August 10, 1846~ U.S. Senate establishes the Smithsonian Institution

Model for Seated Statue of James Smithson by Gutzon Borglum

1904 / 27 1/8”x10 1/8”x11 1/2” / Painted plaster / Smithsonian American Art Museum, DC

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In 1826, three years before his death, Smithson penned his own will directing that his fortune be left to his nephew, Henry James Dickinson, son of his brother, Henry Louis Dickinson. Smithson also implicitly requested that the nephew adopt the family name Hungerford, which he did if only for a brief time. https://www.si.edu/ahhp/smithsons_will#

Smithson further stipulated that:

“In the case of the death of my said Nephew without leaving a child or children, or the death of the child or children he may have had under the age of twenty-one years or intestate, I then bequeath the whole of my property… to the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an Establishment for the increase & diffusion of knowledge among men”. https://siarchives.si.edu/history/featured-topics/stories/last-will-and-testament-october-23-1826

July 29, 1836~ Inauguration of l’Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile, in Paris

The Marseillaise (The Departure of the Volunteers of 1792),
Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile, 1833-36, by François Rude

Photograph by Gustave Le Gray / 1852 / Salted paper print / 19”x14 1/2” / Victoria & Albert Museum, London

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Previous July 29 posts:

Summer~ July 29

Marguerite Mahood: Born July 29, 1901

Artist Birthday Quiz for 7/29~

Aesthetica Art Prize Call for Entries

Aesthetica Art Prize

Categories include: Photographic & Digital Art; Three-Dimensional Design & Sculpture; Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media; & Video, Installation & Performance.

Submissions are open until August 31, 2019.
More information here~ https://www.aestheticamagazine.com/art-prize/

Entry is 24 GBP (approx. 31 USD) for one entry. You may submit up to two works in the same category per entry, unless you are entering an Artists’ Film, in which case you may submit one work per entry fee.

Open to entrants of all ages and nationalities.
Details~ https://graphiccompetitions.com/multiple-disciplines/the-aesthetica-art-prize-competition-2019/

The Awards are open to all artist across the world and include a Main Prize of £5,000 (approx. 6,465 USD) and an Emerging Prize of £1,000 (approx. 1,290 USD), alongside publication and exhibition.
Apply here~ https://aestheticamagazine.submittable.com/submit/133496/aesthetica-art-prize

May 29, 1970~ German-born American sculptor Eva Hesse dies

Ennead by Eva Hesse

1966 / Acrylic, papier-mâché, plastic, plywood, string
Approximately 96”x39”x17” / Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA

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Previous May 29 posts:

Love & War~ May 29

May 29, 1913: Premiere of “Le sacre du printemps”

Artist Birthday Quiz for 5/29~

May 23, 1911~ Dedication of The New York Public Library

The New York Public Library Lions by Edward Clark Potter

1911 / Pink Tennessee marble / 72”x144” / The New York Public Library

Birthing the New York Public Library Lions~
http://mentalfloss.com/article/73386/birthing-new-york-public-library-lions

Previous May 23 posts:

Love & War~ May 23

Margaret Wise Brown: Born May 23, 1910

Artist Birthday Quiz for 5/23~

May 21, 1972~ Michelangelo’s Pietà in Rome is damaged by a vandal

The Vatican Pietà by Michelangelo Buonarroti

1498–1499 / Carrara marble / 68.5”x76.8”x27.2” / St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome

PIETA RESTORED: British Movietone, 11/06/1972~ https://youtu.be/xwhF6D8k-qY

Previous May 21 posts:

Love & War~ May 21

Norma Bassett Hall, American printmaker: Born May 21, 1889

Fats Waller: Born May 21, 1904

Artist Birthday Quiz for 5/21~