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George Washington: A National Treasure

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From: BJ Berquist (berquist_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Mar 23 2002 - 04:23:14 PST


3. George Washington: A National Treasure
http://georgewashington.si.edu/

George Washington: A National Treasure is a national exhibit that
focuses on
the Lansdowne portrait of George Washington, painted by Gilbert Stuart
in
1796 (the last painting of Washington before his death). An historic
tour
from the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, this painting will
travel
across the country to eight major cities for the first time. The
portrait is
currently at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas, and will remain
there until June 16, 2002. Over the next two years, the painting will
travel
to seven other cities: Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Seattle, Minneapolis,
Oklahoma City, Little Rock, and New York City. Currently, Internet users
may
explore this historical portrait at the above listed site using three
different filters: symbolic, biographic, and artistic. Each filter
highlights a distinct component of the portrait, provides background
information, and offers an interpretation of each individual element. In
addition, the site contains biographical information on Washington's
life,
an exhibition schedule, and a teaching section for kids. [MG]

5. Ansel Adam's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/aamhtml/aamhome.html

In 1943, Ansel Adams (1902-1984) documented the Manzanar War Relocation
Center in California where Japanese Americans interned during World War
II.
Presented by the Library of Congress, Ansel Adams's Photographs of
Japanese-
American Internment at Manzanar displays side-by-side digital scans of
Adams's 242 original negatives and 209 photographic prints. Furthermore,
viewers get the opportunity not only to see Adam's darkroom techniques
but
also how he cropped his prints. Some of the photographic images include
views of daily life, agricultural scenes, and sports and leisure
activities.
Adams offered the collection to the Library of Congress in 1965, stating
that the purpose of his work was to "show how these people, suffering
under
a great injustice, and loss of property, businesses and professions, had
overcome the sense of defeat and despair by building for themselves a
vital
community in an arid (but magnificent) environment...." Searchable by
keyword and browseable by subject, for the first time, Internet users
can
get an illustrative glimpse of what life was like for Japanese Americans
during this time. [MG]

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2002.
http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/

Forwarded by:
BJ Berquist
Associate Educator, TAPPED IN
mailto:bjb@tappedin.org
http://www.tappedin.org/info/members/bj.html

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