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Last day to exercise your right to vote for the coolest #StarWars costume exhibit hashtag.
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This game, once in a landfill & now @amhistorymuseum is a crucial part of video game history
Santa seems to get a makeover each generation. Artwork from our collection show the evolution
Our @FreerSackler is the first Smithsonian museum to digitize its entire collection
The story of user-centered design told through 120 beautiful products at @cooperhewitt
#Regram from @levi_higgs from yesterday's #EmptyCooperHewitt tour. Our @cooperhewitt National Design Museum won't be empty any longer. It reopens today after being closed for a 3-year long renovation.
Sportswear changed how female athletes compete. Imagine wearing a knit swimsuit!
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How women created active lifestyles will be part of #ObjectProject exhibition, opening 2015:
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#Jogbra invented by 3 women frustrated by lack of jogging clothing, a popular new pastime in the 1970s.
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TODAY: Explore bird extinctions with Helen James in live webcasts 11AM & 2PM EST. #sciencehow
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This incense container, one of "finest examples of lacquer" in @FreerSackler's collex goes on view Saturday
Chief scientist at @FreerSackler puts sample of lacquer into this machine (pyrolyzer) to analyze chemical components
These food vessels from 18th C (left) & 15th C China show the details that artists could achieve w lacquer
This dish was excavated from water-logged tomb and if isn't treated lacquer can take on "bean curd" looking form
3-4th C B.C. Chinese tray shows that lacquer has been used for a very long time. Red color comes from cinnabar
Lacquer is applied in many layers to wood over long period of time: thin layer, cure, polish, another layer etc etc
Now on to @FreerSackler's conservation lab to learn about Chinese lacquer
.@FreerSackler is also working on 360 view for other 3D objects in the collection, like this Korean ceramic
Zooming in to see details. Author of this piece is undetermined. Now scholars can instantly compare to other works
A Persian manuscript that has just been digitized. Taken with 40 megapixel lens (much better than an iPhone!)
For the tech nerds: 40 Terabyte servers to process and store images and metadata
First stop on BTS @FreerSackler tour, the photography/digitization studio