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.
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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 posts, ask us questions, or tell us about your visit. Find us on other social media sites: www.americanart.si.edu/visit/social_media

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No, I don’t have a landing permit. I’m trying to reach Lando Calrissian!Well...that was a long time ago, I’m sure he’s f...
05/04/2021

No, I don’t have a landing permit. I’m trying to reach Lando Calrissian!

Well...that was a long time ago, I’m sure he’s forgotten about that… #MayThe4thBeWithYou

“Floating City” reminds us of a certain metropolis in the clouds in a galaxy far, far away where a certain Corellian scoundrel was betrayed by an old friend and frozen in carbonite.

In fact, artist Kent Raible was inspired by several fictional cities, though not Cloud City. His futuristic floating metropolis was inspired by the “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” by the Emerald City from “The Wizard of Oz,” and the legend of Atlantis. The randomly spaced diamonds in the middle section denote the rooms in the city where no one is home. The disks resembling flying saucers are the landing docks for the floating city.

Kent Raible, “Floating City,” 1996, fabricated 18k gold, chrome, diamonds, sapphires, amethysts, chalcedony, tourmaline, hand woven gold chain.
https://americanart.si.edu/artwork/floating-city-35196

No, I don’t have a landing permit. I’m trying to reach Lando Calrissian!

Well...that was a long time ago, I’m sure he’s forgotten about that… #MayThe4thBeWithYou

“Floating City” reminds us of a certain metropolis in the clouds in a galaxy far, far away where a certain Corellian scoundrel was betrayed by an old friend and frozen in carbonite.

In fact, artist Kent Raible was inspired by several fictional cities, though not Cloud City. His futuristic floating metropolis was inspired by the “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” by the Emerald City from “The Wizard of Oz,” and the legend of Atlantis. The randomly spaced diamonds in the middle section denote the rooms in the city where no one is home. The disks resembling flying saucers are the landing docks for the floating city.

Kent Raible, “Floating City,” 1996, fabricated 18k gold, chrome, diamonds, sapphires, amethysts, chalcedony, tourmaline, hand woven gold chain.
https://americanart.si.edu/artwork/floating-city-35196

“It was a good time creatively, but it was hard because I felt like I had lost a part of myself. I define myself largely...
04/30/2021
Podcast Release: Music and Conversation with singer-songwriter Jenna Camille

“It was a good time creatively, but it was hard because I felt like I had lost a part of myself. I define myself largely by being an artist and I felt like, in a way, I wasn't one anymore because I wasn't able to perform.”

From 2011 to 2020, SAAM hosted Luce Unplugged, a free, monthly concert series that celebrated the work of local musicians in its Luce Foundation Center for American Art. Since in-person events have been restricted during the pandemic, we teamed up with local music podcast, Hometown Sounds, to continue to bring you music and conversations from your favorite DC artists.
In our April episode, singer-songwriter Jenna Camille describes her creative point of view and how it changed in 2020.

Singer-songwriter, Jenna Camille, discusses how her creative motivations have evolved over the past year.

As we celebrate Earth Month, many of us are looking to be more environmentally conscious in our choices. Here‘s a crafty...
04/29/2021
Make an Upcycled Planter for Earth Month

As we celebrate Earth Month, many of us are looking to be more environmentally conscious in our choices. Here‘s a crafty way to your trash into treasure with this easy project for kids.

Enjoy an easy and fun craft using recycled materials and plant the seed for a greener future

SAAM and its Renwick Gallery will open to the public Friday, May 14, with separate timed-entry passes required for both ...
04/23/2021
Visiting the Smithsonian

SAAM and its Renwick Gallery will open to the public Friday, May 14, with separate timed-entry passes required for both buildings.
All public programs are online only, on-site public tours and events are currently suspended.

Learn about visiting our museums and zoo.

For #EarthDay we are reflecting on a post-pandemic relationship between humans and Mother Nature.
04/22/2021
Earth Day 2021: Carleton E. Watkins’ Legacy as a Conservationist

For #EarthDay we are reflecting on a post-pandemic relationship between humans and Mother Nature.

We take a look at the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on nature as well as an excerpt from Eleanor Jones Harvey’s exhibition catalogue focusing on Carleton E. Watkins.

In this season of renewal, we asked Emily Paluska of Revery Paper Flora about her efforts to stay creative during the pa...
04/09/2021
Beyond the Studio with Revery Paper Flora

In this season of renewal, we asked Emily Paluska of Revery Paper Flora about her efforts to stay creative during the pandemic as well as her experiences as a botanical artist, educator, and business owner.

#LuceLocal

No green thumb? No problem. Hear from local botanical artist and educator, Emily Paluska of Revery Paper Flora, as SAAM's Luce Foundation Center connects with local artists.

Luis González’s “Hasta La Victoria Siempre” (1975) combines bold graphics and visual text to form a concrete poem, a vis...
04/08/2021
Chicanx Graphic Arts in Focus: Hasta La Victoria Siempre

Luis González’s “Hasta La Victoria Siempre” (1975) combines bold graphics and visual text to form a concrete poem, a visual form of poetry where the shape and the form of the text matches its subject.
Read more about this powerful political poster, designed to support the Chicano movement of the 1960s and 1970s, on our blog.

Luis González’s Hasta La Victoria Siempre combines bold graphics and text in a powerful political poster designed to support the Chicano movement

Artist Doris Lee painted “Harvest Time” in 1945. This outdoor picnic features a little bit of everything. Chickens, duck...
04/07/2021

Artist Doris Lee painted “Harvest Time” in 1945. This outdoor picnic features a little bit of everything. Chickens, ducks, apples, gravy, and a whole lot of beer.
In the mid-19th century into the 20th century, beer was primarily associated with working men. Following the repeal of Prohibition, brewers felt like they needed to reintroduce themselves to consumers. Since women were the members of a household doing the grocery shopping, American advertising targeted them, showing images of women buying beer and serving it in the home. “Harvest Time” was part of the push in the 1940s to normalize beer in a post-Prohibition America.
Doris Lee was known for scenes of Midwestern life. She was a perfect choice for this campaign, an artist, a woman creating imagery for an ad designed to appeal to women.

Doris Lee, “Harvest Time,” 1945 #NationalBeerDay

Artist Doris Lee painted “Harvest Time” in 1945. This outdoor picnic features a little bit of everything. Chickens, ducks, apples, gravy, and a whole lot of beer.
In the mid-19th century into the 20th century, beer was primarily associated with working men. Following the repeal of Prohibition, brewers felt like they needed to reintroduce themselves to consumers. Since women were the members of a household doing the grocery shopping, American advertising targeted them, showing images of women buying beer and serving it in the home. “Harvest Time” was part of the push in the 1940s to normalize beer in a post-Prohibition America.
Doris Lee was known for scenes of Midwestern life. She was a perfect choice for this campaign, an artist, a woman creating imagery for an ad designed to appeal to women.

Doris Lee, “Harvest Time,” 1945 #NationalBeerDay

In the 1950s, while still in her twenties, Helen Frankenthaler developed her signature stain painting technique and was ...
04/07/2021
Alexander Nemerov on Helen Frankenthaler

In the 1950s, while still in her twenties, Helen Frankenthaler developed her signature stain painting technique and was on her way to becoming a leader of the Abstract Expressionist movement and one of the most important American painters of the famed New York School.
Art historian and scholar Alexander Nemerov examines this period of Frankenthaler’s life while illuminating her process in his recently published book, “Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York.”

The author’s new book, Fierce Poise, chronicles the artist coming into her own in the 1950s

Berenice Abbott, Kay Sekimachi, Carmen Herrera, Edmonia Lewis, Alma Thomas. Five women who challenged both what art coul...
03/31/2021
Five Women Changemakers in American Art

Berenice Abbott, Kay Sekimachi, Carmen Herrera, Edmonia Lewis, Alma Thomas.

Five women who challenged both what art could be and who could be an artist.

Celebrating Women’s History Month by illuminating the stories of women who challenged both what art could be and who could be an artist.

After the recent passing of artist Joan Clark Netherwood, curator John P. Jacob reflects on his conversations with the p...
03/29/2021
The Year of Photography: A Remembrance of Joan Clark Netherwood

After the recent passing of artist Joan Clark Netherwood, curator John P. Jacob reflects on his conversations with the photographer, her legacy, and the East Baltimore Documentary Photography Project.

#WHM #BecauseOfHerStory

Curator John P. Jacob reflects on his recent conversations with the photographer Joan Clark Netherwood, her legacy, and the East Baltimore Documentary Photography Project

Since in-person events have been restricted for the past year, the Luce Foundation Center for American Art teamed up wit...
03/26/2021
Podcast Release: Music and Conversation with DC Soulpunk Band, Lightmare

Since in-person events have been restricted for the past year, the Luce Foundation Center for American Art teamed up with music podcast, Hometown Sounds, to continue to bring you music and conversations from your favorite DC artists.

In the March episode, Hometown Sounds talks with Shady (vocalist), Frankie (bassist), and Beck (guitarist) of the six-person soulpunk group Lightmare. Lightmare's ability to blend the punchy, the political, and the personal into powerful, danceable music has quickly made it a staple of the DC music scene.

DC soulpunk band, Lightmare, discusses writing and recording an album during a pandemic with Hometown Sounds.

Sonia Romero pushes the boundaries of graphic arts beyond paper to call attention to environmental issues. Composed of m...
03/25/2021
Chicanx Graphic Arts in Focus: Bee Pile

Sonia Romero pushes the boundaries of graphic arts beyond paper to call attention to environmental issues. Composed of more than 200 printed and hand-sewn bees to draw attention to colony collapse disorder, “Bee Pile” (2010) combines elements of block printmaking, installation, and public art. Originally displayed in a grocery store as a site-specific installation designed to bring art out of the museum setting and into the community, this project is part of a series that critiques over-consumption and disproportionate waste production.
#WomensHistoryMonth

Sonia Romero pushes the boundaries of graphic arts beyond paper and seeks to bring art out of the museum and into the community

We stand with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the entire Asian American community, our friends and our...
03/23/2021
#StopAsianHate - Standing Together Against Hate

We stand with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the entire Asian American community, our friends and our neighbors, in coming together as one against racism, hatred, xenophobia and sexism.

The Smithsonian Institution mourns the loss of eight people—seven of them women, six of whom were of Asian descent—who were killed last week when a gunman opened fire inside three spas located in Georgia.

This month, SAAM announced that collectors Faith and Stephen Brown are giving their extraordinary collection of Amish qu...
03/20/2021
The Graphic Appeal of Amish Quilts

This month, SAAM announced that collectors Faith and Stephen Brown are giving their extraordinary collection of Amish quilts to the museum. The quilts were made between the 1880s and 1940s and embody the astonishing design innovation and stitching skills of Amish women.

A selection of quilts from the gift will be featured in an upcoming exhibition scheduled to open in March 2024.

Celebrating National Quilting Day with a gift of Amish quilts

What‘s your favorite sign of spring? Longer days? Flowers? Birdsong? We‘re partial to “Blossoming Trees,” like these pai...
03/20/2021

What‘s your favorite sign of spring? Longer days? Flowers? Birdsong? We‘re partial to “Blossoming Trees,” like these painted by William H. Johnson.

Celebrate spring with #CherryBlossoms and crafts—including an online scavenger hunt, coloring pages, and videos:
https://americanart.si.edu/events/family-zone/cherry-blossom

What‘s your favorite sign of spring? Longer days? Flowers? Birdsong? We‘re partial to “Blossoming Trees,” like these painted by William H. Johnson.

Celebrate spring with #CherryBlossoms and crafts—including an online scavenger hunt, coloring pages, and videos:
https://americanart.si.edu/events/family-zone/cherry-blossom

Where we might see nothing of value, political artists see vital art supplies. In 1970, Ronald Reagan was outraged. As g...
03/19/2021
From Recycling to Revolution: Alternative Media in Chicanx Protest Art

Where we might see nothing of value, political artists see vital art supplies.

In 1970, Ronald Reagan was outraged. As governor of California, he accused Berkeley students of stealing materials from the university to make anti-war posters and was going to prove it. However, instead of capturing the presumed thieves, he ended up funding a detailed report that tells the story of radical, artistic upcycling.

How Chicanx protest artists in the 1970s used discarded materials in their work

In March 2019, the first Women Filmmakers Festival at SAAM was held in our auditorium; in 2020, the second Festival was ...
03/16/2021
Virtual Women Filmmakers Festival Inaugurates Women’s History Month at SAAM

In March 2019, the first Women Filmmakers Festival at SAAM was held in our auditorium; in 2020, the second Festival was our last in-person public program before COVID-19 shut down cultural institutions, and then whole cities, last spring. It was a powerful gathering and remains a bright memory for me in a tough year.
With Women’s History Month 2021 now upon us, our third Women Filmmakers Festival has taken a new, virtual form.

#WomensHistoryMonth

Cecila Vicuña, Coco Fusco, and Miriam Ghani address climate change, social justice, and the pandemic

Today we‘re joining Smithsonian Gardens in a celebration of spring with a few selections from SAAM‘s collection. #Magnol...
03/15/2021

Today we‘re joining Smithsonian Gardens in a celebration of spring with a few selections from SAAM‘s collection. #MagnoliaMadness

Charles Walter Stetson, “Magnolia,” 1895, oil on canvas mounted on fiberglass
Josephine Joy, “Magnolia Blossoms,” ca. 1935-1941, oil on canvas
Bertha E. Jaques, “Spring Blossoms (Tree Magnolia),” n.d., hand-colored drypoint on paper
Mary Vaux Walcott, “Umbrella Tree (Magnolia tripetala),” 1932, watercolor on paper
David Bates, “Magnolia Branch,” 1994, polychromed bronze
Grace M. Ballentine, “Magnolia Grandiflora,” ca. 1946, gelatin silver print
Torin Richards, “Red Bud,” 1996, fabricated, cast, and oxidized sterling silver and glass beads

“I think of women artists today responding to our demanding times as alchemists: using everyday materials and their pers...
03/10/2021
Honoring Artists as Changemakers for Women’s History Month

“I think of women artists today responding to our demanding times as alchemists: using everyday materials and their personal lives and experiences to create transformative art.”
SAAM Director Stephanie Stebich reflects on a pandemic year and the contributions of women artists, highlights the ongoing Women‘s Filmmaker Festival, and looks to work by women artists in SAAM’s collection who remind us of the future we desire together.

Stephanie Stebich, the Margaret and Terry Stent Director, shares her thoughts on artworks by women in the collection.

“Due to the cancelation and postponement of exhibitions, the pandemic made space for moments without the pressure of loo...
03/06/2021
Making the Most: In the Studio with Linda Lopez

“Due to the cancelation and postponement of exhibitions, the pandemic made space for moments without the pressure of looming deadlines. This time has given me space to reconnect with my studio practice, experiment, and take risks.”
Artist Linda Lopez discusses studio life, family life, changes, challenges, and silver linings as part of “Making the Most,” a series that explores craft practice during the dual pandemics.

Checking in with the artist who creates lively and unexpected sculptures from clay.

“The totality of time lusters the dusk” (2020) is Lauren Fensterstock’s first artwork to explore how weather and celesti...
03/03/2021
Lauren Fensterstock in Focus: Finding Inspiration in the End of the World

“The totality of time lusters the dusk” (2020) is Lauren Fensterstock’s first artwork to explore how weather and celestial activity have been used as metaphor, an especially potent idea in our current age of extreme weather and changing climate amid a devastating global pandemic.
Although this new direction came before the appearance of the 2019 coronavirus, the foreboding and destabilizing beauty of Fensterstock’s work takes on additional meaning in a reality where the myth of certainty has been exposed as fallible.

#WomensHistoryMonth #BecauseOfHerStory

New artwork explores how weather and celestial activity have been used as metaphor

Lalo Alcaraz‘s powerful portrait “I Stand with Emma” follows a tradition of Chicanx activist print posters while also em...
02/26/2021
Chicanx Graphic Arts in Focus: I Stand with Emma

Lalo Alcaraz‘s powerful portrait “I Stand with Emma” follows a tradition of Chicanx activist print posters while also embracing a new digital landscape.

Want to delve deeper into this artwork? Find out how Alcaraz honors a new generation of activists “guiding us towards to a better tomorrow” in the first episode of a new video series exploring remarkable artworks in SAAM‘s collection.

Lalo Alcaraz’s digital poster of Emma González echoes a long tradition of activist posters dating back to political rebellions of the 1960s

Since 1975, photographer Dawoud Bey has developed a body of work distinguished for its commitment to portraiture. “For N...
02/23/2021
Dawoud Bey Photographs in Focus: Underground Railroad Sites

Since 1975, photographer Dawoud Bey has developed a body of work distinguished for its commitment to portraiture. “For Night Coming Tenderly Black,” Bey turned to the vast historical subject of the Underground Railroad. The title refers to Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes’s Dream Variations, whose final refrain is “Night coming tenderly/Black like me.”

The photographs were made around Cleveland and Hudson, Ohio, and show homes and patches of land rumored to have been final way stations of the network of routes and safe houses that aided enslaved African Americans on their path to freedom.

Dawoud Bey’s metaphorical photographs of Underground Railroad sites in Ohio turn scenes of darkness into symbols of hope

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