The L. Gale Lemerand Wing features the Cuban Foundation Museum, the Prehistory of Florida Gallery, and exhibits on African Art and Weaponry from around the world. The L. Gale Lemerand Wing also contains several locations for rotating temporary and traveling exhibitions.
Karshan Center of Graphic Art
On display through August 9, 2020
This exhibition organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, in collaboration with the Jerry Dantzic Archives, offers a vivid and intimate photographic portrait of one of the 20th century's most iconic musical figures: the consummate jazz and blues singer Billie Holiday (1915-1959). Rarely seen photographs capture Holiday's life just two years before she died at the age of 44.
In April 1957, renowned photojournalist Jerry Dantzic gained special access to Holiday during a week-long run of performances at the Newark, New Jersey nightclub, Sugar Hill. We see her joy greeting fans on the street, life at home with friends and family, her preparations backstage, and her captivating charm at the microphone. The images capture her warmth, humanity, complexity, elegance, and star power. Dantzic's images offer an unparalleled look at an American icon, one that goes beyond the tragic narrative that frequently defines her. Sixty years after her death, Billie Holiday's passion and originality come through in every song she sang - and are forever captured in these rare, spectacular photos.
All photographs © 2018 Jerry Dantzic / Jerry Dantzic Archives. All rights reserved.
Image Credit: Billie Holiday on stage at Sugar Hill, Newark, New Jersey, April, 1957.
The Cuban Foundation Museum is home to one of the most important collections of Cuban fine and folk art outside of Cuba. The collection chronicles 300 years of Cuban history and art in more than 200 objects.
The Museum of Arts and Sciences (MOAS) has dedicated a portion of the museum to the prehistory of Florida. This section of the Museum includes preserved insects and butterflies, shells and teeth, along with the remains of a giant ground sloth, mastodon, and glyptodont that were found in our own backyard!
The various pieces of armor and variety of weapons and firearms in this gallery represent the artistic merit and function of weaponry of the past. From hunting to organized warfare and courtly life; from the ivory-inlaid German crossbow to the murderous Napoleonic swords, muskets and sabers on dipslay, these important objects were created from exquisit woods and steel with silver inlay, gold and other precious materials brought together by fine craftsmanship and beauty of form.
The African tribal objects in this gallery, are part of a significantly larger number of artifacts gathered and donated to the Museum during the 1980's. In their historic homeland, in isolated and highly organized communities these items orginally played vital roles in dialy events; for example in cermonies for celebration, initiation from childhood into adulthood, preparation for war or harvesting.