Art Talks and Activities
- See Me at SAAM
Wednesday, March 6, 2 p.m.
See Me at SAAM is an interactive program designed to improve the well-being of individuals with dementia and their care partners by experiencing and discussing art in a small group.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in the Kogod Courtyard
Tickets: Free; Registration required. Please email email@example.com or call (202) 633-2921.
Event Link: https://s.si.edu/2BDkGYi
- Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon: Feminism and the Arts
Sunday, March 10, 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Think women artists deserve more recognition? This is your chance to correct the historical record! Join SAAM and Art+Feminism and learn how to edit and create new articles about female artists. A special tour of remarkable women artists in SAAM’s collection kicks off the program at 10:30 a.m. All levels of technological proficiency welcome.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, MacMillan Education Center
Tickets: Free; RSVP SAAMPrograms@si.edu
Event Link: https://s.si.edu/2T02Ng2
- Artists Respond: A Symposium
Friday, March 15, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Be the first to see SAAM’s newest exhibition Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965–1975 and enjoy a day of discussions and lectures on topics related to the exhibition. A group of distinguished scholars provide insight into how artists of the Vietnam War era sought to engage with their current moment, the public sphere, and politics. In the afternoon, six artists whose work is featured in the exhibition reflect on their experience of the Vietnam War as creators and, in many cases, as activists.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Tickets: Free; Walk in welcome, but registration recommended.
Event Link: https://s.si.edu/2UZlkqc
Conversation PiecesWednesday, March 20, 6 p.m.Want to deepen your understanding and appreciation of contemporary art? Join Joanna Marsh, senior curator of contemporary interpretation, for this popular ongoing series of gallery talks. Marsh uses a single artwork from the museum’s collection to spark conversation and greater discovery.Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in the G Street LobbyTickets: FreeEvent Link: https://s.si.edu/2X1ZynP
Art Bites Gallery Talks: Chris GreenFriday, March 22, 12:15 p.m.Take a lunch break and join SAAM’s research fellows as they share their new discoveries about artworks from the collection. For this installment, research fellow Chris Green discusses Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith’s State Names (2000). Come learn the stories behind this artwork and find out what it tells us about America’s ever-changing culture.Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in the G Street LobbyTickets: FreeEvent Link: https://s.si.edu/2GrbUk9
Cherry Blossom Family FestivalSaturday, March 23, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.Join SAAM and the National Cherry Blossom Festival for a celebration of Japanese culture. Kick off the day with a taiko drumming performance outside of the museum at the F Street entrance. Enjoy face painting, make cherry blossom crafts, listen to Japanese music, and go on a spring-themed scavenger hunt through the museum’s galleries.Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod CourtyardTickets: FreeEvent Link: https://s.si.edu/2TQ7R40
Gallery Talk with Melissa HoThursday, March 28, 5:30 p.m.Join Melissa Ho, curator of twentieth-century art, as she guides visitors through SAAM’s newest exhibition Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965-1975. Take an in-depth look at the work of artists who struggled to synthesize the turbulent times of the Vietnam War.Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in the G Street LobbyTickets: FreeEvent Link: https://s.si.edu/2X5txew
Conservation Gallery Talk: Craft ConversationFriday, March 29, 1 p.m.Join objects conservator Gregory Bailey as he examines the intersections of craft and museum practice through the work of Disrupting Craft artist Stephanie Syjuco. Syjuco’s large-scale installations address contemporary social and economic issues, including political dissent and the legacy of colonialism.Location: Renwick Gallery, Meet in LobbyTickets: FreeEvent Link: https://s.si.edu/2N9Abf1
Music, Performances & Film
Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts Film ScreeningSaturday, March 2, 3 p.m.Join SAAM for an encore screening of Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts, a film that brings the life of artist Bill Traylor vividly to the silver screen. Traylor, born around 1853 into an enslaved family in rural Alabama, created a large body of drawn and painted work that reflects on a lifetime which bridged centuries and critical American milestones. A Q&A with the filmmaker, Jeffrey Wolf, follows the screening. Presented in conjunction with SAAM’s exhibition Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor. Unrated (90 minutes; 2018)Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy AuditoriumTickets: FreeEvent Link: https://s.si.edu/2Gsp7Jo
Luce Unplugged: Community ShowcaseFriday, March 8, 6 – 8 p.m.Luce Unplugged showcases up and coming local bands surrounded by beautiful artworks in the Luce Foundation Center. In this installment, enjoy the slowly unfolding compositions of Jax Deluca and the brooding melodies of Knife Wife. Free beer tastings (ages 21+) provided by a local craft brewery. Additional beverages and small snacks available for purchase.Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center (third floor)Tickets: FreeEvent Link: https://s.si.edu/2TQYmSb
Take 5! With Shannon GunThursday, March 21, 5 – 7 p.m.Join the Washington City Paper’s “D.C.’s Best Trombonist (2015)” Shannon Gun for a special performance at SAAM. A dedicated local trombonist and composer, Gunn performs every Tuesday at Columbia Station with her band the Firebird Organ Trio. She also leads the all-women jazz orchestra Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes, which has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Goethe Institute, and Bohemian Caverns. Be sure to pick up a board game for added fun during the concert.Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod CourtyardTickets: FreeEvent Link: https://s.si.edu/2SA8li5
Hear Me: Speaking Up in a World in MotionFriday, March 22, 4:45 p.m. (tour), 6 p.m. (performance)American history is filled with stories of migration. What light can a tale of modern-day immigrants shed on artwork exploring the legacy of the Vietnam War? This bilingual (English/Spanish) performance of Óyeme, the Beautiful explores the experience of two teens who have escaped violence in Central America to pursue their dreams in the United States. A tour of SAAM’s new exhibition Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past is Prologue before the performance considers how one contemporary artist draws on her own South Vietnamese experience of the Vietnam War to amplify refugees’ voices today. This program is presented in collaboration with Imagination Stage.Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in the F Street Lobby (tour), McEvoy Auditorium (performance)Tickets: Free; Registration is requiredEvent Link: https://s.si.edu/2X5c31W
The 6821 Quintet Celebrates the Cherry Blossom FestivalMonday, March 25, noonJoin The 6821 Quintet to celebrate spring! By bringing disparate cultures together, this group of international musicians collaborate every year to premiere a new work commissioned for the opening ceremonies of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Brought together by the Ryuji Ueno Foundation and named after the approximate distance between Washington, D.C. and Tokyo, this group consists of musicians Eric Silberger (violin), Shizuka Inoue (violin), Andrew Gonzalez (viola), Clancy Newman (cello), and Ryo Yanagitani (piano).Location: Renwick Gallery, Rubenstein Grand SalonTickets: FreeEvent Link: https://s.si.edu/2TSuWTs
Women Directors Film Festival: Visionaries Then and NowSaturday, March 30, noon – 8 p.m.Join us for an all-day film festival highlighting four visionary works of women film directors across time, space, and creative contexts. Beginning at noon, we focus on early cinematic trailblazers including Alice Guy Blaché, Lois Weber, and more. A conversation with filmmaker and professor Giovanna Chesler follows the screening. Then, stay for a pairing of Trinh T. Minh-ha’s documentary Surname Viet Given Name Nam (1989) and artist Tiffany Chung’s recent video work. The festival concludes with Julie Dash’s beautifully remastered, award-winning feature Daughters of the Dust (1991), followed by a discussion with author and cultural critic Christina Sharpe.Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy AuditoriumTickets: FreeEvent Link: https://s.si.edu/2SSQYIv
Sketching: Draw and Discover!Tuesdays, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.Draw inspiration from artists’ sketches as well as the thousands of objects on display in the Luce Foundation Center, then spend some time sketching in this weekly workshop. Some materials provided; please bring a small sketchbook and pencils.Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center (third floor)Tickets: FreeEvent Link: https://s.si.edu/2DlJ0zL
Conservation Conversation: Preserving SAAM’s CollectionWednesday, March 6, 13, 20, and 27, 3 p.m.Learn how museum conservators preserve SAAM’s artworks in the Lunder Conservation Center. The center has five state-of-the-art laboratories and studios equipped to treat paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, sculptures, folk art objects, contemporary crafts, decorative arts, and frames. Group size is limited.Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Lunder Conservation CenterTickets: FreeEvent Link: http://s.si.edu/2p92AqZ
Art Signs: Gallery Talks in American Sign Language (ASL)Sunday, March 17, 1 p.m.Join us for lively gallery conversations in American Sign Language led by Deaf gallery guides. For more information, email CohrsG@si.edu.Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in the F Street LobbyTickets: FreeEvent Link: http://s.si.edu/2Iovag6
America InSight: Verbal Description TourSunday, March 10, 1:30 p.m. and Thursday, March 21, 3:30 p.m.Join a docent-led tour designed for visitors who are blind or have low vision. Discover highlights of the collection through rich verbal description and sensory experience.Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in the F Street LobbyTickets: FreeEvent Link: http://s.si.edu/2GpnHwy