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The Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building awakens for a glimpse of the FUTURES – ArchPaper

At the Smithsonian’s FUTURES exhibition, the past, present, and future collides in the once-shuttered Arts + Industries Building

FUTURES, the first major exhibition at the Smithsonian’s historic Arts & Industries Building in nearly 20 years. (Courtesy Ron Blunt)
FUTURES, the first major exhibition at the Smithsonian’s historic Arts & Industries Building in nearly 20 years. (Courtesy Ron Blunt)

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What do a cloned ferret, a Bakelite baby monitor, biodegradable burial pods, genderless voice assistants, a century-old artificial limb, and a deli case stuffed with fake meat all have in common? They’re all among the dizzying assemblage of innovations past and speculative designs imagining a cleaner, greener, and more inclusive tomorrow showcased at the new Smithsonian exhibition, FUTURES.

A starry-eyed spectacle of big ideas, bold visions, and artificial intelligence-enabled contraptions and contrivances, FUTURES opens tomorrow, November 20, at the long-shuttered Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building (AIB) in Washington, D.C.

Coinciding with the 175th anniversary of the Smithsonian Institution, the three-years-in-the-making FUTURES is described as “one part exhibition, one part festival” that invites visitors to “dream big and imagine not just one but many possible futures on the horizon.” But the 35,000-square-foot exhibition designed by Rockwell Group really functions as a welcome back party for the grand old AIB. Debuting in 1881 as the host venue of the inaugural ball of four-month President James Garfield, this Renaissance Revival landmark on the National Mall known as the “Mother Museum” and “Palace of Wonders” has historically served as an ongoing, single-site World’s Fair where the seemingly impossible technologies of the day—Edison light bulbs, telephones, Apollo rockets, and the like—were presented to the American public for the first time.

West Hall installation view of FUTURES including the Hyperloop Pegasus pod on the right. (Courtesy Ron Blunt)
West Hall installation view of FUTURES including the Hyperloop Pegasus pod on the right. (Courtesy Ron Blunt)

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