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Frontierland and Liberty Square attractions from the 1977 Disney World Guide. Via Vintage Disneyland Tickets. More vintage Disney.

As fans of Abraham Lincoln we were blown away by this incredibly awesome and astonishingly realistic bust of Honest Abe, created by visual artist and special effects makeup artist Kazuhiro Tsuji. The silicone sculpted, mixed media bust measures 45” tall, 80” with its stand. We keep staring at this photo waiting for Abe to blink.

Entitled Lincoln, the piece is part of Conjoined III: The Final Chapter, a group art exhibition curated by artist Chet Zar at CoproGallery, features surreal dimensional artwork from over 80 skilled artists. The show opened Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at the CoproGallery in Santa Monica, California and will run until Saturday, February 9, 2013.

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Recently, our specialists at smithsonian3d stopped by the whitehouse to scan President Obama in 3-D for the first ever presidential portrait created using 3-D technology. Watch the video to see how they did it. 

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Knitting sculpture by Molly Spier ‘12. From Molly’s artist statement:

"I have been knitting for 10 years, starting when I was a wee camper at a summer camp in the San Juan Islands in Washington State. A woman named Jaina taught me. I remember trying to knit a square, but not having a command over the mechanics, the square increase itself, resulting in an unfinished triangle. Since that first project knitting has been a constant in my life. When I got to Bennington I started surfing knitting blogs. I noticed that knitting projects often weren’t just garments, but that it was possible to be sculptural, even representative through knitting. I took on small projects for friends, making Kiwi birds, bananas with peels, and an octopus with a beer bottle in each tentacle (aptly named ‘Drunktopus’). Entering into Intro Sculpture with Jon Isherwood was a no-brainer. I knew that there were many different things to explore in the fiber medium, and taking sculpture classes has allowed me to get my hands dirty and make things I wouldn’t have expected. I have been making work in the Advanced Sculpture class for four terms now, moving from knitting to spinning to felting. It has been important for me to work in the fiber medium, and through this practice working to understand the significance of being a maker. This term my focus has been on needle felting and making collage. The entry of collage into my work came when I took Mary Lum’s Markmaking and Representation class. Collage is a satisfyingly fast-paced practice for me, while knitting and needle felting takes much more time."

[Images from the Bennington College Flickr]

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Even though Tuesday’s post on LBJ wasn’t too popular, I guess this week’s theme continues with another presidential museum. Yesterday I was watching the evening news because I am 75 years old, and to my surprise they were talking about a weird museum. How exciting! Since 1965 a small bank in northwest Kansas celebrates all 60 losers of the U.S. presidential elections. Don’t worry! 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney was added this week at a FREE reception with coffee and cookies. The “They Also Ran Gallery” was the brainchild of former bank president (do I see a theme here?) William Walter Rouse who was given a copy of a book called They Also Ran by Irving Stone (Expect the Mitt Romney sequel I Also Ran…Through $800 Million Dollars next summer). Anyway, Stone’s book is the story of nineteen men who all suffered the same fate: they were defeated for the presidency of the United States. Rouse must have a thing for losers, because the book inspired him to start a loser museum. How about that? Located on the upper floor of the bank, the gallery of presidential underachiever portraits starts with Thomas Jefferson, who lost to John Adams in 1796 before defeating Adams for the presidency in 1800, and of course ends with John McCain and Mitt Romney. But those are some of the famous names. Do you know anything about Rufus King, William H. Crawford, John Charles Fremont or James B. Weaver? Of course you don’t. They have faded into obscurity, because that’s usually what happens to losers. But they live on at the museum, which surprisingly, attracts a few hundred visitors a year. Nobody likes a loser, well, except at the They Also Ran Gallery.

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Elaine de Kooning: Portraits

Elaine de Kooning: Portraits

Elaine de Kooning (1918 – 1989) (born Elaine Marie Fried) works on a series of portraits of President John F. Kennedy in her studio, New York, New York, 1964. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt.

I am absolutely dying to visit The National Portrait Gallery’s current exhibition, Elaine de Kooning: Portraits, curated by Brandon Brame Fortune, the Portrait Gallery’s chief curator and senior curator of…

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Inspirational Women: Paula Crown

Paula Crown’s portfolio over the last four decades is defined by her relentless advocacy for initiatives in education, children’s health, the arts and environmentally sustainable business practices.

Beginning her career as an investment banker, Crown has been a driving force behind a host of visionary initiatives that support institutions and communities in both the profit and non-profit sectors and in 2009 Crown was appointed to President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Leaving the financial world behind, Crown embarked on a career in art, the fruits of which are on display in her first solo show at the Marlborough Gallery, New York.

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The Diplomacy Gallery reflects the office or working area of President Marcos. It also holds some of the books owned by the president as well as books that talks about the life of the late president. The National Building Gallery features all the projects that have built during the Marcos government.

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(Video) Obama Discusses Ferguson Shooting And Addresses Mean Tweets





Obama Discusses Ferguson Shooting and addresses mean tweets. The leader of the free world recently appeared on the the Jimmy Kimmel show.The two discussed a range of things like the shooting in Ferguson, Kanye West,and the ridiculous mean tweets the president receives. Check the gallery for the tweets! Find out more after the jump.



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Obama Discusses Ferguson Shooting And Addresses Mean Tweets



“What had been happening in Ferguson was oppressive and objectionable and worthy of protest, but there was no excuse for criminal acts,” Obama said of the two officers that were shot. “What we have to make sure is the folks that disregard and disrespect the other side, the people that resort to violence, that they’re marginalized. They’re not the majority. In the same way that you can’t generalize about police officers who do an extraordinarily tough job, overwhelmingly they do it professionally, you can’t generalize about protesters who, it turns out, had some very legitimate grievances. The Justice Department report showed African Americans were being stopped disproportionately mainly so that the city could raise money, even though these were unjust.”



The president briefly discusses his first encounter with Kanye


“I’ve met Kanye twice,” Obama said, according to the Daily Beast. “The first time was when I was a senator and he was with his mom. He’d just gotten big. He’s from Chicago, so they wanted to meet, and he was very soft-spoken and very gracious. He was a young guy, and hadn’t quite come into his own. And about six months ago, he came to an event and, look, I love his music and he’s incredibly creative. I don’t think I’ve got his home number.”


Obama Discusses Ferguson Shooting And Addresses Mean Tweets

Jimmy has a segment called mean tweets celebrities get up and address the mean tweets that people post about them. I can’t believe he got the president to participate; but then again the president has been using entertainment as a platform to get his message across not to long ago he created a video and used the word Yolo lol. Check out the video below.




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President Lyndon B. Johnson's Letter to Coretta Scott King to Be Auctioned

President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Letter to Coretta Scott King to Be Auctioned

Martin Luther King memorabilia, including a letter to his widow from former President Lyndon B. Johnson, will be auctioned off. (Reuters/Quinn’s Auction House)

A condolence letter from President Lyndon Johnson to the widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. following the civil rights leader’s 1968 assassination is set to be auctioned on Thursday after a legal battle.

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