June 2022 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery

By Editorial Team on June 6, 2022
Courtesy of Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery.

In-Person Pride Family Day
Saturday, June 4, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. ET

Celebrate Pride with your chosen family at SAAM! Join us outside the museum on the F Street plaza and march to the beat of DC’s Different Drummers. Enjoy a dance party with DJ Rosie followed by a kid-friendly drag show featuring some of DC’s finest drag performers, including Ruth Allen Ginsburg, Desiree, Emerald Star, and Molasses. Take your creativity to go with step-by-step Pride crafts. Choose from Pride flag-inspired jewelry (ages 8+), a multi-colored weaving (ages 5+), or a cloud and rainbow streamer craft (ages 3+). When you’re ready to cool off, head inside the museum with a scavenger hunt for all ages. Throughout the month continue the fun online by visiting our Pride Family Zone webpage for coloring pages and craft instructions.

Please note that this in-person program is weather-permitting. Craft kits are one per child, while supplies last. Registration does not guarantee a craft kit.

Location: F Street Plaza, Washington, DC
Tickets: Free | Registration Required via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-person-pride-family-day-registration-341938385917?aff=Pride2022ThirdParty

Fifty Women Sculptors: A Virtual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Thursday, June 9, 1-3:30 p.m. ET

Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the American Women’s History Initiative to enhance the presence of sculptors and women in Wikipedia. As one of the web’s most visited reference sites, Wikipedia serves as a starting point for many individuals looking to learn about art, history, and the lives of artists. Yet many artists whose important works are displayed in museum and galleries around the world have incomplete Wikipedia artists or no article.

Sculptors are even less represented than painters in Wikipedia, increasing the likelihood of women sculptors being excluded. This problem can be corrected. Since Wikipedia is an openly editable resource, it means that we all can help improve the quality and accuracy of Wikipedia entries.

During this training, attendees of all experience levels will learn the basics of how to edit Wikipedia by creating or updating articles related to the history of fifty women sculptural artists in the United States. No Wikipedia editing experience is necessary; training will be provided. No background in art history is required.

Location: Online
Tickets: Free | Registration Required via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fifty-women-sculptors-a-wikipedia-edit-a-thon-tickets-342403767887

Virtual Art & Me Preservation Family Workshop: Bugging Out
Saturday, June 11, 10-10:45 a.m. ET

Moth, beetles, termites, oh my! Learn how bugs can be used to make artwork from examples in the Smithsonian’s collections in this virtual family workshop. Also, discover the ways conservators prevent bugs from munching on precious works of art. Then, identify different types of bugs as you paint your own creepy crawlers.

This hands-on, art-making preservation workshop is designed for children ages three to eight and their caretakers. The program is cohosted by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art.

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 advances of the workshop.

Location: Online
Tickets: Free | Registration Required via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-me-preservation-family-workshop-bugging-out-tickets-265468743157?aff=FacebookEvent

Virtual Renwick 50th Studio Tour with Preston Singletary
Thursday, June 16, 7 p.m. ET

Join Preston Singletary, one of the artists featured in This Present Moment: Crafting A Better World, for a behind-the-scenes look at his studio. See how he uses designs from his Tlingit cultural heritage to transform the notion that Native artists are best only when traditional materials are used. In this program, Singletary will take the audience on a tour through his studio space, answering questions about his work and practice as he goes, giving them a unique glimpse behind the scenes into his working space and process.

Location: Online
Tickets: Free | Registration Required via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-studio-tour-with-artist-preston-singletary-tickets-340129294877?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.