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A Photographer and a Writer Walk into a Museum

2 days 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

5 days 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

last weekArts / 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

last weekArts / 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 weeks 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

2 weeks 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 weeks 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

last monthArts / 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

last monthArts / 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

Reading Into the Throne: On James Hampton's Notebook

last monthArts / Museums : Eye Level

James Hampton's notebook, written in an invented script. An expanded presentation of the now iconic Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations' Millennium General Assembly (aka The Throne) by James Hampton is currently on view in the newly installed...

In This Case: 42nd Street Nocturne

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

As a visual for our film series Movies at SAAM, we've been using Xavier Barile's 42nd Street Nocturne. But did you know this painting hangs in the Luce Foundation Center? Situated in case 36B, Barile's small impressionistic painting shows New York City's 42nd Street Apollo Theatre aglow beneath a starry sky. Show More Summary

JFK: American Visionary

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Lawrence Schiller, a former Life magazine photojournalist (who ironically was assigned to Nixon's failed presidential campaign) organized the exhibition and reviewed 34,000 photographs, before choosing seventy-seven "images that told the story."

Q & Art: Who's That?

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

AAM's Photograph Archives hold more than a quarter million photographs, documenting American art and artists. Curators, conservators, art collectors, and historians have used the images to inform or illustrate their projects. The Archives' largest collection contains 127,000 negatives from the Peter A. Juley & Son photography firm.

Ella Fitzgerald Turns 100: Five Questions with Vocalist Sharón Clark

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

On April 25, 1917, one of the most iconic vocalists of our time was born—Ella Fitzgerald. This year, the world celebrates the centennial of the "First Lady of Song" and the legacy Ella left behind. For the eighth year in a row, the Smithsonian American Art Museum will fill its Kogod Courtyard with a celebration of her music on Saturday, April 29.

Luce Unplugged Community Showcase: Five Questions with Coup Sauvage & the Snips

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

As the warm weather rolls into DC, so does our Spring Luce Unplugged Community Showcase. This Friday, April 28, get ready to dance with performances by Coup Sauvage & the Snips and Janel Leppin.

Where Is Everybody? Behind-the-Scenes in the Lunder Conservation Center

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

One of the questions we hear most often from visitors to the Lunder Conservation Center is "where are the conservators?"

At SAAM, Deaf Guides Take the Lead With Art Signs

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

As Emily Blachly leads a group of adults in discussing a 19th-century landscape in SAAM’s galleries, several visitors passing through the second floor hallway pause with interest. Two people stop to join the conversation. This is not...Show More Summary

Creative Disruption: June Schwarcz and Peter Voulkos at the Renwick

2 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

At first glance, the objects on display at SAAM's Renwick Gallery by June Schwarcz and Peter Voulkos couldn't be more different. Schwarcz's enamel work is precise and almost ethereal, while Voulkos's pots and sculptures are weighty and improvisational. Show More Summary

District of Play: DC’s Vibrant Video Game Scene

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Time's running out to submit your game to the Smithsonian American Art Museum's SAAM Arcade. The deadline for submission is April 15, 2017. Below, Dorothy Ann Phoenix of the International Game Developers Association's DC Chapter discusses the great opportunities available to gamers and game developers in DC.

Remembering James Rosenquist

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Pop artist James Rosenquist, who died last week at the age of 83, created large canvases that were influenced by his early years as a sign painter in Minnesota and New York City. (A contemporaneous article referred to him as "the billboard Michelangelo who spills paint on tourists below").

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