The foundation decided to ban grants to the Smithsonian when a video by David Wojnarowicz was removed from an exhibition in 2010.
Dr. Skorton said he was motivated by a concern about problems of equal access to health care and diversity among providers.
Anthea M. Hartig will begin her role in February, and she will open three exhibitions from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.
A $10 million gift from the Molina family helps Smithsonian expand its Latino representation.
The new director of the National Museum of African Art talks about his passion for sharing the astonishing breadth of his parents’ continent.
A traveling Smithsonian exhibition, “Water/Ways,” will examine the political, economic and cultural roles water plays, at six museums in the state.
Chase F. Robinson, the president of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, will assume his post at the Smithsonian on Dec. 10.
“Black people will be free,” said Ms. Franklin, who throughout her career remained passionate about progress for African-Americans and women.
For years, men have made up the vast majority of public monuments in this country. A series of campaigns are now pressing for women to get their (monumental) due.