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Aug
22
Wed
Gallery Talk with John Jacob
Aug 22 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Categories: After Five,Gallery Talks & Tours
Venue: American Art Museum
Event Location: Meet in G Street Lobby
Cost: Free
Related Exhibition: Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

Join John Jacob, the McEvoy Family Curator for Photography, as he guides visitors through Paglen’s complex works. Examining themes of landscape and surveillance, Jacob will discuss the importance of Paglen’s images of the unseen.

Aug
23
Thu
Conservation Gallery Talk: Spotlight on Holzer
Aug 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours,Lectures & Discussions
Venue: American Art Museum
Event Location: G Street Lobby
Cost: Free; Walk-In 
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

After a yearlong conservation and re-fabrication project, Jenny Holzer’s site-specific sculpture, For SAAM, is once again illuminating the museum’s Lincoln Gallery with over 61,000 white LEDs. Media Conservator Dan Finn discusses this brilliant artwork, the technology that powers it, and the conservation issues addressed by the new installation.

Aug
24
Fri
Art Bites Gallery Talk: Michaela Rife on Ernest Lawson’s “Gold Mining, Cripple Creek”
Aug 24 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm

Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours
Venue: American Art Museum
Event Location: Meet in the G Street Lobby

Take a lunch break and join SAAM’s research fellows on the fourth Friday of each month as they share their discoveries about artworks from the collection. Learn the stories behind these works of art and find out what they can tell us about America’s ever-changing culture.

Image: Ernest Lawson, Gold Mining, Cripple Creek, 1929, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Henry Ward Ranger through the National Academy of Design

Aug
25
Sat
Summer in the City Family Day
Aug 25 @ 11:30 am – 3:00 pm

Categories: Kids & Families
Venue: American Art Museum
Event Location: 1st Floor; Kogod Courtyard
Cost: Free
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

Escape the heat and still play in the sun! Come and enjoy all your favorite summertime games, a museum scavenger hunt, and crafts. If you are looking for something more low-key, put on a lei and listen to relaxing island music. Enjoy refreshing summer treats from the Courtyard Café.

Sep
5
Wed
See Me at SAAM
Sep 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours
Venue: American Art Museum
Event Location: Meet in Kogod Courtyard
Cost: Free

See Me at the Smithsonian American Art Museum is an interactive program to improve the well-being of individuals with dementia and their care partners by experiencing and discussing art in a small group. Join us as we explore two or three works of art during a 90-minute, in-gallery dialogue.  Space is limited and registration is required at access@si.edu or 202.633.2921.

Sep
7
Fri
Conservation Gallery Talk: A Dog Swap Spotlight
Sep 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours,Lectures & Discussions
Venue: American Art Museum
Event Location: Meet in the G Street Lobby
Cost: Free

Discover the fascinating changes that paintings conservator Gwen Manthey uncovered while treating Richard Norris Brooke’s A Dog Swap (1881), and learn how these changes affect the appearance of the painting today.

Museum Career Day
Sep 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Categories: Workshops
Venue: American Art Museum
Event Location: McEvoy Auditorium
Cost: Free

DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE ARE POSITIONS AVAILABLE IN MUSEUMS FOR INDIVIDUALS FROM ALL ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES AND DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS?

Please join us for an afternoon of exploration of internships and museum careers. A brief presentation and panel discussion by staff members from key museum areas will provide an introduction to the field and insight into each person’s background and career path.

Following this presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to chat individually with representatives from all the museum’s departments. Detailed information on each area will be available; you can also learn more about the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Internship and Fellowship opportunities.

Behind-the-Scenes Museum tours will also be available to participants.

To register for this free event go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/saam-museum-career-day-tickets-48891257066
For further information, contact: AmericanArtInternships@si.edu

Image credit: Unidentified artist, Eye, ca. 1900, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Henry D. Hill 

Sep
9
Sun
America InSight: Verbal Description Tours
Sep 9 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours
Venue: American Art Museum
Event Location: Meet in the F Street Lobby
Cost: Free

Join a docent-led tour designed for visitors who are blind or have low vision. Discover highlights of the collection through rich verbal description and sensory experience.

Sep
12
Wed
Clarice Smith Distinguished Lecture Series: Helen Molesworth
Sep 12 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Categories: After Five,Lectures & Discussions
Venue: American Art Museum
Event Location: McEvoy Auditorium
Webcast: https://americanart.si.edu/videos/clarice-smith-distinguished-lecture-series-scholar-helen-molesworth-153381
Cost: Free; tickets available in the Kogod Courtyard beginning at 6 p.m.
Accessibility: ASL-interpreted program,Assisted listening devices,Wheelchair accessible

Join Helen Molesworth, former chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, for a lecture exploring the work of sculptor Ruth Asawa.

Lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. Free tickets in the Kogod Courtyard at 6 p.m.

The Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art highlight excellence and innovation in American art through evenings with an outstanding artist, critic, and scholar. These lectures are a forum for discussing the creative experience and what American art is today.

This annual series is made possible by the generosity of Clarice Smith.

Sep
13
Thu
Handi-hour
Sep 13 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Categories: After Five,Demonstrations,Workshops
Co-sponsor: Renwick Gallery
Venue: Renwick Gallery
Event Location: Rubenstein Grand Salon
Cost: $25; tickets available on August 27 at 10 a.m. Ticket price includes two beers, souvenir glass, crafting supplies, live music, and light snacks. Must be 21 or older to purchase tickets and present valid ID at the door for entry.

DC’s first crafting happy hour throws back to the ’70s with macrame. Learn knotting and fiber techniques to make a wall hanging, bracelet, or pot hanger. Enjoy beers from Denizens and live music by Emma G while you work. Tickets are $25 and available beginning August 27. Ticket price includes two beers, souvenir glass, crafting supplies, live music, and light snacks. Must be 21 or older to purchase tickets and present valid ID at the door for entry.

Luce Unplugged: Rob Stokes
Sep 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Categories: After Five,Performances
Venue: American Art Museum
Event Location: Luce Foundation Center, Third Floor
Cost: FREE | Walk-in
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

Explore some of the three thousand artworks in SAAM’s Luce Center while listening to up-and-coming local bands.

Rob Stokes and his ensemble drown their heartache in hazy, lo-fi melodies.

Libations and snacks available for purchase from an on-site bar.
Presented in collaboration with DC Music Download.

Talk at 5:30 p.m. | Music at 6 p.m.

Photo by Kevin Wilson

Sep
14
Fri
Radical Inclusion and Tales from the Playa: Talks on Art, Inspiration, and the History of Burning Man
Sep 14 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Categories: Lectures & Discussions,Webcasts & Online
Venue: American Art Museum
Event Location: Symposium in McEvoy Auditorium and Reception in Kogod Courtyard
Webcast: https://americanart.si.edu/videos/radical-inclusion-and-tales-playa-session-1-153382
Cost: Free
Related Exhibition: No Spectators: the Art of Burning Man

Join SAAM, five of the original founders of Burning Man, artists from No Spectators: the Art of Burning Man, and other Burners for a day of storytelling, short films, and discussions about the history of the event and the important role of art in its culture. Full schedule of speakers and artists at AmericanArt.si.edu/playa. 

Please note the location of this program at SAAM, 8th and G streets, NW. 

10 a.m.- Welcome by Stephanie Stebich, The Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery
10:30 a.m.- Introduction by Nora Atkinson, Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, Renwick Gallery
10:45 a.m.- Burning Man Founder, Crimson Rose
11:15 p.m.- Burning Man Founder, Michael Mikel
12 p.m.- Storytelling with DaveX
12:15 p.m.- Short Film: Homage to Larry Harvey, Burning Man Founder

12:30- Lunch Break (on your own)

2 p.m.- Conversation with Burning Man Founder, Will Roger Peterson and Megan Miller
2:30 p.m.- Storytelling with JR “Nexus”
2:45 p.m.- Artist panel with Kate Raudenbush, Caroline “Mills” Miller, Bree Hylkema, moderated by Kim Cook
3:50 p.m.- Q&A
 
4:15 p.m.- Break

4:30 p.m.- Neil Shister on the future of Burning Man 
5:00 p.m.- Neil Shister in conversation with Burning Man Founders Marian Goodell and Harley K. Dubois
5:45-6 p.m.- Q&A
 
The Smithsonian Women’s Committee Endowment provided generous funding for the symposium.   
                   

Photo Credit: Kate Raudenbush, Future’s Past, 2010. Photo © Kate Raudenbush

Sep
16
Sun
Art Signs: Gallery Talks in American Sign Language (ASL)
Sep 16 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours
Venue: American Art Museum
Event Location: Meet in the F Street Lobby
Cost: Free
Accessibility: ASL-interpreted program

Join us for lively gallery conversations in American Sign Language led by Deaf gallery guides. For more information, email CohrsG@si.edu.

Sep
20
Thu
America InSight: Verbal Description Tours
Sep 20 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours
Venue: American Art Museum
Event Location: Meet in the F Street Lobby
Cost: Free

Join a docent-led tour designed for visitors who are blind or have low vision. Discover highlights of the collection through rich verbal description and sensory experience.

Sep
22
Sat
Technology Family Day
Sep 22 @ 11:30 am – 3:00 pm

Categories: Kids & Families,Performances
Venue: American Art Museum
Event Location: 1st floor – Kogod Courtyard
Cost: Free

Discover how technology and art intersect and influence our lives. Explore the Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen exhibition and then join us in the courtyard to learn binary code to create jewelry, see how game developers use pixels to create pictures, and hear music that turns electronic sounds into fun beats.