June 2021 Virtual American Art Programs at Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery

By Editorial Team on June 14, 2021
Courtesy of Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery.

Viewfinder Virtual Film Series: Chitra Ganesh on Dreaming and Refusal
Thursday, June 3, 5:30 p.m. ET

Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum for a virtual film screening featuring the work of artistic duo Girl. Made up of the Brooklyn-based artists Chitra Ganesh and Simone Leigh, Girl created the collaborative video My Dreams, My Works Must Wait Till After Hell (7:14 mins., 2011). Set to a haunting score of Japanese flutes and drums, viewers observe the unclothed back of a Black woman. Turned away, the woman’s body represents both vulnerability and a declaration of strength and refusal to be available to desiring or oppressive eyes. After this mesmerizing screening, Ganesh is joined by Saisha Grayson time-based media curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, to discuss how this work asserts and protects the right to the complex, concealed inner lives for women of color and constitutes a queer, feminist response to centuries of the female nude depicted in Western art history.

This program is part of Viewfinder: Women’s Film and Video from the Smithsonian, a monthly virtual film screening and conversation series sponsored by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her Story.

Visit WomensHistory.si.edu for more information about upcoming events in this screening series.

Location: Online
Tickets: Free | Registration Required via Zoom
Event Link: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aOyKnrzZSk-eQA498Dpb9Q

Art Signs Online: Artful Conversations in ASL
Thursday, June 10, 5:30 p.m. ET

Curious about American art? Join us for a 30-minute gallery 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 participants who are deaf or hard of hearing. Zoom link provided via email upon registration.

Location: Online
Tickets: Free | Registration Required via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-signs-online-an-artful-conversation-in-asl-tickets-148374418881?aff=ArtSignsThirdPartyJune10

Beyond the Studio Virtual Workshop: Macramé with Sterling Rhyne
Sunday, June 27, 1–2 p.m. ET

Venture beyond the studio with fiber artist Sterling Rhyne, of Cactus Lady Creation, in a virtual crafting workshop. During this engaging Zoom, learn about fiber art and try your hand at learning the basics of macramé, a form of textile produced using intricate knotting techniques. Please note that space is limited for this program. Tickets include the cost of materials needed for the activity, instructions, and postage. Participants must register by 7p.m. ET on June 6.

Materials kit includes:

  • 10–12” dowel
  • 5mm macramé cord
  • S hooks
  • Small accent features: beads and yarn
  • Soft measuring tape
  • Fiber comb
  • Blunt tapestry needle
  • Basic macramé instructions

Note: Participants will need to provide their own scissors and masking tape.

Location: Online
Tickets: $15 Materials fee | Registration required via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beyond-the-studio-virtual-workshop-with-sterling-rhyne-registration-149792849445