Opening Nov 20
For its 175th anniversary, the Smithsonian is looking forward.
What do you think of when you think of the future? FUTURES is the first building-wide exploration of the future on the National Mall. Designed by the award-winning Rockwell Group, FUTURES spans 32,000 square feet inside the Arts + Industries Building. Opening November 20, 2021, and on view until July 6, 2022, FUTURES is your guide to a vast array of interactives, artworks, technologies, and ideas that are glimpses into humanity’s next chapter. You are, after all, only the latest in a long line of future makers.
Smell a molecule. Clean your clothes in a wetland. Meditate with an AI robot. Travel through space and time. Watch water being harvested from air. Become an emoji. The FUTURES is yours to decide, debate, delight. We invite you to dream big, and imagine not just one future, but many possible futures on the horizon—playful, sustainable, inclusive. In moments of great change, we dare to be hopeful. How will you create the future you want to live in?
Cross the threshold to the future at AIB’s entrance as you step through contemporary artist Soo Sunny Park’s Expanded Present, an ethereal portal of iridescent material designed to inspire and delight.
A Shimmering New Gateway from Soo Sunny Park
New + Cool
Create, debate, and reflect the future you want to see. Be the first to try this playful digital storytelling interactive that lets you see FUTURES and yourself in new ways. From LAB at Rockwell Group and Softbank Group Corp.
Meet the FUTURES Beacons
The future of transport
Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s an Air Taxi! From World’s Fairs to “The Jetsons,” the flying car has always been a symbol of the future. And now you can see this vision in person with the debut of the Bell Nexus Air Taxi.about the artists
The future of contemporary art
Five leading contemporary artists create AIB-specific works for their Smithsonian debuts. Beatriz Cortez, Nettrice Gaskins, Soo Sunny Park, Devan Shimoyama, and Tamiko Thiel and/p work in such diverse media as augmented reality, A.I., found objects, and industrial materials. You won’t want to miss these stunning portals into possible worlds on the horizon.about artists
The future of interactive sculpture
What if an artwork could respond to your voice? me + you from globally renowned artist and architect Suchi Reddy will invite visitors to speak their future vision as an AI algorithm translates meaning, tone, and sentiment into a unique mandala of color and light. Human wisdom and intelligent technology will be woven together to create a constantly evolving visualization of collective futures in the sculpture’s central totem. This groundbreaking public artwork marks Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) first-ever major contemporary art commission.about amazon web services
DAVID M. RUBENSTEIN
JOHN & ADRIENNE MARS
JACQUELINE B. MARS
KEVIN S. BRIGHT & CLAUDIA W. BRIGHT
JOHN BROCK III
SUZANNE NORA JOHNSON & DAVID JOHNSON FOUNDATION
CHARLIE & NANCY HOGAN
Additional special and in-kind gifts provided by:
JOSH & SARAH EASTRIGHT
DR. JORGE G. PUENTE & DR. PATRICIA MATOS-PUENTE
BOB AND JOAN CATELL
THE SECRETARY OF THE SMITHSONIAN & THE SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL BOARD
VIN DI BONA
GOODBY SILVERSTEIN & PARTNERS
FUTURES RECEIVED FEDERAL SUPPORT FROM THE ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN INITIATIVES POOL, ADMINISTERED BY THE SMITHSONIAN ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN CENTER