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On Thornton Dial (1928-2016)

5 days agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

The American artist Thornton Dial died on January 25, 2016, at the age of 87. Leslie Umberger, SAAM's curator of folk and self-taught art writes an appreciation about Mr. Dial and his work.

February's Handi-Hour

6 days agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

February's Handi-hour is sold out, but don't despair! You can get your own private tutoring session with our videos right here. This month we're making string art with map pins, cork boards and embroidery floss.

Seeing Things (15): Looking Through Glass

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

This is the fifteenth in a series of personal observations about how people experience and explore museums. Take a look at Howard's other blog posts about seeing things.

Painting with LED Light at the Renwick

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

"Years ago when we started looking at LEDs they just weren't ready for use in museums," says Scott Rosenfeld, lighting director at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery. In 2010, Rosenfeld set out to see what he could learn about LED lighting and apply it to the museum. Show More Summary

Luce Artist Talk with Jesse Shipley

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

On Saturday, January 30th tcostume designer Jesse Shipley will visit the Luce Foundation Center to discuss what it's like to see your art as a part of a live performance. This discussion will be the first in in our Luce Artist Talk series for 2016.

Throwback Thursday: Our America: The Legacy of a King

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. This Monday we will celbrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Curator E. Carmen Ramos discusse...

Video Games: SAAM's Indie Arcade

4 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Chris Totten, a professor at American University's Game Lab, coordinator for January 16th's Indie Coast to Coast Competition as part of SAAM's Indie Arcade, and head of the Independent Game Developer's Association (IGDA's) D.C. chapter, recently wrote about the intersection of video games and art.

Irving Penn: The Painter's Eye

last monthArts / Museums : Eye Level

Photographer Irving Penn, who died in 2009, and whose work is featured in the current exhibition, Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty, combined fashion, art, and photography to create a style uniquely his own. He not only walked the line between the artistic and the commercial worlds, he led the way.

Luce Unplugged: 5 Questions with Stronger Sex

last monthArts / Museums : Eye Level

Join us for the first Luce Unplugged of the year next Thursday, January 14th at 5:30 p.m. Stronger Sex, a beloved local experimental noise-pop band, will kick of the concert series' first show of the year.

Picture This: A 360 Degree Wonder

last monthArts / Museums : Eye Level

Plexus A1, Gabriel Dawe, 2015, Photo by Mike Tuttle After a two year renovation, the opening of the Renwick Gallery and its inaugural exhibition, WONDER, have been a major success. The building has been updated to a 21st century elegance...

Chakaia Booker: This is How I Roll

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

On Saturday afternoon, artist Chakaia Booker and curator E. Carmen Ramos spoke in the Renwick Gallery's Grand Salon about Booker's work, process, and Anonymous Donor her sculpture/installation in the current exhibition, WONDER.

New Acquisitions: David Smith Sculpture

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

SAAM has just announced it is acquiring David Smith’s Agricola IV, a ground-breaking sculpture by one of the country’s most important artists. Agricola IV is a major addition to the museum’s presentation of American art in the twentieth century.

Renwick Curator Nicholas Bell on WONDER

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Folding the Chesapeake by Maya Lin. Photo by Ron Blunt. Nicholas Bell, The Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator-in-Charge at the Renwick Gallery, spoke the other day about the exhibition WONDER, what led to its creation, the commonalities and differences among...

Q and Art: Anni Albers and the Evolution of American Craft

2 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.

Cross Currents: Georgia O'Keeffe and the Perfect Pineapple

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Five Georgia O'Keeffe paintings in the current exhibition, Cross Currents: Modern Art from the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Art Collection, create a mini exhibition in themselves.

Luce Unplugged: Five Questions (Plus One) with Nag Champa

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Before you leave town for the holidays, get your fix of D.C. music and culture at the next Luce Unplugged, our free local concert series, coming up with Nag Champa on Thursday, December 10th, 6 p.m. Nag Champa are a progressive, beat-driven electronic jazz and R&B group.

Lunder Conservation Center: A Conservator Finds Art in the Dark

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Desi Peters recently completed her graduate internship at the Lunder Conservation Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum, in paintings conservation. She describes her conservation treatment of Chapel In-the Fall-Wood by Maceptaw Bo...

Eye Wonder: Ten Years of Blogging at SAAM

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Ten years ago, November 29, 2005 to be exact, SAAM launched Eye Level, the first museum blog at the Smithsonian. It's given us the ability to tell stories and show people the museum from the inside out.

In This Case: Luis Jiménez's Model for "Fiesta"

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

In redefining the myth we're really redefining ourselves... Luis Jiménez,Texas Monthly, September 1998 The Luce Center is filled with all kinds of treasures and Model for "Fiesta" by Mexican-American artist Luis Jiménez is no exception. The General Services Administration (GSA)...

Luce Artist Talk with Britney Mongold

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

On Saturday, November 21, local theater prop designer Britney Mongold will visit the Luce Foundation Center to explain her career's trajectory in the latest installment of our Luce Artist Talk series. As a set and prop designer, Mongold works with several theaters across Washington, D.C., including Cultural D.C.'s Source Festival.

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