March 2021 at Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery

By Editorial Team on March 1, 2021
Image credits:
Conservation team cleaning Luis Jiménez’s Vaquero. Photo by Laura Hoffman
Christi Belcourt (Michif), The Wisdom of the Universe, 2014, acrylic on canvas, Collection Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Purchased with funds donated by Greg Latremoille, 2014, 2014/6. © Christi Belcourt
Skeleton of the Mastodon, excavated 1801–2 by Charles Willson Peale, bone, wood, and papier mâché, approx. 118 × 177 × 65 in., Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt, Germany, Photo: Ariel O’Connor
Art & Me online family workshop. Photo by Gloria Kenyon

Virtual Women Filmmakers Festival: Lessons from Environmental Histories with Cecilia Vicuña
Wednesday, March 3, 5:30 p.m. ET

Join renowned Chilean American artist Cecilia Vicuña for a virtual conversation about her work that explores the deep histories, coastal traditions, and the ecology of her homeland of Chile. Enjoy two short video artworks, Seed Song (2015) and Un nudo vivo/ A Living Knot (2017), featuring artistic rituals for healing human-environment relations.

Vicuña is joined in conversation by Amalia Cordova, Latino curator for digital and emerging media at the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and Saisha Grayson, time-based media curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Vicuña’s film Kon Kon (2010) is also available for viewing on the Virtual Women Filmmakers Festival webpage from Monday, March 1, to Sunday, March 7. Questions and comments submitted by viewers about the film will be discussed during this virtual program.

This program is made possible by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her Story, and is co-presented with the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

Location: Online
Tickets: Free | Registration Required via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-filmmakers-festival-tickets-137497509753?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

Virtual Women Filmmakers Festival: Lessons from Activist Histories with Coco Fusco
Wednesday, March 10, 5:30 p.m. ET

Join award-winning artist and writer Coco Fusco for a virtual conversation about her work that examines the complex relationships between art, politics, and identity since the 1990s. Watch a screening of Fusco’s 2004 a/k/a Mrs. George Gilbert, which explores the role of photography in the FBI’s hunt for and trial of Black Power activist Angela Davis.

Fusco is joined in conversation by Rhea Combs, curator of film and photography at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Saisha Grayson, time-based media curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Learn more about how government surveillance impacts activists in the era of camera phones and facial recognition technologies.

Fusco’s film La botella al mar de María Elena (2015) is also available for viewing on the Virtual Women Filmmakers Festival webpage from Monday, March 8, to Sunday, March 14. Questions and comments submitted by viewers about the film will be discussed during this virtual program.

This program is made possible by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her Story, and is co-presented with the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Location: Online
Tickets: Free | Registration Required via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-filmmakers-festival-tickets-137497509753?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

Art Signs Online: Artful Conversations in ASL
Thursday, March 11, 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. This program is presented in American Sign Language (ASL) with voice interpretation for participants who are deaf or partially deaf. Zoom link to be 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-139940841825?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

Virtual Women Filmmakers Festival: Lessons from Pandemic Histories with Mariam Ghani
Wednesday, March 17, 5:30 p.m. ET

Join internationally exhibited artist, filmmaker, and writer Mariam Ghani for a virtual conversation about two of her upcoming projects developed around the 100th anniversary of the 1918 pandemic. Watch clips from the film DIS-EASE, which examines themes of illness, otherness, and invasion. Then enjoy the short The Fire Next Time. This film traces the connection between epidemics and social upheaval from the 1800s to the present.

Ghani is joined in conversation by Saisha Grayson, time-based media curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Sabrina Sholts, the eruptions curator of biological anthropology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Learn more about Ghani’s films, Sholts’s 2018 exhibit Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World, and how past health crises inform how we navigate COVID-19’s impact on our individual lives and societal landscapes.

Ghani’s documentary What We Left Unfinished (2019) is also available for viewing on the Virtual Women Filmmakers Virtual Festival webpage from Monday, March 15, to Sunday, March 22. Questions and comments submitted by viewers about this film will be discussed during this virtual program.

This program is made possible by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her Story, and is co-presented with the National Museum of Natural History.

Location: Online
Tickets: Free | Registration Required via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-filmmakers-festival-tickets-137497509753?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

Virtual Cherry Blossom Celebration
Saturday, March 20, 10 a.m. ET

Celebrate the start of spring and the National Cherry Blossom Festival with the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Join us for a virtual program full of springtime fun for the whole family. Enjoy a lively performance of traditional Japanese Taiko drumming by the group Nen Daiko. Then learn more as the group demonstrates how they plan their performances and design their own instruments. Explore art, nature, and color with SAAM‘s docents in the new virtual edition of our popular Art Cart series. For more activities, check out our Family Zone for seasonal crafts, coloring pages, videos, and more!

This program is presented in partnership with the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Location: Online
Tickets: Free | Registration Required via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-cherry-blossom-celebration-tickets-137811669413?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

¡Printing the Revolution! Virtual Conversation Series: The Legacy of Printmaking
Thursday, March 25, 6:30 p.m. ET

Chicanx artists and print centers have welcomed, nurtured, and collaborated with non Chicanx artists from the early civil rights era to today, creating a long legacy of influence and support across communities. Join us for a virtual conversation that explores the impact of this legacy and unites artists who are integral members of the Chicanx print movement. Panelists include Jos Sances, a San Francisco–based artist and master printer, who co-founded Mission Gráfica in 1980, founded Alliance Graphics in 1989, and is a founding member of the performance group The Great Tortilla Conspiracy; and Pepe Coronado, founder of the Coronado Print Studio and a founding member of the Dominican York Proyecto GRAFICA, a collective of Dominican American artists devoted to printmaking and the exploration of Dominican diasporic history and culture. This virtual conversation is moderated by Tatiana Reinoza, specialist in Latinx printmaking and assistant professor of art history at the University of Notre Dame. Reinoza is also a contributor to the ¡Printing the Revolution! catalogue.

This program is the third in a five-part online conversation series that examines Chicanx Graphics and how artists have used printmaking to debate larger social causes, reflect on issues of their time, and build community. Hear from artists, scholars, and activists about the Chicanx graphics movement, from civil rights–era prints to today’s digital landscape.

Location: Online
Tickets: Free | Registration Required via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/printing-the-revolution-virtual-conversation-series-tickets-131957296827?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

Podcast Release: Luce Listening Party with Lightmare
Friday, March 26, All Day

Luce Unplugged has gone digital! Tune in for a podcast episode featuring the soulpunk arrangements of Lightmare in conversation with Paul Vodra and Anthony Porreco of Hometown Sounds. Lightmare’s ability to blend the punchy, the political, and the personal into powerful, danceable music has quickly made them a staple of the DC music scene.

Listen to this episode on the Hometown Sounds podcast now!

Location: Online
Tickets: Free | No Registration Required
Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/podcast-release-luce-listening-party-lightmare-march-26-2021

Art & Me Preservation Family Workshop: Celebrating Cherry Blossoms
Saturday, March 27, 10–10:45 a.m. ET

Celebrate the arrival of spring and the beloved cherry blossoms with a festive virtual family workshop. Discover how Smithsonian conservators preserve beautiful artworks, from paintings to Japanese tea bowls. Then try your hand at making your own cherry blossom–inspired creation. This hands-on virtual artmaking and 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.

Location: Online
Tickets: Free | Registration Required via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-me-preservation-family-workshop-celebrating-cherry-blossoms-registration-137860461351?aff=ebdsoporgprofile