July 2022 at Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery

By East City Art Editorial Team on June 27, 2022
Credit: SAAM Arcade, photo by Bruce Guthrie.

In-Person Lunder Conservation Center Behind the Scenes
Friday, July 8, 12 p.m. ET

Did you know there are over 500 (591 to be exact) plastic objects in SAAM’s collection? Artworks with beach balls, electric plugs, synthetic fabrics, baby dolls, and even full-size car tires are just a few examples of objects that need serious attention and care to ensure their preservation. Join conservator Sarah Montonchaikul in the Lunder Conservation Center to learn about what an unusual medium plastic is, and how our conservators work to preserve them, as well as other works of art. Space is limited, registration is required. Tickets available starting June 30.

Location: Meet in the G Street Lobby
Tickets: Free | Registration Required via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-person-behind-the-scenes-conservation-center-tour-tickets-342010892787?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

In-Person Handi-hour
Thursday, July 21, 5.30-8 p.m. ET

Summer is in full swing both outdoors and inside the Renwick Gallery at Handi-hour! Cool off with craft cider options from ANXO Cidery while you create a custom planter out of air-dry clay. Find inspiration for your piece by exploring the full building and the 50th anniversary exhibition, This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World. Tickets ($20) include two drinks, crafting supplies, and light snacks. Must be 21 years or older to attended and must present a valid ID at the door.

Please note that space is limited for this program and registration is required. Tickets available starting July 7.

Location: Renwick Gallery, 2nd Floor: Rubenstein Grand Salon
Tickets: $20 | Registration required via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-person-handi-hour-tickets-342022728187?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

In-Person SAAM Arcade
Saturday, July 30, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. ET

SAAM Arcade returns to the Kogod Courtyard for a day full of new games from indie developer, classic arcade games, and more! Join us as we celebrate Color, Line, and Form and the ways these essential art elements show up in video games and interactives. Eight independent developers will show their games in the Indie Developer Showcase alongside arcade and console games from MAGFest. A special scavenger hunt that connects video games and SAAM’s collections will be available at the information table.

For our virtual audience, we’re pleased to be hosting our second game jam! To learn about last year’s game jam and to get updates about this year’s arcade program, please visit americanart.si.edu/arcade.

SAAM Arcade is sponsored by Events DC. Media sponsorship provided by Washington City Paper.

Location: Kogod Courtyard | Game Jam: Online at americanart.itch.io
Tickets: Free | Registration Required via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-person-saam-arcade-registration-342138925737?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

Please Note COVID-19 Guidelines for In-Person Events:

As of March 11, the Smithsonian no longer requires visitors to wear a mask to visit its museums and the National Zoo. Visitors may choose to wear a mask during their visit or while participating in a program or event. Social distancing continues to be encouraged and we ask people who do not feel well to stay home. Updated information about COVID-19 guidelines and safety measures is online at si.edu/visit.

The Smithsonian reserves the right to modify its hours of operation, capacity, and visitor guidelines as circumstances require. The museum may deny entry or access to any person who fails to follow these guidelines or whose conduct puts Smithsonian staff, visitors, or property at risk.

About the Smithsonian American Art Museum
The Smithsonian American Art Museum is home to one of the most significant and inclusive collections of American art in the world. Its artworks reveal America’s rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today. The museum’s main building is located at Eighth and G streets N.W., above the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail station. Its Renwick Gallery, a branch museum dedicated to contemporary craft and decorative arts, is located on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W. Admission is free. Follow the museum on TwitterYouTubeInstagram, and Facebook. Museum information (recorded): (202) 633-7970. Smithsonian information: (202) 633-1000. Website: americanart.si.edu.