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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Movietime in Manhattan: Opening Tomorrow, August 22, 2014 If I Stay by Warner Brothers Pictures Makes Its Debut - Whom You Know Says You Should Go! Our Coverage Sponsored by ECO SWIM BY AQUA GREEN

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 Based on a novel, If I Stay makes its motion picture debut tomorrow, August 22, 2014 and we say you should go.  You'll meet an incredibly likable protagonist, Mia Hall (played by Chloe Grace Moretz) who will win you over with her determination, talent, charm and unassuming nature.  We believe this character emanates from an old soul, and emotion runs high in this dramatic film that we believe will be widely appealing, and it's not just for the "young adults" as the book was classified. 
"I read it in one sitting and it shattered me," says director R.J. Cutler. "The central premise-we are whom we love-was so evocative, so moving, I knew I had to translate the profound connection I had with those pages to film."
 We did not read the book.
We'd like to review the sequel, and our intention there (publisher has yet to be contacted) should speak volumes to you about how we found this movie.  Mia is a girl that likes real coffee the way it is supposed to be: not Christmas that threw up in a cup.  We like her style.  It is in sharp contrast to her bohemian parents...quelle horreur!

We were not originally convinced we'd be sold on If I Stay, however, we gave it a chance.   We found Mia to ultimately be so inspirational and her character to make so much sense that we fell in love with If I Stay.  Though many would say this movie centers mostly around her romantic relationship with Adam (played by Jamie Blackley, minus the British accent sadly, to be in character), we found the best relationship to be the one between Mia and Gramps (played by Stacy Keach.)  The strength, honesty and pure love between a grandparent/grandchild relationship is really celebrated here in If I Stay, and it is beautiful.  And, if you've read us before, you know Peachy was hugely influenced by her late paternal grandparents.
 We love that Mia is devoted to the classics, and her clear-cut passion for the cello is the best publicity we think this instrument has ever received.  Two thumbs up to Chloe for learning it via Skype all over the place in her travels! We love that she is an atypical teenager who idolizes Beethoven and Yo Yo Ma.  This is a girl that walks her own way, and guess who finds that oh-so-attractive.
 If I Stay uniquely gives the viewer added gratification for life itself, and moments that are worth living for.
 Some may say parts could border on cheesy, however we say If I Stay is true and pure.  It's a story of young love.  It's a story of perseverance.  Do not let anyone put this film in a category for you, as it is many things, and possibly different things to different people.  The color schemes work well and vivid versus pale has an added effect of drama.  The score (music) is perfect.
 From a storytelling standpoint, it successfully transitions from the present to the past with many time changes, which not all films execute successfully.  
 A final note: Portland, Oregon cannot be better than Manhattan.  And Juilliard, you are not in  keeping with the college acceptance rule that we knew: small envelope=rejection and big bulging envelope=acceptance (thank you once again Boston College!).

If I Stay is Recommended by Whom You Know.
We say you should GO!
Bring the kleenex if you have a heart.

Gayle Forman’s best-selling novel comes to the big screen in New Line Cinema’s and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ drama “If I Stay,” starring Chloë Grace Moretz (“Carrie,” the “Kick-Ass” films), Mireille Enos (TV’s “The Killing,” “World War Z”); Joshua Leonard (“Higher Ground”); Jamie Blackley (“Snow White and the Huntsman”); and Stacy Keach (“Nebraska”). 

Mia Hall (Moretz) thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam (Blackley). But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate. 

Also starring are Mireille Enos and Joshua Leonard as Mia’s parents, Kat and Denny, and Stacy Keach as Gramps. Rounding out the main cast are Jakob Davies as Mia’s little brother, Liana Liberato as her best friend, Gabrielle Rose as Grandma, and Aisha Hinds as Nurse Ramirez.

R.J. Cutler (“The September Issue,” TV’s “Nashville”) directed the film from a screenplay by Shauna Cross (“Whip It”) based on Forman’s novel. “If I Stay” was produced by Alison Greenspan (“The Lucky One”), with Denise Di Novi, Forman and Brad Van Arragon serving as executive producers.

Cutler’s behind-the-scenes team included cinematographer John de Borman (“An Education”), production designer Brent Thomas (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” films), editor Keith Henderson (TV’s “Justified”), costume designer Monique Prudhomme (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” films) and composer Heitor Pereira (the “Despicable Me” films).

New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures present a Di Novi Pictures Production, “If I Stay.” Opening August 22, 2014, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures.

This film has been rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some sexual material.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Peachy Dines Al Fresco at Battery Gardens in Manhattan, A Peachy's Pick and THE Premiere Waterfront Dining Spot in all of New York City Our Coverage Sponsored by Fresh Origins

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Summer in the concrete jungle can become unbearable.  That is, until you enter the complete serenity and beauty of Battery Gardens.  You'll notice the high commitment to aesthetics that we surmise would even delight the likes of Mover and Shaker Geoffrey Bradfield (actually Geoffrey, you would love all the white and Mr. Willoughby need to travel down south as in the most southern tip of Manhattan.)  You'll be dining with Lady Liberty...and we'll have what she's having.
When we were on a boat, we could see Paul and Ari waving at us.  
They are right in the center of this picture if you look closely.
Battery Gardens is the only place we wrote on in the world in Peachy Dines Al Fresco for both 2013 and 2014.
Here is our 2013 review:
Admittedly, the day we picked in 2013 had sun that was more cooperative, but Battery Gardens is just as elegant, sophisticated, and delicious to us any day.
That's why it was also featured in the winter of 2013-the first time:
and the winter of 2014-the third time:
Not too many places have been written on four times in Peachy's Picks, and Battery Gardens is absolutely one of our most favorite places.  Life just got even better there too because there is a Peachy cocktail!
This Peach Bellini was just smashing and better than the best Manhattan venues we've had them at prior to this sip!
Usually we keep panelists confidential, but all restaurant owners should know we have some pretty good secret weapons we've been told, (remember it's not who you know, it's Whom You Know.)  This trip, Culinary King Rufino Lopez joined Peachy on the review and his analytics are incorporated below.  
Rufino and Paul Nicaj, Owner of Battery Gardens
We were pleased to introduce them!
On a sunny day, seats are in high demand.  
Use this picture to strategize which table you'd prefer.
Every last detail of beauty and culinary pursuit of Battery Gardens is well-thought out and carried through.  If you are looking for a gorgeous experience, you will have it here.
Even the pizza is beautiful right down to the edible flowers on top.  The top half was a delightfully crisp Margherita with Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella and Basil and the bottom half is a true highlight: Summer Allium and Bacon Pizza: Fire Roasted Leeks, Vidalia Onion, Argula, Mozzarella and Parmesan Shavings.  Imagine biting into this as you watch the sunset and a schooner sail by, and you know you are at Battery Gardens.  The flavor was superb and the crisp crust was perfection.  Though this really is Uncle Paul's Pizza in a literal sense as we ate this pizza and Paul was right there, know that if you are near Grand Central you should check out the venue at The Roosevelt Hotel called Uncle Paul's Pizza.  We think you may recognize the guy on the menu cover...not knowing the connection initially, Peachy was in for a surprise that day.
Please meet the chic Mushroom Carpaccio: Radish, Celery, Champignon, Regiano, Lemon and Unfiltered Cold Pressed Olive Oil - it was one of the appetizers we tried.  Note how presentation is spot-on in every case here.  The slivered slices were a total enchantment and the light flavor was divine.
You may not pass GO or collect $200 without trying the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, which we simply adore.  It is so fresh you would think Ari caught it right before our dinner.  Accentuated with rich dollops of lemon aioli, crisp asparagus and mache salad, this is absolutely one of the best crab cakes we've had in recent memory.  The chunkiness of the crab and the consistency of the cake is really unparalleled.
The appetizer hit parade of Battery Gardens continued with the Tuna Tartare!  The tuna is exactly as it should be (the menu states it contains raw fish of course) and the Citrus Soy dressing, Cucumber Salad and Wasabi Tobiko bring out the flavor nicely.
Though we thought every appetizer was great, the one we found most convincing was the Gravlox:
This delicacy is in a class by itself!   This was Rufino's first trip to Battery Gardens and he found this superb, and on a scale of 1 to 10 he said it was a 10.  He particularly loves salmon and tries it all over the world at the best places, and this is one of the best he's had.  It goes without saying it is also one of the best Peachy's had.  Pumpernickle crisps, Creme Fraiche, Mache and Tomato Vinaigrette unite to form a world-class stack of poisson-plus-more to die for.  Naturally, Peachy loves the pink and green color combination on top of it.
The wine list at Battery Gardens is laudable: we noted 14 great choices by the glass.  Tarek designs the cocktail menu and does a fantastic job.
The merlot paired well with our pizza and appetizers and it had just the right amount of depth for summer.
As the sun sets and the moon lights up (or maybe just the electricity), you'll enjoy the ambiance of Battery Gardens which is beyond compare with its complete waterfront.
Executive Chef Ari Nieminen outdoes himself every time we visit, and we are constantly impressed with how his designs match the season so well and also our palate!  Above please meet the Roasted Monk Fish which rests blissfully upon a glorious bed of steamed spinach, tomato confit, thai curry sauce and forbidden rice. 
The Roasted Monk Fish is expertly prepared in brown butter and EVOO and slowly basted.  The tomatoes are slowly dried in the oven at 150 degrees F for four hours.  And you say you want to know what forbidden rice is?  We did for certain.  It's cooked down in white wine chablis with coconut milk, thai lemongrass and ginger.  It has a wonderful buttery texture and you simply must try this dish.
Another main course we tried was the exquisite Pan Seared Quail.  Rufino found this Quail phenomenal and he has a demonstrated affinity for birds.  He said this had the quintessential quail taste that it should and just the right amount of gamey with a bit of liver/kidney kind of taste.  He says you want it to be a little gamey and if it's not, you might as well have chicken! Morel Mushrooms, Sugar Snap Peas, Garlic Confit, Mint and Lemon Cous Cous joined this bird who gracefully flew off the plate into our happy mouths with the assistance of a fork.  The Quail is carmelized with a little bit of pomegranate syrup and the earthiness of the mushroom made it a perfect pairing.  Ari tells us that the produce is all local and know that if you want to talk Formula One with him, Ari is well-versed in that too. Tarek chose Pinot Noir to pair with our dinner.
There was another entree coming:
It was Peachy's favorite of the three! 
Stop listening to Peachy and now listen to Ari:
 The dining team could hardly wait to start eating after hearing Ari and know that this was in top condition in the video and has two bites out of it here (some people get too excited about food and need to learn patience...)  The Halibut Steak, Steak of the Sea, was roasted to perfection in brown butter and we particularly loved the mashed potatoes highlighted by mustard.
 Now it was time for dessert.
 This is not ordinary Creme Brulee (Mover and Shaker Elizabeth Ann Kivlan-Stribling, take note!) - but since when is anything at Battery Gardens ordinary?  It is EXTRAORDINARY Pistachio Creme Brulee, even better than the real thing.
 Poached Pears dancing in red wine, doing a waltz with mascarpone we found to be the most divine!  Simplicity at its best. 
 Lemon cake with berries is most refreshing in the summer!  We also adored the whipped cream anglaise!  Peachy Deegan loves berries.
Here please meet a chocolate trio classic: Mousse of Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate and White Chocolate.  Chocoholics everywhere also adore chocolate nibs on top!  There's a nice crunch to contrast with the soft mousse.   Pasty phyllo dusted with confectionery sugar keeps it all together.
Paul Nicaj and Peachy Deegan

Ari Nieminen and Peachy Deegan

Peachy continues to Pick Battery Gardens and it earns our Highest Recommendation.
It is the best kept secret in Manhattan, rain or shine!
To find it, walk south on the island of Manhattan.  If you aren't there yet, you haven't gone south will find it when you are nearly in the water!
When you get to the water, back up and have a Bellini and please think of us.


56TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS® AND "THE BEATLES: THE NIGHT THAT CHANGED AMERICA — A GRAMMY® SALUTE" EACH RECEIVE AN EMMY® AWARD Music's Biggest Night® Recognized For Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Series Or Special, and the Beatles Special Acknowledged for Outstanding Music Direction

Note from The Editor: This post is dedicated to John Eells, wherever you are!
Mr. Eells was Peachy's teacher for her Beatles class...

The Recording Academy tells Whom You Know:

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Aug. 20, 2014) — The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast has won an Emmy® Award in the category of Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Series Or Special, and "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America — A GRAMMY® Salute" received an Emmy for Outstanding Music Direction, recognizing three-time GRAMMY winner Don Was. Winners were announced during the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 16, at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. Emmys in 26 other categories will be presented on the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, which will take place at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Monday, Aug. 25, and will be broadcast on NBC.

"The Beatles: The Night That Changed America — A GRAMMY Salute" received six Emmy Award nominations, and the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast garnered two in recognition of outstanding production excellence. Four of the Beatles Special's six nods were announced this pastSaturday, and the following two nominated categories will be announced duringMonday's primetime telecast:

Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special

Ken Ehrlich, Written by; David Wild, Written by

Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special

Gregg Gelfand, Directed by.

Following is a detailed list of this year's winners, thus far:

Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Series Or Special: 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards

Tom Holmes, Broadcast Production Mixer; Eric Johnston, Playback Mixer; John Harris, Broadcast Music Mixer; Eric Schilling, Broadcast Music Mixer; Mikael Stewart, House Production Mixer; Ron Reaves, House Music Mixer; Tom Pesa, Stage Mixer; Michael Parker, Stage Mixer; Pablo Munguia,Playback Mixer; Josh Morton, Package Mixer; Bob LaMasney, Sweetening Mixer

Outstanding Music Direction: "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America — A GRAMMY Salute"

Don Was, Music Director.

The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast was produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich was executive producer and Louis J. Horvitz was the director. David Wild and Ken Ehrlich were the writers. "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America — A GRAMMY Salute" was produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC. Ken Ehrlich was the executive producer, Rac Clark was co-executive producer, Gregg Gelfand was director, and David Wild and Ken Ehrlich were the writers.

The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards broadcast attracted more than 30 million viewers — the second-largest audience for the awards broadcast in more than 20 years — and the show was at that time the most social event of the 2013 – 2014 television season. "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America — A GRAMMY Salute" was seen by nearly 20 million viewers, and the special received an unprecedented encore broadcast three days following its initial airing.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" onFacebook, and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on Foursquare, GetGlue, Google +, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and YouTube.


NHL Peachy: 2014 NHL Preseason Begins Sunday, September 21, 2014

The National Hockey League announced today the composite schedule for the 2014 preseason, which opens on Sunday, Sept. 21.

Highlighting the 15-day, 105-game slate is the 2014 Kraft Hockeyville game from Sylvan Lake, Alta., on Wednesday, Sept. 24. The people of Sylvan Lake, winners of the Canada-wide Kraft Hockeyville competition, will celebrate the grand prize when the Arizona Coyotes and Calgary Flames visit their community and face off at the Sylvan Lake Multiplex. The game will be broadcast live on CBC in Canada and NHL Network in the United States at 7 p.m., ET/5 p.m., MT.

Preseason games also are scheduled in Bridgeport, Conn. (Boston vs. NY Islanders, Oct. 3); Brooklyn, N.Y. (New Jersey vs. NY Islanders, Sept. 26); Colorado Springs, Colo. (Colorado vs. Los Angeles, Oct. 2); Kansas City, Mo. (Dallas vs. St. Louis, Sept. 27); Las Vegas, Nev. (Colorado vs. Los Angeles, Oct. 4); London, Ont. (Philadelphia vs. Toronto, Sept. 22); Quebec City, Que. (Colorado vs. Montreal, Sept. 26);St. John's, Nfld. (NY Islanders vs. Ottawa split-squad doubleheader, Sept. 22); Saskatoon, Sask. (Chicago vs. Edmonton, Sept. 28) andStockton, Calif. (San Jose vs. Vancouver, Sept. 23).

The 2014-15 NHL regular season opens Wednesday, Oct. 8.

2014 NHL PRESEASON SCHEDULE (all times Eastern)


Columbus (split squad) at Carolina, 1:30 p.m.
Buffalo at Washington, 5 p.m.
St. Louis at Columbus (split squad), 6 p.m.
Calgary (split squad) at Edmonton (split squad), 8 p.m.
Edmonton (split squad) at Calgary (split squad), 8 p.m.


NY Islanders vs. Ottawa, at St. John's, Nfld. (Mile One Centre, split-squad doubleheader), 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
New Jersey at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Detroit at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Washington at Philadelphia (split-squad), 7 p.m.
Philadelphia (split squad) vs. Toronto, at London, Ont. (Budweiser Gardens), 7 p.m.
Minnesota at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
St. Louis at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Anaheim (split squad) at Colorado (split squad), 9 p.m.
Colorado (split squad) at Anaheim (split squad), 10 p.m.
Los Angeles (split squad) at Arizona (split squad), 10 p.m.
Arizona (split squad) at Los Angeles (split squad), 10:30 p.m.


Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Philadelphia at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Boston at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Nashville at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Detroit at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
San Jose (split squad) at Vancouver (split squad), 9 p.m.
Arizona at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
San Jose (split squad) vs. Vancouver (split squad), at Stockton, Calif. (Stockton Arena), 10:30 p.m.


Washington at Boston, 7 p.m.
Carolina at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.
Arizona vs. Calgary, at Sylvan Lake, Alta. (Sylvan Lake Multiplex), 7 p.m.
Ottawa (split squad) at Toronto (split squad), 7:30 p.m.
Toronto (split squad) at Ottawa (split squad), 7:30 p.m.
Dallas at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Edmonton at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.


New Jersey at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Minnesota at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Colorado at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Columbus at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Vancouver at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Anaheim at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.


Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Boston at Washington, 7 p.m.
Colorado vs. Montreal, at Quebec City, Que. (Colisée Pepsi), 7 p.m.
New Jersey vs. NY Islanders, at Brooklyn, N.Y. (Barclays Center), 7:30 p.m.
Dallas at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
NY Rangers at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Calgary at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
Arizona at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.


Columbus at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m.
Boston at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Dallas vs. St. Louis, at Kansas City, Mo. (Sprint Center), 8 p.m.
Winnipeg at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Anaheim at San Jose, 8 p.m.
Florida at Nashville (split-squad doubleheader), 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.


Chicago vs. Edmonton, at Saskatoon, Sask. (Credit Union Centre), 6 p.m.
Washington at Montreal, 6 p.m.
Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Philadelphia at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Calgary at Colorado, 8 p.m.
Los Angeles at Anaheim, 8 p.m.


Philadelphia at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Toronto at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Columbus at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Florida at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Winnipeg at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
Arizona at Vancouver, 9 p.m.


NY Islanders at Boston, 7 p.m.
NY Rangers at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Ottawa at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Carolina at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Colorado at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Los Angeles at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.


Washington at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Carolina at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Montreal at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Arizona at Edmonton, 9 p.m.


Philadelphia at Washington, 7 p.m.
NY Islanders at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Minnesota at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Winnipeg at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Vancouver at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
Colorado vs. Los Angeles, at Colorado Springs, Colo. (Broadmoor World Arena), 9 p.m.


Buffalo at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Chicago at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Montreal at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Detroit at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Boston vs. NY Islanders, at Bridgeport, Conn. (Webster Bank Arena), 7:30 p.m.
San Jose at Arizona, 10 p.m.


Detroit at Boston, 5:30 p.m.
Ottawa at Montreal, 7 p.m.
NY Rangers at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Florida at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Nashville at Columbus, 7 p.m.
St. Louis at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Calgary at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
San Jose at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
Edmonton at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
Colorado vs. Los Angeles, at Las Vegas, Nev. (MGM Grand Garden Arena), 10 p.m.


Carolina at Washington, 3 p.m.

For the latest schedule information, visit


Buffalo to Host NHL Combine in 2015 and 2016

The NHL Combine, an annual event featuring the top 120 draft-eligible players from North America and Europe, will be held at First Niagara Center and HARBORCENTER in Buffalo, N.Y., in 2015 and 2016, the National Hockey League and Buffalo Sabres announced.

The weeklong NHL Combine, gives all 30 Member Clubs a chance to evaluate hockey’s future stars three weeks before the NHL Draft. Prospects convene for interviews with NHL club management, scouts and athletic training staff as well as undergo medical and fitness examinations as part of a complete mental and physical assessment.

The 2015 NHL Combine is set to feature highly-touted North American prospects Jack Eichel (North Chelmsford, Mass.) and Connor McDavid (Richmond Hill, Ont.) ahead of the 2015 NHL Draft hosted by the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., June 26-27.

“The NHL Combine is an essential event for all of our Member Clubs in advance of the Draft, which continues to grow in importance,” saidColin Campbell, senior executive vice president of NHL Hockey Operations. “The League has pushed to improve the Combine each year and the state-of-the-art facilities in Buffalo will allow us to further enhance the quality of the event for our teams, prospects and media.”

“We’ve had our eye on hosting the Combine for quite some time and we are thrilled that it will be coming to Buffalo,” said Ted Black, president of the Sabres. “Terry and Kim Pegula have made it a goal of this organization to create an environment here in Buffalo that is ideal for hosting highly visible events like the Combine and we are certainly ready to meet that challenge. All of our resources will be in place to ensure a successful event for the league and we’re proud to have the next wave of NHL players pass through Buffalo.”

First Niagara Center and HARBORCENTER offer a unique setting for the event. The combined facility is the only three-rink complex among NHL teams and offers an “all-in-one” package, with additional off-ice training space, a restaurant and a hotel housed in HARBORCENTER.

HARBORCENTER, which opens this fall, boasts two NHL-size rinks, 11 locker rooms, the Academy of Hockey, IMPACT Sports Performance training facility, (716) Food and Sport restaurant, a destination Tim Hortons location, a full-service Marriott hotel, a 750-space parking structure and additional retail space.

Partnering with the NHL and the Sabres is Kaleida Health, the largest healthcare provider in Western New York, to provide all medical services and testing for the Combine.


Lenovo Expands ThinkCentre Range with Affordable Desktop PCs for Business New Security Conscious M-Series and E-Series Desktops Focus on Manageability and Reliability without Breaking the Bank

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced the latest additions to its ThinkCentre desktop PC line designed for business users. The ThinkCentre E63z packs a blend of essential features and affordable performance into an impressively thin all-in-one form factor. Lenovo also introduced a new member of its astonishingly small “Tiny” series with the M53 desktop PC. The M53 features Intel Pentium power, wireless connectivity and the unique USB keyboard power-on technology allowing the user to power up from a keyboard. In addition, Lenovo’s new high value ThinkCentre M79, available in mini tower or small form factor, includes Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 for enhanced security and enhanced remote management capability.

Designed with businesses in mind, these desktops now feature Smart USB Protection giving users or IT managers the ability to control access and usage of USB ports, and Solid State Hybrid Drive (SSHD) support to boost system performance. Also common are industry leading energy saving certifications including Energy Star 6.0 and EPEAT ratings.

“Businesses of all sizes need flexible, dependable and secure PCs to meet the day-to-day rigors of workplace collaboration,” said Ouyang Jun, vice president and general manager, Desktop and Visuals, Lenovo. “Our new affordable ThinkCentre desktops offer different form factors and configurations allowing maximum flexibility and end user productivity in an easily managed and secure environment.”

ThinkCentre E63z
Stylish and slim, the E63z offers a space saving consumer oriented design with business features to ensure a secure and reliable platform in a professional environment. Smart USB Protection, CompuTrace support and a Kensington slot that doubles as a chassis lock offer peace of mind while the 19.5 inch HD+ WLED screen, also available with touch, includes an integrated camera optimized for voice over IP and high quality stereo speakers delivering enhanced collaboration. Models powered by Intel Core i3 processors also include HDMI out port, a card reader and a Rapid Charge USB port to keep your mobile devices powered up.

ThinkCentre M53
Offering the same “Tiny” form factor as its high powered brothers, the M73 and M93p, the newest addition to the family also includes the remote power up option with a supported keyboard and flexible mounting solutions to make best use of desk space. It also shares accessories and power connectors with other “Tiny” desktops ensuring a better return on investment. A free system management tool (PC Cloud Manager 3.0) is included and Intelligent Cooling Engine (ICE) 3.0 that optimizes system cooling and fan acoustics helps maximize reliability.

ThinkCentre M79
Equipped with the latest AMD A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs), the ThinkCentre M79 improves productivity and creativity with up to 50% graphic performance enhancement over predecessors. SSD or SSHD options further boost system performance and both small form factor and mini tower models can support three independent displays with the optional second DisplayPort connector for a truly immersive workplace experience.

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Exhibitions are in galleries at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's main building, located at Eighth and F streets N.W., unless otherwise noted. Nationally touring exhibitions are listed on p. 5. The Renwick Gallery, the museum's branch for craft and decorative art, is closed for renovation.

Dates and exhibitions are all subject to change 

Oct. 10 - Feb. 8, 2015 -- Richard Estes' Realism

Oct. 31 - Feb. 22, 2015 -- The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art

April 3, 2015 - Aug. 30, 2015 -- The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi

April 24, 2015 - Sept. 7, 2015 -- Watch This! Revelations in Media Art

Oct. 23, 2015 - March 20, 2016 -- Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty

Oct. 30, 2015 - April 3, 2016 -- Living Modern


Now through Aug. 31 -- Pop Art Prints

Sept. 26 - Feb. 1, 2015 -- Untitled: The Art of James Castle

Now through Feb. 15, 2015 -- Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image

Feb. 27, 2015 - Aug. 2, 2015 -- Mingering Mike's Gold Supersonic Greatest Hits

Upcoming Exhibitions and Installations at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Sept. 26, 2014 - Feb. 1, 2015

In 2013, the Smithsonian American Art Museum acquired 54 pieces by artist James Castle

(1899-1977). With this acquisition, the museum now holds one of the largest public collections of Castle's work. "Untitled: The Art of James Castle" features these selected drawings, handmade books, texts and constructions from the artist's immense body of work. Since Castle's work first came to light in the 1950s, attention has primarily focused on the unusual circumstances of his life: Castle was born profoundly deaf, remained illiterate and never acquired a conventional mode of communicating with others. This exhibition seeks to situate Castle's remarkable artistic vision within the meaningful context of his life, and to question how the works themselves can elucidate the world of one of the most enigmatic American artists of the 20th century. Nicholas R. Bell, the Fleur and Charles Bresler Senior Curator of American Craft and Decorative Art, is organizing the exhibition.

Media preview: Thursday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Book: A catalog ($49.95), co-published with D Giles Limited, London, is forthcoming.

Credit: "Untitled: The Art of James Castle" is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support from the William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment.

Oct. 10, 2014 - Feb. 8, 2015 

"Richard Estes' Realism" is the most comprehensive exhibition of paintings by Richard Estes (b. 1932) ever organized. A master of contemporary realism, Estes is primarily known as a painter of urban scenes. The exhibition features 46 paintings spanning a 50-year career, including a number of works from private collections that are rarely seen publically. The exhibition also shows, for the first time, Estes' panoramic landscape paintings and water scenes alongside his more famous cityscapes, offering new insights into Estes' particular vision. The exhibition is the first complete overview of Estes's work in the U.S. since 1978. It explores the full range of Estes' career as a painter, with works from the late 1960s to 2013. Paintings in the exhibition balance Estes' interest in cities-London, New York, Paris, Tokyo-with luminous sunlit scenes of Venice and Antarctica as well as his explorations of the Maine coast and the woods on Mount Desert Island, where he has spent part of each year since the late 1970s. Recently, Estes has captured nocturnal images of New York City, and several examples are on display. A number of Estes' rare portraits and self-portraits also are included in the exhibition. Patterson Sims, an independent curator, and Jessica May, curator of contemporary and modern art at the Portland Museum of Art, organized the exhibition. Virginia Mecklenburg, chief curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, is coordinating the exhibition in Washington, D.C.

Media preview: Thursday, Oct. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Book: A catalog ($40), distributed by Yale University Press, is available.

Tour: The exhibition is on view at the Portland Museum of Art (May 22 - Sept. 7) before traveling to the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Credit: "Richard Estes' Realism" is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Portland Museum of Art in Maine. The museums thank the following donors for their generous support of the exhibition: Gabrielle Bekink and the Honorable Rudolf Bekink, Isabelle and Scott Black, The Wolf Kahn & Emily Mason Foundation, Thelma and Melvin Lenkin, The Lunder Foundation - Peter and Paula Lunder, Elizabeth Ragland Park Fund of Triangle Community Foundation, Debbie Frank Petersen, the Walter and Lucille Rubin Foundation, Holly and Nick Ruffin and John Wilmerding. The accompanying catalog is supported by Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, Marlborough Gallery and the Wyeth Foundation for American Art.

Oct. 31, 2014 - Feb. 22, 2015 

"The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art" examines mankind's relationship to birds and the natural world through the eyes of twelve contemporary American artists, including David Beck, Rachel Berwick, Lorna Bieber, Barbara Bosworth, Joann Brennan, Petah Coyne, Walton Ford, Paula McCartney, James Prosek, Laurel Roth Hope, Fred Tomaselli and Tom Uttech. The opening of the exhibition dovetails with two significant environmental anniversaries-the extinction of the passenger pigeon in 1914 and the establishment of the Wilderness Act in 1964. Inspired by the confluence of these two events, the exhibition explores how artists working today employ avian imagery as a means for understanding contemporary culture and the widespread desire to meaningfully connect with the natural world. The exhibition is organized by Joanna Marsh, The James Dicke Curator of Contemporary Art.

Media preview: Thursday, Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Credit: "The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art"is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support from Rollin W. King, The Margery and Edgar Masinter Exhibitions Fund, Caroline Niemczyk, Debbie Frank Petersen, Rosemary L. Ripley, Holly and Nick Ruffin and the C.K. Williams Foundation.

Feb. 27, 2015 - Aug. 2, 2015

In 2013, the Smithsonian American Art Museum acquired a collection of well over 100 pieces of musical ephemera made between 1965 and 1979 by a self-taught Washington, D.C. artist known only as Mingering Mike. The collection consists of "vinyl" LP albums (made from painted cardboard), original album art, song lyrics and liner notes, 45 rpm singles and more pertaining to the artist's youthful fantasy of being a famous soul singer/songwriter. The collection is a window on an historical moment when D.C. played a pivotal role in music history and therefore held tremendous cultural significance. Untrained as either musician or visual artist, Mingering Mike nonetheless embodies a critical component of the American Dream, in which a poor black youth conquers tough circumstances by actualizing-to whatever extent possible-a world filled with fame, fortune and happiness. The installation will feature a wide array of objects from the collection, selected by Leslie Umberger, curator of folk and self-taught art.

Credit: "Mingering Mike's Supersonic Greatest Hits" is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support from the Herbert Waide Hemphill Jr. American Folk Art Fund.

April 3, 2015 - Aug. 30, 2015 

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is organizing a major exhibition about Japanese-born artist Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889-1953). "The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi" will be a highly selective survey of the artist's 70 best paintings and drawings, chosen from leading public and private collections in America and Japan. It will be the first overview of Kuniyoshi's work in more than 25 years. The guest curator is the leading Kuniyoshi scholar Tom Wolf, professor of art history at Bard College. Joann Moser, deputy chief curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, is co-curator.

Book: A catalog, written by Wolf, will accompany the exhibition.

Credit: "The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi"is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. American Honda Motor Co., Inc. provided leadership support for the exhibition. Additional generous contributions have been provided by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the Fukutake Foundation, Friends of Franklin Riehlman and the Sara Roby Foundation.

Watch This! Revelations in Media Art

April 24, 2015 - Sept. 7, 2015 

Creative and commercial innovations in hi-fidelity stereo, broadcast television, videotape and satellite technologies ignited a frenetic pace of social change through the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, simultaneously shattering and shaping modes of communication and expression. From the 80s into the millennium the electronic age burst through to the digital age, advancing in previously inconceivable directions at blinding speeds and opening entirely new terrain for creative exploration that continues today. Artists have embraced such technological leaps and created an artistic revolution that continuously redefines how we imagine, receive and understand our time. "Watch This!" highlights key moments in this history, which is influenced as much by developments in science and technology as by style or medium, and identifies the pervasive interdependence between technology and contemporary culture. The exhibition will include 45 works of art from 1941 to 2013, many of which were recently acquired by the museum, including single-channel video, installations, 16 mm films, video games and related ephemera. The exhibition is organized by Michael Mansfield, curator of film and media arts.

Oct. 23, 2015 - March 20, 2016

Irving Penn (1917-2009) is one of the best-known American photographers of the second half of the 20th century. This exhibition, the first retrospective of Penn's work in almost 20 years, will demonstrate his legacy as a modern master and place Penn in the context of the contemporary moment. It will include approximately 140 photographs from the museum's permanent collection, and will debut 100 photographs recently donated by The Irving Penn Foundation. The exhibition is organized by Merry Foresta, guest curator and independent consultant for the arts. Foresta was the museum's curator of photography from 1983 to 1999.

Book: A catalog will be co-published by The Irving Penn Foundation and the museum.

Tour: The exhibition will tour following its presentation in Washington, D.C.

Credit:Irving Pennis organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support from the Bernie Stadiem Endowment Fund and The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the museum's traveling exhibition program, "Treasures to Go."

Oct. 30, 2015 - April 3, 2016

"Living Modern" features the stellar collection of Sam Rose and Julie Walters, who for the past 25 years have collected the work of Georgia O'Keeffe, Alexander Calder, David Hockney, Pablo Picasso and a host of other American and European artists who have pushed the boundaries of art. This international perspective, which illuminates cross-currents in modern art, is a first for the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The exhibition features more than 75 paintings and sculptures. The exhibition is organized by Virginia Mecklenburg, chief curator.

Book: A catalog is forthcoming.

Permanent Collection Installations

March 21, 2014 - Aug. 31, 2014 

"Pop Art Prints" presents a selection of 37 prints that are rarely on public display from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's permanent collection. The installation includes works from the 1960s by Allan D'Arcangelo, Jim Dine, Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Mel Ramos, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselmann. The artworks on display were selected by Joann Moser, deputy chief curator.

May 1, 2013 - Feb. 15, 2015

The current installation of "Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image," which is the third in the series, features artworks that survey the complexities of space and time both structurally and conceptually, expounding on unique properties inherent in the moving image. The four featured artworks are: John Baldessari, "Six Colorful Inside Jobs" (1977); Bruce Nauman, "Walk with Contrapposto" (1968); Charlemagne Palestine, "Running Outburst" (1975); and Bill Viola, "The Fall into Paradise" (2005). Michael Mansfield, curator of film and media arts, selected the works.

Credit: The James F. Dicke Family Endowment generously supported "Watch This!"

Nationally Touring Exhibitions

The Smithsonian American Art Museum's traveling exhibition program has circulated hundreds of exhibitions since it was established in 1951.

Ralph Fasanella (1914-1997) was a self-taught painter who celebrated the common man and fought for the working class in artworks that tackled the complex issues of postwar America. The son of Italian immigrants, Fasanella was born in the Bronx and grew up in the working class neighborhoods of New York City. He worked as a truck-driver, ice delivery man and union organizer before taking up painting in 1945. Fasanella viewed painting as an extension of his union activity and made artworks on social themes as memorial documents, teaching tools and rallying cries for his community. Often laden with symbolic imagery, these paintings deal with themes of struggle, endurance, family and community. He felt strongly about the need to remember the sacrifices of earlier generations, inscribing "lest we forget" on several of his paintings. The exhibition is organized by Leslie Umberger, curator of folk and self-taught art.

Smithsonian American Art Museum (May 2, 2014 - Aug. 3, 2014)

American Folk Art Museum in New York, N.Y. (Sept. 2 - Nov. 30, 2014)

Credit: "Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget" is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support from Tania and Tom Evans, Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. American Folk Art Fund and Paula and Peter Lunder. The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the museum's traveling exhibition program, "Treasures to Go."

"Our America" presents the rich and varied contributions of Latino artists in the United States since the mid-20th century, when the concept of a collective Latino identity began to emerge. The exhibition is drawn entirely from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's pioneering collection of Latino art. It explores how Latino artists shaped the artistic movements of their day and recalibrated key themes in American art and culture. The exhibition features works in all media by 72 leading modern and contemporary artists. Of the 92 artworks included in the exhibition, 63 have been acquired by the museum since 2011, representing its deep and continuing commitment to collecting Latino art. "Our America" presents a picture of an evolving national culture that challenges expectations of what is meant by "American" and "Latino." E. Carmen Ramos, curator of Latino art, organized the exhibition.

Smithsonian American Art Museum (Oct. 25, 2013 - March 2, 2014)

The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum in Miami (April 2, 2014 - June 22, 2014)

Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, Calif. (Sept. 21, 2014 - Jan. 11, 2015)

Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City (Feb. 6, 2015 - May 17, 2015)

Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, Ark. (Oct. 16, 2015 - Jan. 17, 2016)

Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, Del. (March 5, 2016 - May 29, 2016)

Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, Tenn. (Feb. 17, 2017 - June 4, 2017) 
Sioux City Art Center in Sioux City, Iowa (July 8, 2017 - Oct. 15, 2017)

Book: A catalog ($65/$40), with essays by Ramos and Tomás Ybarra-Frausto, independent scholar and published in association with D Giles Limited, London, accompanies the exhibition.

Credit: "Our America: the Latino Presence in American Art" is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Generous support for the exhibition has been provided by Altria Group, Aida M. Alvarez; Judah Best, The James F. Dicke Family Endowment, Sheila Duignan and Mike Wilkins, Tania and Tom Evans, Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino, The Michael A. and the Honorable Marilyn Logsdon Mennello Endowment, Henry R. Muñoz III and Zions Bank. Additional significant support was provided by The Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center. Support for "Treasures to Go," the museum's traveling exhibition program, comes from The C.F. Foundation, Atlanta.

"The Art of Video Games" is one of the first exhibitions to explore the 40-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, with a focus on striking graphics, creative storytelling and player interactivity. The exhibition features some of the most influential artists and designers during five eras of game technology, from early pioneers to contemporary designers. "The Art of Video Games" focuses on the interplay of graphics, technology and storytelling through some of the best games for 20 gaming systems ranging from the Atari VCS to the PlayStation 3. The exhibition features 80 video games, selected with the help of the public, that demonstrate the evolution of the medium. The games are presented through still images and video footage. In addition, the galleries include video interviews with developers and artists, historic game consoles, large prints of in-game screen shots and a selection of five playable games. Chris Melissinos, former chief evangelist and chief gaming officer for Sun Microsystems and founder of PastPixels, is the guest curator of the exhibition.

Smithsonian American Art Museum (March 16, 2012 - Sept. 30, 2012)

Boca Raton Museum of Art in Boca Raton, Fla. (Oct. 24, 2012 - Jan. 13, 2013)

EMP Museum in Seattle, Wash. (Feb. 16, 2013 - May 13, 2013)

Phoenix Art Museum in Phoenix, Ariz. (June 16, 2013 - Sept. 29, 2013)

Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, N.Y. (Oct. 25, 2013 - Jan. 19, 2014)

Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, N.Y. (Feb. 15, 2014 - May 18, 2014)

Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio (June 19, 2014 - Sept. 28, 2014)

Flint Institute of Arts in Flint, Mich. (Oct. 25, 2014 - Jan. 18, 2015)

Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Va. (Feb. 13, 2015 - May 10, 2015)

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis, Tenn. (June 6, 2015 - Sept. 13, 2015)

The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum in Miami (Oct. 9, 2015 - Jan. 25, 2016)

Book: A book ($40), published in cooperation with Welcome Books, accompanies the exhibition.

Credit: "The Art of Video Games" is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support from the Entertainment Software Association Foundation; Sheila Duignan and Mike Wilkins; Shelby and Frederick Gans; Mark Lamia; Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk; Rose Family Foundation; Betty and Lloyd Schermer; and Neil Young. The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the museum's traveling exhibition program, "Treasures to Go."

"African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond" presents a selection of paintings, sculpture, prints and photographs by 43 black artists who explored the African American experience from the Harlem Renaissance through the Civil Rights era and the decades beyond, which saw tremendous social and political changes. In response, these artists created an image of America that recognizes individuals and community and acknowledges the role of art in celebrating the multivalent nature of American society. The artworks in the exhibition lay out a vision of America from an African American viewpoint. All 100 artworks in the exhibition are drawn entirely from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's rich collection of African American art.

Smithsonian American Art Museum (April 27, 2012 - Sept. 3, 2012)

Muscarelle Museum of Art at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

(Sept. 28, 2012 - Jan. 6, 2013)
Mennello Museum of American Art in Orlando, Fla. (Feb. 1, 2013 - April 28, 2013)
Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. (June 1, 2013 - Sept. 2, 2013)
Albuquerque Museum of Art in Albuquerque, N.M. (Sept. 29, 2013 - Jan. 19, 2014)
Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, Tenn. (Feb. 14, 2014 - May 25, 2014)
Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, Calif. (June 28, 2014 - Sept. 21, 2014) 
Book: A catalog ($60/$40), co-published with Skira Rizzoli in New York, is available.

Credit: "African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond" is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support from Alston & Bird; Amherst Holdings, LLC; Diane and Norman Bernstein Foundation; Larry Irving and Leslie Wiley; the William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment Fund; Clarence Otis and Jacqui Bradley; and PEPCO. The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the museum's traveling exhibition program, "Treasures to Go."

"Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage" charts a new direction for one of America's best-known living photographers. Unlike her staged and carefully lit portraits made on assignment for magazines and advertising clients, the photographs in this exhibition were taken simply because Leibovitz was moved by the subject. The pictures are, in a certain sense, portraits of subjects that have shaped Leibovitz's distinctly American view of her cultural inheritance. Visiting the homes of iconic figures, including Thomas Jefferson, Emily Dickinson, Georgia O'Keeffe, Pete Seeger and Elvis Presley, as well as places such as Niagara Falls, Walden Pond, Old Faithful and the Yosemite Valley, she let her instincts and intuitions guide her to related subjects-hence the title "Pilgrimage." Some of the pictures focus on the remaining traces of photographers and artists she admires, such as Julia Margaret Cameron, Ansel Adams and Robert Smithson. Together the pictures show Leibovitz at the height of her powers, unfettered by the demands of her commercial career. "Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage" is presented in conjunction with a new book by Annie Leibovitz, Pilgrimage, published by Random House.Smithsonian American Art Museum (Jan. 20, 2012 - May 20, 2012)

Concord Museum in Concord, Mass. (June 28, 2012 - Sept. 23, 2012)

Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio (Sept. 22, 2012 - Dec. 30, 2012)

Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center in Gettysburg, Pa.

(Oct. 25, 2012 - Jan. 21, 2013)

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, N.M. (Feb. 15, 2013 - May 5, 2013)

San Jose Museum of Art in San Jose, Calif. (June 6, 2013 - Sept. 8, 2013)

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, S.C. (Oct. 4, 2013 - Jan. 5, 2014)

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill. (Feb. 8, 2014 -

Aug. 31, 2014)

New-York Historical Society in New York City (Nov. 7, 2014 - Feb. 15, 2015)

Credit: "Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage" is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The Bernie Stadiem Endowment Fund provided support for the exhibition. The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the museum's traveling exhibition program, "Treasures to Go."

"George Catlin's American Buffalo" explores the representation of buffalo and their integration into the lives of Native Americans through 40 original paintings by the artist George Catlin (1796-1872). Catlin's role as an early proponent of wilderness conservation and national parks also is examined. Adam Duncan Harris, the Petersen Curator of Art and Research at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyo., is the guest curator of the exhibition.

National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyo. (May 10, 2013 - Aug. 25, 2013)

Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Springs, Calif. (Oct. 1, 2013 - Dec. 29, 2013)

Wichita Art Museumin Wichita, Kan. (Feb. 1, 2014 - May 11, 2014)

C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Mont. (May 31, 2014 - Sept. 14, 2014)
Mennello Museum of American Art in Orlando, Fla. (Oct. 4, 2014 - Jan. 1, 2015)
Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston Salem, N.C. (Feb. 12, 2015 - May 3, 2015)

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas (May 30, 2015 - Aug. 30, 2015)

Book: A catalog ($49.95), published in association with D Giles Limited, London, accompanies the exhibition.

Credit: "George Catlin's American Buffalo" is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in collaboration with the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Generous support for the exhibition has been provided by Mary Anne and Richard W. Cree, and Lynn and Foster Friess. Additional support for the exhibition and the publication was provided by the William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment Fund and the Smithsonian Council for American Art. Support for "Treasures to Go," the museum's traveling exhibition program, comes from The C.F. Foundation, Atlanta, Ga.

About the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery

The Smithsonian American Art Museum celebrates the vision and creativity of Americans with artworks in all media spanning more than three centuries. Its main building, a National Historic Landmark and major example of Greek Revival architecture, is located at Eighth and F streets N.W. in the heart of a revitalized downtown arts district. It is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (closedDec. 25). Admission is free. Metrorail station: Gallery Place/Chinatown (Red, Yellow and Green lines). Smithsonian Information: (202) 633-1000. Museum information (recorded): (202) 633-7970. Follow the museum on Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, iTunes U and ArtBabble.Website:

The Renwick Gallery, the museum's branch for craft and decorative arts, is currently closed for renovation. Its Second Empire-style building, also a National Historic Landmark, was designed by architect James Renwick Jr. in 1859 and completed in 1874. It is located steps from the White House in the heart of historic federal Washington, at Pennsylvania Avenue and 17th Street N.W. Renovation updates are available online,


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