April 2022 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery

By Editorial Team on April 4, 2022
Courtesy of Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery.

Virtual American Art Programs April 2022

Enjoy American Art programs from the safety of home. Please note that all programs are offered exclusively online with no in-person option. Registration is required via Eventbrite.

James Dicke Contemporary Artist Prize Virtual Lecture with Tala Madani
Thursday, April 7, 7 p.m. ET

Join artist Tala Madani for a virtual conversation about how her work explores questions of authority, gender, and representation. Madani, winner of SAAM’s James Dicke Contemporary Artist Prize in 2020, has been recognized for charting a new direction for figurative painting with work that is both revealing and enigmatic. Her paintings and animations respond to the contemporary world with humor, absurdity, and raw honesty. Learn more about Madani’s process, influence, and creative evolution in this virtual program.

Location: Online
Tickets: Free | Registration Required via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/james-dicke-contemporary-artist-prize-virtual-lecture-with-tala-madani-tickets-265468542557?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

Art & Me Virtual Preservation Family Workshop: Cherry Blossoms in Bloom
Saturday, April 9, 2022, 10-10:45 a.m. ET

Celebrate spring and DC’s beloved cherry blossoms with a festive virtual family workshop. The delicate sakura, or cherry blossoms, have been depicted in landscapes, figure paintings, and prints for centuries. Learn how Smithsonian art conservators preserve these beautiful yet fragile artworks. Then get creative and make your own cherry blossom–inspired artwork.

This hands-on preservation workshop is designed for children ages three to eight and their caretakers. The program is co-hosted by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art. This program is presented in partnership with the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Register now! One registration per family. A Zoom link and a list of suggested materials will be sent to registered participants 24–48 hours in advance of the workshop.

Location: Online
Tickets: Free | Registration Required via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-me-preservation-family-conservation-cherry-blossoms-in-bloom-tickets-265468743157?aff=SAAM

Charles C. Eldredge Prize Virtual Lecture with Cherise Smith
Thursday, April 14, 5:30 p.m. ET

Join art historian Cherise Smith for a virtual conversation about the work and impact of artist Michael Ray Charles, whose paintings sample images of American minstrelsy from consumer culture. Through discussion of this artist’s provocative paintings, learn how art has the power to engage critically with the painful history of racism in the United States. Smith is the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in African American Studies and a professor in the African and African Diaspora Studies and Art and Art History departments at the University of Texas at Austin. She was the 2021 recipient of SAAM’s Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art for her book, Michael Ray Charles: A Retrospective.

Location: Online
Tickets: Free | Registration Required via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/charles-c-eldredge-prize-virtual-lecture-with-cherise-smith-tickets-266034695937?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

Art Signs Online: Artful Conversations in ASL
Thursday, April 14, 5:30 p.m. ET

Curious about American art? Join us for a 30-minute virtual conversation about selected works from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection. This program is presented in American Sign Language (ASL) with voice interpretation for hearing participants. A Zoom link will be provided via email upon registration.

Location: Online
Tickets: Free | Registration Required via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-signs-online-artful-conversations-in-asl-tickets-266906704137?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

Luce Unplugged Podcast Release: Luce Listening Party with Hometown Sounds and Broke Royals
Friday, April 22

Luce Unplugged has gone digital! SAAM’s Luce Foundation Center has teamed up with Paul Vodra and Anthony Porecco of local music podcast Hometown Sounds to feature music and conversations from DC artists. Broke Royals have been praised for their smart songwriting and killer pop-rock hooks. In this episode, they discuss their latest album, a collaboration with producer and Luce Listening Party alum Bartees Strange.

Listen to this episode and subscribe to the Hometown Sounds podcast now!

SAAM is celebrating ten years of Luce Unplugged and our local music community! Check out our anniversary page and enjoy performance recordings, interviews, and special content highlighting the amazing local musicians who have performed in the museum’s Luce Foundation Center as part of this popular concert series.

Location: Online
Tickets: Free | Registration Not Required
Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/podcast-release-luce-listening-party-hometown-sounds-and-broke-royals-april-22-2022