January 2021 Public Programs at Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery

By Editorial Team on January 12, 2021
Courtesy of Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery.

Art Signs Online: An Artful Conversation in ASL
Thursday, January 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, presented in American Sign Language (ASL) with voice interpretation for participants who are deaf or partially deaf.
Location: Online
Tickets: Free; Registration required via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-signs-online-an-artful-conversation-in-asl-tickets-131351908093

¡Printing the Revolution! Virtual Conversation Series: Cross-Generational Mentorship and Influence
Thursday, January 21, 6:30 p.m. ET
Chicanx artistic exchanges and mentorships across generations grow out of an ongoing and mutual commitment to empower marginalized communities and support global liberation struggles. This cross-generational panel features artists included in ¡Printing the Revolution! who have worked in the Bay Area together using their artwork as a vehicle for international solidarity and social change.

Participants include Juan Fuentes, a renowned printmaker, and activist, who was the former executive director of Mission Gráfica at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (SF), one of the major print centers dedicated to transnational artistic exchange; and Dignidad Rebelde (Jesus Barraza and Melanie Cervantes), an artistic collective based in Oakland, California. Their artwork highlights support for Indigenous rights, Palestinian solidarity, and the Black Lives Matter movement. The panel will be moderated by Terezita Romo, an art historian, curator, and writer who contributed to the ¡Printing the Revolution! catalogue.
Location: Online
Tickets: Free; Registration required via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/printing-the-revolution-virtual-conversation-series-tickets-131957296827

Art & Me Preservation Family Workshop: Put in Print
Saturday, January 23, 2021, 10–10:45 a.m. ET
The art doctor is in! From Chicanx graphics to Japanese prints, explore how Smithsonian conservators preserve colorful artworks on paper in this engaging online workshop. Then create your own colorful print and a protective folder, so your artwork stays safe. This hands-on artmaking preservation workshop is designed for children ages three to eight and their caretakers. This program is part of a yearlong series cohosted by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art.

A Zoom link and suggested material list will be sent to registered participants 24–48 hours in advance of the workshop.
Location: Online
Tickets: Free; Registration required via Eventbrite; One registration per family.
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-me-preservation-family-workshop-put-in-print-registration-132323764943

Renwick Invitational 2020 Virtual Artist Conversation with Debora Moore
Thursday, January 28, 7 p.m. ET
Discover the beauty and wonder of the natural world through the spectacular glass sculptures by artist Debora Moore featured in the exhibition Forces of Nature: Renwick Invitational 2020. Join Moore and Stefano Catalani, exhibition juror and executive director of the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, for an engaging online conversation about Moore’s creative process and work featured in Forces of Nature. Learn more about Moore’s history as a trailblazer in the glass field, and why experiencing nature is key to her development as an artist.

The Smithsonian Women’s Committee Endowment provided generous funding for Forces of Nature: Renwick Invitational 2020 public programs.
Location: Online
Tickets: Free; Registration required via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/renwick-invitational-2020-virtual-artist-conversation-with-debora-moore-tickets-131467732527

Podcast Release: Luce Listening Party with Domingues and Kane
Friday, January 29
Luce Unplugged has gone digital! Tune in for a podcast episode featuring classically trained cellist and viola da gamba player Amy Domingues and multi-instrumentalist and composer Dennis Kane in conversation with Paul Vodra of Hometown Sounds. As a musical duo, Domingues and Kane blend string instrumental traditions with an indie aesthetic to create a sound all their own.

Listen to this series on Hometown Sounds now!

Location: Online
Tickets: Free; No registration required
Event Link: https://hometownsoundsdc.com