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Luce Unplugged: Five Questions with Snakes

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Luce Unplugged brings the DMV's best bands to perform in the museum for an evening of music and merriment. We'll kick off our fall lineup with the Baltimore-based band, Snakes on September 7. Snakes is a relatively new act, but they're...Show More Summary

In This Case: Artist Paul Rand

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Paul Rand, a 20th-century graphic designer and art director, was a master at combining elements of fine art and design. His hallmark style combined recognizable symbols, text, and humor to communicate clear messages in creative ways. His iconic logo designs for major firms such as IBM, UPS, NeXT Computer, and ABC transformed the way major companies created brand identity.

Parallax Gap: Building a Drawing

4 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Helen B. Bechtel, independent curator and coordinator of the installation, Parallax Gap, fills us in on the relationship between architecture and American craft. Parallax Gap remains on display at the Renwick Gallery through February 11, 2018.

Luce Unplugged: Aaron Abernathy

4 months 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

4 months 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

4 months agoArts / 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

4 months agoArts / 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

4 months 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

5 months 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

5 months agoArts / 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

5 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Alma Thomas, a DC artist and influential painter, once said, "I've never bothered painting the ugly things in life...no. 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

5 months agoArts / 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

5 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

5 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

6 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

6 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

6 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

6 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

6 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

6 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.

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