Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery

Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery SAAM and its branch museum, the Renwick Gallery, celebrate the extraordinary creativity of artists whose works reflect the American experience.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the nation's first collection of American art, is an unparalleled record of the American experience from the colonial period to today. The Renwick Gallery, a branch of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, features one of the finest collections of American craft in the United States. Welcome to our page! Please feel free to share thoughts about our post

The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the nation's first collection of American art, is an unparalleled record of the American experience from the colonial period to today. The Renwick Gallery, a branch of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, features one of the finest collections of American craft in the United States. Welcome to our page! Please feel free to share thoughts about our post

Happy Birthday to Alma Thomas! Our new comic series, “Drawn to Art: Ten Tales of Inspiring Women Artists,” highlights th...
09/22/2021
Happy Birthday, Alma Thomas

Happy Birthday to Alma Thomas! Our new comic series, “Drawn to Art: Ten Tales of Inspiring Women Artists,” highlights the careers of visionary and rule-breaking artists, such as Alma Thomas, known for her colorful and bold patterned abstractions. In fact, Thomas was one of the reasons the project was conceived. To celebrate the artist’s 130th birthday, we invite you to enjoy “Beneath the Holly Tree,” a colorful homage to her life and work. #AlmaThomas

Celebrating what would have been artist Alma Thomas’s 130th birthday with a comic about her life and work

Are autumn leaves fluttering outside your window? Or are you still waiting patiently for signs of fall?For Alma Thomas, ...
09/21/2021

Are autumn leaves fluttering outside your window? Or are you still waiting patiently for signs of fall?

For Alma Thomas, the play of light filtering through the trees was an ongoing source of inspiration: “The holly tree! I looked at the tree in the window, and that became my inspiration… I noticed how this light shone on and through other trees, shrubs, and flowers, and I tried to capture this magic.”

Tomorrow, September 22, marks the first day of fall (with or without golden leaves!) as well as the 130th birthday of Alma Thomas. To celebrate this remarkable artist, cultural and educational institutions across Washington, DC, are celebrating Thomas’ life with a variety of programs and events. Learn more at AlmaThomasDC.org

Are autumn leaves fluttering outside your window? Or are you still waiting patiently for signs of fall?

For Alma Thomas, the play of light filtering through the trees was an ongoing source of inspiration: “The holly tree! I looked at the tree in the window, and that became my inspiration… I noticed how this light shone on and through other trees, shrubs, and flowers, and I tried to capture this magic.”

Tomorrow, September 22, marks the first day of fall (with or without golden leaves!) as well as the 130th birthday of Alma Thomas. To celebrate this remarkable artist, cultural and educational institutions across Washington, DC, are celebrating Thomas’ life with a variety of programs and events. Learn more at AlmaThomasDC.org

Chicanx artists have forged a remarkable history of printmaking grounded in social justice that remains vital today. Thi...
09/15/2021
The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics - Google Arts & Culture

Chicanx artists have forged a remarkable history of printmaking grounded in social justice that remains vital today. This month on Google Arts & Culture, explore the innovative and vibrant tradition of Chicanx graphic arts that is represented in SAAM’s collection.

Chicanx artists have forged a remarkable history of printmaking grounded in social justice. Explore this innovative and vibrant tradition through works in SAAM's collection.

How do artists contribute to our collective memory of events?SAAM’s collection includes several artworks that remind us ...
09/10/2021
The Art of Remembering 9/11

How do artists contribute to our collective memory of events?

SAAM’s collection includes several artworks that remind us of the moments of tragedy, the enduring spirit of a nation, and the lasting impact of the events of 9/11.

Artworks in SAAM’s collection and the stories they tell us about 9/11

On #LaborDay, we‘re revisiting Barbara Carrasco's portrait of #DoloresHuerta. Carrasco chose to create a portrait of Dol...
09/06/2021
Dolores Huerta

On #LaborDay, we‘re revisiting Barbara Carrasco's portrait of #DoloresHuerta. Carrasco chose to create a portrait of Dolores Huerta at a time when the groundbreaking labor organizer was sadly under recognized for her pivotal role as the cofounder of the United Farm Workers union. The brightly hued print, which references Huerta by first name only, urges viewers to recognize female leadership. The close-up of Huerta’s face recalls Andy Warhol’s celebrity portraits, casting a tireless labor leader as a new kind of icon.

Dolores Huerta Changemakers from ¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now es En Español The Print Barbara Carrasco, Dolores, 1999, screenprint on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Frank K. Ribelin Endowment, 2020.22.7, © 19...

“To humanize and be a voice for those that felt forgotten through the lens of a camera has changed me.” —Karim R. Amin, ...
09/02/2021
Centering Black Youth Voices in Baltimore

“To humanize and be a voice for those that felt forgotten through the lens of a camera has changed me.” —Karim R. Amin, Voices of 21217

Using a pilot lesson plan written by educator Elizabeth Dale-Deines, Baltimore students participated in activities based on photographs in SAAM’s exhibition “Welcome Home: A Portrait of East Baltimore, 1975–1980.” They gave feedback on their experience, which assisted SAAM’s educators in creating a new curriculum, “Recording a Changing Nation,” now available to teachers nationwide.

Dale-Deines speaks to Karim R. Amin, veteran educator and executive director of the Voices of 21217, a community-based youth program in Baltimore City, about the process of creating a community collaboration and its impact.

SAAM educator Elizabeth Dale-Deines talks with Karim R. Amin about the outcomes of creating a youth-focused photography program

SAAM educator Elizabeth Dale-Deines reflects on building a program centered on youth voices with the help of Baltimore-b...
08/31/2021
Creating Authentic Community Collaboration

SAAM educator Elizabeth Dale-Deines reflects on building a program centered on youth voices with the help of Baltimore-based nonprofit, Voices of 21217, ultimately achieving something together what neither could do alone.

One SAAM educator explores creating a meaningful partnership with a community-based organization to achieve something neither could have done alone.

“Electronic Superhighway” is made of 336 televisions, 50 media players, 3,750 feet of cable, and 575 feet of multicolore...
08/30/2021
Connecting with Nam June Paik’s Electronic Superhighway

“Electronic Superhighway” is made of 336 televisions, 50 media players, 3,750 feet of cable, and 575 feet of multicolored neon tubing. Take an American Art Moment to delve into the story of this extraordinary artwork and artist Nam June Paik.

Reflecting on Paik's innovative installation with a new installment of the video series American Art Moments

SAAM’s conservation fellow explores the challenges of helping William H. Johnson’s sunflowers bloom a little brighter. 🌻...
08/25/2021
Making William H. Johnson’s Sunflowers Bloom Again

SAAM’s conservation fellow explores the challenges of helping William H. Johnson’s sunflowers bloom a little brighter. 🌻 🔬 🖌️

SAAM's conservation fellow explores the extra challenges of treating an iconic artwork during the pandemic

In addition to the portraits and photos related to abolition, the new collection includes an array of photographic jewel...
08/17/2021
New Collection of Portraits Presents a Rarely Seen Diversity in 19th-Century American Photography

In addition to the portraits and photos related to abolition, the new collection includes an array of photographic jewelry—brooches, bracelets and rings containing miniature portraits.

Thanks to this acquisition, the museum now holds the largest collection of daguerreotypes by the three early African American photographers James P. Ball, Glenalvin Goodridge, and Augustus Washington. The early photographs include portraits and objects related to abolitionists, the Underground Railroad, and the role of women entrepreneurs.

Smithsonian American Art Museum announces major acquisition of the works of Black photographers James P. Ball, Glenalvin Goodridge and Augustus Washington

Exciting acquisition news! The Smithsonian American Art Museum has recently acquired an extraordinary early photography ...
08/17/2021
Smithsonian Acquires Rare Photographs From the First African American Studios

Exciting acquisition news! The Smithsonian American Art Museum has recently acquired an extraordinary early photography collection from Larry J. West. Learn more about this collection of 286 objects that includes rare images from the first African American photography studios in The New York Times.

Daguerreotypes by James P. Ball, Glenalvin Goodridge and Augustus Washington are the centerpiece of a collection that could rewrite the early history of American photography.

What happens when you pair ten emerging illustrators with ten rule-breaking, visionary women artists in order to tell te...
08/12/2021
New Comic Series Presents Ten Visionaries and Rule Breakers in SAAM’s Collection

What happens when you pair ten emerging illustrators with ten rule-breaking, visionary women artists in order to tell ten remarkable tales?

Magic.

Inspired by graphic novels, these short takes on artists’ lives were drawn by ten women student-illustrators from the Ringling School of Art and Design. In creating this project, we wanted to give young people a look at the struggles and triumphs of ten visionaries and rule breakers whose artwork is featured in SAAM’s collection, to see themselves reflected, and to draw strength from that visibility.

SAAM Debuts Drawn to Art: Ten Tales of Inspiring Women Artists

Alma Thomas. Berenice Abbott. Carmen Herrera. Mickalene Thomas. Kay Sekimachi. Corita Kent. Maria Oakey Dewing. Anni Alb...
08/12/2021
Drawn to Art: Ten Tales of Inspiring Women Artists

Alma Thomas. Berenice Abbott. Carmen Herrera. Mickalene Thomas. Kay Sekimachi. Corita Kent. Maria Oakey Dewing. Anni Albers. Edmonia Lewis. Romaine Brooks.

Have you ever wondered about artists beyond the frames—or lens—of their art? Now you don't have to! These visionaries and rule breakers have inspired a new series of online comics aimed at drawing attention to their lives and work and inspiring a new generation.

“Drawn to Art: Ten Tales of Inspiring Women Artists” illuminates the stories of ten women artists whose artwork is represented in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, some of whom may not have received the attention they deserved in their lifetimes. Inspired by graphic novels, these brilliantly illustrated takes on artists’ lives were drawn by ten women student-illustrators from the Ringling College of Art and Design.

Can art make a difference in your life? We think so! Explore the series on our website, and if you enjoy, please share with someone you know who is “Drawn to Art.”

Drawn to Art illuminates the stories of ten women artists, some of whom may not have received the attention they deserved in their lifetimes, whose artwork is represented in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Inspired by graphic novels, these short takes on artists’ lives were ...

Happy birthday Smithsonian! The Smithsonian was officially created 175 years ago today, on August 10, 1846.⁣⁣In celebrat...
08/10/2021

Happy birthday Smithsonian! The Smithsonian was officially created 175 years ago today, on August 10, 1846.⁣

In celebration, we’re sharing Smithsonian baby photos with the hashtag #Smithsonian175⁣

Does the space in this photograph look familiar? What if you delete the grass and add an undulating glass canopy above?

As much as we love the light-filled Kogod Courtyard - Smithsonian American Art Museum & Portrait Gallery that SAAM shares with National Portrait Gallery, this view from before the space was enclosed is a delightful trip back in time.

“I want people to see my art and put themselves in the shoes of a minority, and feel the oppression and the hopelessness...
08/09/2021
Making the Most: In the Studio with Kevin Pourier

“I want people to see my art and put themselves in the shoes of a minority, and feel the oppression and the hopelessness, but also the pride and courage and tenacity Lakota have.”
Oglala Lakota artist Kevin Pourier reflects on work and life during the pandemic in the last in our “Making the Most” series.

Oglala Lakota artist Kevin Pourier creates art from buffalo horn, a material with a deep ancestral and cultural connection

Ready, set, play! The games from our inaugural SAAM Arcade Game Jam are now available to play online!The video and table...
08/08/2021
Submissions to SAAM Arcade 2021 Game Jam

Ready, set, play! The games from our inaugural SAAM Arcade Game Jam are now available to play online!

The video and tabletop games created during the SAAM Arcade 2021 Game Jam will become available to play any time. This is your chance to test out brand-new games and celebrate the community of developers, artists, designers, writers, and gamers that make SAAM Arcade such a special annual event.

As we prepare to say goodbye to landmark exhibition “¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, ...
08/07/2021
Chicanx Artists on Sharing Knowledge and Building Community

As we prepare to say goodbye to landmark exhibition “¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now,” we reflect on the power of art to be, as artist and Dignidad Rebelde co-founder and Melanie Cervantes describes, “an empowering reflection of community struggles, community dreams, and community vision.”

We look at themes from ¡Printing the Revolution! as discussed in conversations between the artists, curators, and scholars

Leslie Thornton’s feminist punk reset of experimental filmmaking’s aims and inclusions tackles issues we still grapple w...
08/04/2021
Leslie Thornton and the Art of Surviving

Leslie Thornton’s feminist punk reset of experimental filmmaking’s aims and inclusions tackles issues we still grapple with today.

On Thursday, August 5, SAAM presents a virtual screening and talk featuring award-winning filmmaker Leslie Thornton.
The event is part of a monthly series, Viewfinder: Women’s Film and Video from the Smithsonian, sponsored by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her Story.

Leslie Thornton’s feminist punk reset of experimental filmmaking’s aims and inclusions tackles issues we still grapple with today.

There's nothing like visiting an exhibition IRL, but sometimes the pesky realities of time and space make that impossibl...
08/03/2021
¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now

There's nothing like visiting an exhibition IRL, but sometimes the pesky realities of time and space make that impossible.
Explore “¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now” from anywhere in this virtual experience. Immerse yourself in bold and innovative graphic art and learn about the history and traditions of the Chicano movement while virtually walking through SAAM’s galleries.

In the 1960s, activist Chicano artists forged a remarkable history of printmaking that remains vital today. Many artists came of age during the civil rights, labor, anti-war, feminist and LGBTQ+ movements and channeled the period’s social activism into assertive aesthetic statements that announced...

What does it mean to grow and foster a community through video games?This year SAAM Arcade features a week-long game jam...
08/02/2021
Building Community Through Video Games

What does it mean to grow and foster a community through video games?
This year SAAM Arcade features a week-long game jam. As the event gets underway, Totten reflects on how the amazing SAAM Arcade community has grown over the years.

Chris Totten reflects on how the gaming community around SAAM Arcade has grown since the first event debuted seven years ago

Planning a visit to SAAM or the Renwick Gallery? Starting Friday, July 30, all visitors ages two and older are required ...
07/29/2021
Visit the Museums

Planning a visit to SAAM or the Renwick Gallery? Starting Friday, July 30, all visitors ages two and older are required to wear a mask while visiting Smithsonian museums and indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status.
Find everything you need to plan your visit: https://americanart.si.edu/visit

The Smithsonian American Art Museum displays its collections and presents special exhibitions in two locations in Washington, DC. Its main building is located at the heart of a vibrant downtown cultural district, while its branch museum for contemporary craft, the Renwick Gallery, is located nine bl...

When we think of the American West, in both popular culture and commonly accepted historical narratives, we are often pr...
07/27/2021
Exhibition Showcases How Artists Challenge Mythic Conceptions of the American West

When we think of the American West, in both popular culture and commonly accepted historical narratives, we are often presented with the same images of a past that never was. We fail to consider important events that actually occurred.

The story of the American West is not simply that of rugged colonial settlers, gun-toting cowboys, or scenic expanses of vacant land: it was and still is home to culturally-rich and diverse communities with many stories and experiences. A new exhibition offers counterviews of “the West” through the eyes of modern and contemporary artists.

Now on tour! Many Wests: Artists Shape an American Idea, a collaboration among SAAM and four partner museums, offers counterviews of “the West” and showcases modern and contemporary artists who are who are reclaiming the narratives of their region.

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