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ALTHEA GIBSON by Boris Chaliapin Watercolor and pencil on board 1957 Sight: 62.3 x 46.3 cm (24 1/2 x 18 1/4") Mat: 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22") National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time Magazine NPG.78.TC406

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**FILE** In this undated photo released by the Smithsonian Institution, the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building is seen in Washington. (Associated Press/Smithsonian Institution)

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**FILE** In this undated photo released by the Smithsonian Institution, the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building is seen in Washington. (Associated Press/Smithsonian Institution)

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Nam June Paik, "Untitled (Robot)" [PaikBot], 1992, single-channel video in robot-shaped assemblage of televisions, radio- and stereo-system parts, and metal hardware, with additions in paint; color, silent, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift to the Nam June Paik Archive from the Nam June Paik Estate, © Nam June Paik Estate

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Nam June Paik, "Megatron/Matrix", 1995, eight- channel video installation with custom electronics; color, sound, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase made possible by Mr. and Mrs. Barney A. Ebsworth, Nelson C. White, and the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

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On Friday, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, in conjunction with the African American History and Culture Museum, will open a new exhibit that tells the story of civil rights in America through significant objects, such as Lincoln's top hat, Harriet Tubman's shawl, and a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation that Union soldiers distributed to blacks during the Civil War.

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Mei Xiang, the female giant panda at the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoo in Washington, eats breakfast in December 2001. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Mei Xiang, the female giant panda at the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoo in Washington, eats breakfast in December 2001. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Mei Xiang, the female giant panda at the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoo in Washington, eats breakfast in December 2001. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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The Rothschild Collection of patent models is on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum through November 2013.

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The Rothschild Collection of patent models is on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum through November 2013.

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The Rothschild Collection of patent models is on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum through November 2013.

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Mei Xiang, the female giant panda at the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoo in Washington, eats breakfast in December 2001. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Mei Xiang, the female giant panda at the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoo in Washington, eats breakfast in December 2001. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Matt Warfield of Hanover, Pa., and his son Brandon, 8, watch a live NASA press conference streamed live on the landing of Curiosity, which landed on the surface of Mars early Monday morning along with other visitors to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C., Monday, August 6, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Brothers Riccardo (left), 16, and Ruggero Amaduzzi, 19, wait their turn to control a large panoramic interactive digital map of the surface of Mars at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., on Monday during a NASA press conference streamed live on the landing of Curiosity. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Visitors to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on Monday watch a NASA press conference on Curiosity. The nearly one-ton probe completed its eight-month journey to the Red Planet, plummeting to the surface with the help of a parachute during what’s widely been referred to as “seven minutes of terror.” (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Matt Warfield of Hanover, Pa., and his son Brandon, 8, watch a live NASA press conference streamed live on the landing of Curiosity, which landed on the surface of Mars early Monday morning along with other visitors to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C., Monday, August 6, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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**FILE** People visit the AIDS Memorial Quilt on display as part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington on July 5, 2012. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** People visit the AIDS Memorial Quilt on display as part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington on July 5, 2012. (Associated Press)