3D Printing the Smithsonian

The Hermitage Museum & Gardens is partnering with the Smithsonian Institution to present 3D Printing the Smithsonian, an interactive exhibition featuring ten 3D printed artworks from the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art, on view from September 15 through December 16, 2018.

The ten objects on view include a life-size Cosmic Buddha sculpture, a funerary bust from Syria, and a fushimi doll from Japan. Thanks to the innovative processes of 3D scanning and printing, these treasured artworks from the Freer can be experienced and appreciated outside of the Smithsonian. Visitors are invited to interact with the art through touch and digital tools and to discover the benefits of studying 3D printed replicas.

 The exhibition will highlight the various ways 3D printing has radically reshaped artmaking and museum practice, from conservation to fashion, to new ways of making. Visitors will hear from artist and ODU Art Professor Alison Stinely and view 3D printed objects from five local museums including the Chrysler Museum of Art, Hampton Roads Naval Museum, Nauticus, the Hunter House Victorian Museum, and the Sargeant Memorial Collection.

3D Printing the Smithsonian