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Carl Van Vechten: Harlem Heroes

2 days agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

When author and social commentator Carl Van Vechten focused his camera on the African American community of writers, artists, singers, athletes, and politicians in Harlem beginning in the 1930s, it was an eye-opening experience.

Luce Artist Talk with Jackie Hoysted

4 days agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Each month, the Luce Foundation Center partners with neighboring Flashpoint Gallery to bring local artists to speak about their own work and the inspiration they take from SAAM's collection. We'll round out our summer talk series onShow More Summary

Bearing Witness: Martin Puryear's Monumental Public Art

4 days agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

SAAM's Curator of Sculpture, Karen Lemmey, recently joined forces with the GSA Art in Architecture Program's fine arts specialist Bill Caine to lead a "walk and talk" discussion about the importance of public art. Since 1972, the Art...Show More Summary

Art Museum Tours For Visitors Who Are Blind

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

The best in-person encounters with artwork can engage us with compelling stories, challenge us with thought-provoking ideas, and inspire creativity. By looking deeply, visitors connect with art through what they see. But how does someone...Show More Summary

Luce Center: Harold Weston's Building the United Nations Series

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Harold Weston once told Magazine of Art, "theories and explanations about paintings are... usually unsatisfactory." However, as an artist, I find artists' experiences inform and enrich the artworks they create. The time and place in which a work of art comes to be influences what it is and what it means. Show More Summary

Throwback Thursday: Wendell Castle's Ghost Clock

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

It's Throwback Thursday! And we at Eye Level have decided it's a great opportunity to bring back some of our interesting posts from the past. After the incredibly successful run of the Renwick Gallery's WONDER exhibition, we wanted to highlight some of our works from SAAM's permanent collection.

"Movies at SAAM" Series Continues

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Continue with us on our summer journey through art history at our Movies at SAAM series.

Q and Art: Viola Frey

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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. This week: sculptor Viola Frey.

Luce Foundation's 10th Anniversary: Five Questions with PraxisCat

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This year, the Luce Foundation Center marked the 10th anniversary of our opening. To celebrate, we're throwing a party on July 22 at our Luce Unplugged Community Showcase with musical performances by PraxisCat and Big Hush.

Some Strings Attached: the willful marionette at SAAM

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SAAM's annual birthday celebration honoring the legacy of media pioneer Nam June Paik—an artist known for his interest in robotics and humanizing technology—featured artists Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault. Their work, the three-foot tall the willful marionette was built from 3-D scanned images of a human figure. Show More Summary

America Now at SAAM

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On Saturday, July 9, SAAM presented America Now: America Particpates, an opportunity to incorporate creativity with citizen democracy through art, music, storytelling, and service.

Pokémon Go: Games, Art, and Open Spaces at the Museum

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Shortly after its release, colleagues began playing Pokémon Go —an augmented reality game that has captured the imagination of the entire internet. Museum visitors were doing the same. At the Smithsonian American Art Museum, new games are often received with more enthusiasm than might be expected of an art museum. Show More Summary

Luce Artist Talk: Five Questions with Kathryn Thibault

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Each month, we partner with our neighbors up the street at Flashpoint Gallery to present our local artist talk series. This month, Kathryn Lynch Thibault joins us to talk about her most recent exhibition and works that inspire her in our Luce Foundation Center. Show More Summary

Light Fantastic: Gabriel Dawe in Conversation

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

The final program in the WONDER series of artist talks featured Gabriel Dawe in conversation with Nora Atkinson, the Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft at the Renwick Gallery. Dawe's Plexus A1, one of the nine room-filling installations commissioned for the exhibition, spins a new riff on the theme of alchemy: it turns thread into light.

Making Connections at the Renwick: Everything Clicks

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

The Renwick's reinstallation of more than eighty objects from its permanent collection—Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery—brings together artists working in media as diverse as vinyl, denim, quartz, and glass.

Romaine Brooks: Body of Work

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

In honor of the current exhibition "The Art of Romaine Brooks," eminent scholars Cassandra Langer, Sylvia Kahan, and Helen Langa, joined SAAM's chief curator Virginia Mecklenburg, for a discussion that shed new light onto the artist's life and times.

Conserving Duane Hanson's Woman Eating

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

For a decade, Duane Hanson's life-like sculpture Woman Eating has fascinated SAAM visitors. With funding provided by the Smithsonian's Women's Committee, conservators were able to research, examine, document, and treat this work for future generations to continue to enjoy.

Luce Artist Talk: Five Questions with Anne Bouie

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Join us this Saturday, June 25 at 1:30 p.m. for the latest installment of our Luce Artist Talks series. This month's talk features mixed-media artist Anne Bouie, who strives to "express the universal themes of order, harmony, growth, beauty, and transcendence" in her work.

Romaine Brooks: Gray Matters

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Romaine Brooks' Self-Portrait The paintings of Romaine Brooks have always made me want to learn more about the artist, ever since first seeing a selection of her work in the Renwick Gallery's Grand Salon in 2009, including her self-portrait and...

Curator's Travel Journal: In Rufino Tamayo's Footsteps (6)

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

E. Carmen Ramos, curator of Latino Art at SAAM, was recently in Mexico to research her upcoming exhibition on the acclaimed 20th-century Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo’s lengthy residence and production in New York City. This is the sixth and final post Carmen scribed from the road. Show More Summary

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