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Abe, You and Me: Mentorship Round 3

“The best way to predict your future is to create it” Abraham LincolnAs regular readers of the blog know, for the past two years I've had my own informal mentor program. I started it, honestly, because of a certain dissatisfaction with the field. Show More Summary

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening this week (12/1-12/7) at HMNS

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week! Go behind-the-scenes of our offsite collections storage facility or tour one of our exhibits … Continue reading ?

Abundant Thinking

Like many Americans, I spent yesterday, Thanksgiving Day, surrounded by abundance: of family, of food, of laughter and stories--all a reminder of how grateful and lucky I am. But a conversation earlier in the week reminded me of how much more aware we could all be of abundance in our professional lives. Show More Summary

Film: James Castle: Portrait of an Artist

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is screening James Castle: Portrait of an Artist in conjunction with our installation of James Castles' work, on view at the museum through February 1, 2015.

Q and Art: Thanksgiving Edition, A Pilgrim Tale

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

This post is part of an ongoing series on Eye Level: Q and Art, where American Art's Research department brings you interesting questions and answers about art and artists from our archive. Question: Can you tell me more about the.....

A Buyers' Guide for Museum Studies? And Two More Big Questions

Last week at the NEMA meeting, Amanda Gustin of the Vermont Historical Society facilitated a lively conversation between Cynthia Robinson, the director of the Tufts Museum Studies Program; me; and a jam-packed room of participants, on the Graduate School Conundrum. Show More Summary

Njideka Akunyili Crosby Wins the 2014 James Dicke Contemporary Artist Award

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is delighted to announce that Njideka Akunyili Crosby is the 2014 winner of our biennial James Dicke Contemporary Artist Prize. Akunyili Crosby was selected by an independent panel of jurors who wrote in their decision, "Her bold yet intimate paintings are among the most visually, conceptually, and technically exciting work being made today."

Small Things

“Monumental” is how I would describe much of the exhibition, Roads of Arabia, with its colossal stone sculptures to the massive gilded doors of the Ka’ba, putting the small things at risk of being missed. So I want to draw your attention to three pint-sized artworks for the next time you visit the exhibition. This […]

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening this week (11/24-11/30) at HMNS

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week! Holiday Hours Thanksgiving Day – CLOSEDFriday – Sunday (11/28-11/30) – 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 … Continue reading ?

You Can Thank Science for Helping You Cook an Awesome Thanksgiving Dinner

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Loosen your belts boys and girls, because we are approaching Thanksgiving, the day where diets and portion control cease to exist. To make things a bit easier for you, I have compiled some tips on how to make your Thanksgiving … Continue reading ?

Matisse’s Couture Closet and “La Conversation”

Jared Ledesma In 1938 Henri Matisse completed La Conversation (The Conversation), a vibrant exploration of color and design on canvas featuring two female models clad in couture. This painting, along with many other works in SFMOMA’s Matisse collection, was the focus of my research in preparation for Matisse from SFMOMA, which was on view at the […]

Educator How-To: How to Make Your Own Pet Squid

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The days just after Thanksgiving are always busy at the Museum. There are flurries of children on field trips, shoppers looking for that unusual and prefect gift and, my favorite, the annual installation of the holiday trees in the grand … Continue reading ?

User Testing ASK with our Members

Earlier this week I covered how we have been testing the ASK app internally. Today I am going to talk about how we user tested...

Preparing for User Testing

I was very excited by the prospect of user testing in the field when I started working on the Bloomberg Connects project. As a web...

Luce Foundation Center: Artist Talk by Martine Workman

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Local artists discuss their work and process in the context of artworks on view in the Luce Foundation Center as part of American Art's Luce Local Art Series. This series is presented in collaboration with CulturalDC. All talks begin at 1:30 p.m. Our next artist talk is by Martine Workman this Saturday, November 22.

Rescue Me: Kathleen A. Foster on Winslow Homer's The Life Line

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Kathleen A. Foster spoke the other evening at the McEvoy Auditorium, the third and final speaker in this year's Clarice Smith Distinguished Lecture in American Art series. Her focused talk concerned Winslow Homer's iconic painting from 1884, The Life Line.

Conservation: Materials and Materiality in Eric Fischl’s Tumbling Woman II

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Eric Fischl's Tumbling Woman II is a poignant and provocative sculpture that is on view in American Art's Lincoln Gallery. In addition to the artwork's historical underpinning and evocative pose, it maintains a distinctive materiality that causes a visitor to pause and engage with its subject.

Cold Snap Raises Concern: How will the monarchs fare?

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Should I be concerned about the monarch butterfly? Is it going extinct? Will these cold temperatures kill the ones I’m raising? What is “OE” and should I worry about it? If you have questions about monarchs, you are in good … Continue reading ?

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening this week (11/17-11/23) at HMNS

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week! Get into the holiday spirit with the Jingle Tree events at HMNS Sugar Land, … Continue reading ?

Rethinking Community Advisory Boards: the Story of C3

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

What's the best way to get formal input from diverse community members? I've been curious about this question for a long time. While informal involvement or input for a specific project is always useful, there's also value to more sustained...Show More Summary

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