds in Four Species (forthcoming) and The Feathery Tribe: Robert Ridgway and the Modern Study of Birds.

Dibner Library Lecture: Color in the Scientific Image

Please join the Smithsonian Libraries on Friday, January 13, 2017 for our 23rd Annual Dibner Library Lecture featuring Mazviita Chirimuuta, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh

6:00pm, Friday, January 13, 2017
Warner Bros Theater at the National Museum of American History
12th Street and Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC

Color with us on National Coloring Book Day!

Sharpen your colored pencils!  August 2nd is National Coloring Book Day! To celebrate, we’ve put together a second set of coloring pages based on images in our collection. The booklet, which features 11 pages of pretty pictures begging to be colored, is available as a downloadable pdf file (10 MB) here.

Camouflage: Abbott Handerson Thayer's "Beautiful Law of Nature"

Camouflage: Abbott Handerson Thayer's "Beautiful Law of Nature"
A lecture by William Adair, frame conservator, frame historian, and master gilder, Gold Leaf Studios

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
6:00pm
Baird Auditorium
National Museum of Natural History
10th Street and Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC

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Book Arts Workshop for Adults | Color Theory Flag Books with Esther K. Smith

Join us for an afternoon of colorful hands-on design with Esther K. Smith, pioneer designer of handmade books and co-founder of Purgatory Pie Press.  Enjoy a brief tour of the Smithsonian Libraries exhibition Color in a New Light for creative crafting inspiration.

Atlas Munsell Color Collection

Light and Color in Art

Light and Color in Art
An Illustrated Lecture by William Woodward, Artist and Prof. Emeritus, The George Washington University

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 5:30pm
Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium
Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery
8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC

Please click here to RSVP. For access services, please contact us at silrsvp@si.edu or 202-633-2241, preferably two weeks in advance of the program.

Indoor Recess

Indoor Recess

Smithsonian Libraries Presents: INDOOR RECESS a lunchtime getaway

Featuring your favorite classes as a kid, Library and Art!

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#ColorOurCollections Coloring Event

From Feburary 1-5, 2016 the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) is encouraging cultural institutions and crayon enthusiasts to join together for #ColorOurCollections. Institutions such as NYAM, the Biodiversity Heritage Library and the Smithsonian Libraries will provide inspiration and coloring sheets for artists of all ages to fill in. Colorers can share their creations on social media by tagging the organization and using the hashtag #ColorOurCollections.


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As part of the #ColorOurCollections event, we've created a coloring booklet. Download and share! 

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View videos and Periscope broadcasts related to Color in a New Light. More coming soon!

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