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Feeling crushed going into this weekend? Jimmie Durham’s “Still Life with Spirit and Xitle” gets it.

This new acquisition parked outside our @hirshhorn is part sculpture, part performance. Its title references a Mexican volcano that destroyed an ancient city—Durham quarried the 9-ton boulder from the archaeological site. He then used a crane to drop in on the roof of a 1992 Chrysler Spirit and finished the piece with a painted, cartoon-like face. 

Women’s Equality Day was designated to commemorate the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920, which gave women the right to vote. But we are still far from achieving full equality in America and around the world. Make sure to use your vote. Register at the Museum on 9/25 when we hold a non-partisan voter registration event in both the East and West lobbies from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Untitled (We will no longer be seen and not heard),” 1985, Barbara Kruger © Barbara Kruger Courtesy Mary Boone Gallery

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It’s International Dog Day so here are some lovely canines from our collection!

The first photo is a musical whistle in the shape of a dog’s head from London (M15.7.58/1).

The miniature dog in a glass dome (70.274) is a piece of Victorian taxidermy as they tried to breed animals as large or small or unusual as possible.

The Guide Dogs badge (2012.11.30) is a part of the Pearly King of Dulwich suit, and you can also see it on the photo of the jacket (2012.11.4).

Continuing the theme, here’s a delicately-embroidered waistcoat from the Northwest Territories in Canada, showing dogs pulling sleds (1981.535).

The two brass and bejewelled figures are dragon-dog temple guardians from Nepal (1986.119).

The beautiful drawing of a spaniel-type dog is on a 19th century German divination card (1970.18.28), but we don’t actually know what picking this card means.

Finally, we have a micromosaic portrait of a dog on top of a miniature snuff box (nn15255) - the dog appears to be half-shaved, making us think he might be a Löwchen.

We hope these delightful dogs have got your tails wagging!

One of the longest-lived European textile designs for the African market, the eye pattern appears in “Vlisco: African Fashion on a Global Stage” in multiple variations and color ways. The original design was based on Egyptian mythology. As with all Vlisco designs, the names and meanings behind these textiles vary amongst African communities. The eye patterns can be worn to silently express feelings of affection, warning, or jealousy.