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Luce Unplugged: Aaron Abernathy

3 days agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Luce Unplugged brings DC's best musical acts to the Smithsonian American Art Museum for an evening concert after a staff-led art talk. On Thursday, August 24, soul artist Aaron Abernathy takes a break from working on his current projects to perform a set at 6 p.m. Luce Unplugged is presented in collaboration with DC Music Download.

Peter Voulkos: Breaking with Tradition

6 days agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

On view in our current exhibition at the Renwick Gallery, Peter Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years, are three of the artist's large-scale paintings: Blue Remington, Red Through Black #3, and Falling Red. Some people may be surprised to find paintings in Voulkos' oeuvre, but that's what makes their discovery (at least for me) all the more exciting.

In This Case: Art’s Role Regarding the Sacred

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

If you have ever visited a centuries-old Roman church or an Islamic mosque, you may have glimpsed the role visual arts play in the beliefs, practices and narratives concerning the sacred. In the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Luce Foundation Center, three pieces of art provide a snapshot of the different ways art has connected individuals and community to spirituality.

Picture This: SAAM Arcade 2017

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

This past weekend, SAAM celebrated all that is good about video games when it hosted its annual SAAM Arcade. Almost 20,000 attended the two-day event held in the museum's Kogod Courtyard and throughout the museum. This is the third year...Show More Summary

A Sense of Place: New Mexico as Seen by Artist Gene Kloss

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Gene Kloss felt that immersion in nature was essential to the production of art. Her paintings and etchings were directly informed by nature and she couldn't conceive of making art any other way. "An artist must keep in close contact with nature... in order to produce a significant body of work," she said, and she was prepared to live by her words.

Not in the Fast Lane: Anthony Hernandez's Photographs

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

SAAM's current photography exhibition Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography, explores the post-World War II changes taking place in cities across the country through the eyes of ten photographers who documented these transformations.

Throwback Thursday, Nam June Paik: Because Almost All of the Audience is Uninvited

last monthArts / Museums : Eye Level

To celebrate Nam June Paik's birthday today, we're reposting former associate curator of film and media art, Michael Mansfield's post about our 2012 exhibition Nam June Paik: Global Visionary. Tonight, to share in the festivities, Barbara...Show More Summary

In This Case: Alma Thomas, An Artist from Washington, DC

last monthArts / Museums : Eye Level

Alma Thomas, a DC artist and influential painter, once said, "I've never bothered painting the ugly things in I wanted something beautiful you could sit down and look at." She dedicated her life to doing just that.

Luce Unplugged: 5 Questions with Irreversible Entanglements

last monthArts / Museums : Eye Level

On Friday, July 14, escape the DC heat with a night full of jazz and rock-n-roll at our Summer Luce Unplugged Community Showcase featuring Irreversible Entanglements and Ian Svenonius.

SAAM Arcade: Let the Video Games Begin

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

SAAM is turning into a video game arcade! On Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6, anyone can participate in game building workshops, hear musicians performing music inspired by classic Nintendo and Sega themes, and play more than 100 games.

Parallax Gap opening on Saturday at the Renwick Gallery

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Parallax Gap, an architecturally-inspired work now on view at SAAM's Renwick Gallery is suspended from the ceiling of the Grand Salon and runs the length of the room.

A Photographer and a Writer Walk into a Museum

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

The other day, in my quest to look at works of art with fresh eyes, I asked a colleague to join me (that's one way to get new eyes) in a walk through the museum, and let me know what spoke to him.

Movies at SAAM: Summer 2017

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Are you looking for something cool and entertaining to do this summer? Look no further! "Movies at SAAM" has got you covered. We're excited to bring you a wonderful lineup of movies and guest speakers that will provide a refreshing look into American art.

The Threads That Connect the Stars: Poet Martín Espada on His Father's Life and Work

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Martín Espada's incantatory poetry reading at SAAM in honor of Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography paid lasting tribute to his father, the documentary photographer Frank Espada (1930-2014), whose work is featured in the exhibition.

Luce Unplugged: Five Questions with Stephanie Williams and Matt Cohen

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

It's no secret that the District's music scene buzzes with diverse talent. Yet, how do we harness this creativity in the Luce Foundation Center? With help from DC Music Download's Stephanie Williams for our Thursday shows, and insight from Matt Cohen, arts editor for the Washington City Paper, for our Friday showcases!

Photography Encouraged: Imagination and Association

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

One of the best parts of my day is the time I set aside to search through the comments and photos people share with us on social media about the museum's artworks.

Donald Sultan's Disaster Paintings

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Donald Sultan's industrial landscape series depict an array of catastrophes, including forest fires, railway accidents, arsons, and industrial plants exuding toxic plumes. Twelve of these large-scale paintings are now on display at SAAM in the exhibition Donald Sultan: The Disaster Paintings.

Movies at SAAM: The New York Latino Film Festival

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

On June 9 and June 10, Movies at SAAM is proud to co-host a two day film festival with the National Portrait Gallery's Taína Caragol, Curator of Latino Art and History, and SAAM's E. Carmen Ramos, Curator of Latino Art.

Luce Unplugged: Five Questions with Bad Moves

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

On Thursday, May 25, Bad Moves will perform in the Luce Foundation Center as part of Luce Unplugged, our free, monthly concert series presented with DC Music Download.

Framing the City: Mean Streets and Urban Photography

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

The exhibition, Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography, takes as its starting point, the response by Latino artists to the "urban crisis," a term that emerged in the 1960s to refer to the changes that were going on in many cities throughout the United States. Show More Summary

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