Gallery Openings and Events

November and December 2020 Virtual American Art Programs at Smithsonian American Art Museum

Courtesy of Smithsonian American Art Museum.

November 2020 Virtual Programs

Art & Me Preservation Family Workshop: Unlocking Secrets of the Past
Tuesday, November 17, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. ET
Make no bones about it—the art doctor is in! Learn how Smithsonian conservators preserve ancient objects made from bone in this engaging online workshop. From a large skeleton of a mastodon to small oracle bones from ancient China, unlock the secrets of the past through close looking and investigation. Then try your hand at carving techniques by making your own soap and model clay figures.

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.

Register now; a Zoom link and suggested material list will be sent to registered participants 24–48 hours in advance of the workshop. Please note this workshop is offered on Tuesday, November 17 at 11:30 a.m. ET, and on Saturday, November 21 at 11 a.m. ET—select only one time and one registration per family.

Location: Online
Tickets: Free; Tickets available via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-me-preservation-family-workshop-unlocking-secrets-of-the-past-registration-123349931967

Handi-hour Online
Tuesday, November 17, 7 p.m. ET
The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s popular crafting happy hour is back and online! Join us for a live crafting workshop using upcycled craft materials you are likely have at home. Learn how to make a tea light holder out of a glass jar and tissue paper followed by a decorative wreath made from cardboard and yarn. Register now and receive a full list of materials needed to make each craft.

Location: Online
Tickets: Free; Tickets available via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/handi-hour-online-tickets-124151914719

Double Take Online: Native Artists Creating during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Wednesday, November 18, 1 p.m. ET
Join three experts from across the Smithsonian as they come together to look at protective masks made by Native artists during the COVID-19 pandemic. Anya Montiel, curator of American and Native American Women’s Art and Craft at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, is joined by Alexandra M. Lord, curator and chair in Division of Medicine and Science at the National Museum of American History, and Cécile R. Ganteaume, curator at the National Museum of the American Indian, for this engaging virtual discussion. Learn more about the medical history of masks and their use as well as the impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous communities in the United States.

This program is part of SAAM’s Double Take series. Widen your perspective on American art as Smithsonian specialists from different disciplines team up to talk about artworks from SAAM’s collection. This popular series features experts from an array of fields—from anthropology and geology, to aeronautics and history—and shows how art can connect to just about anything.

Location: Online
Tickets: Free; Tickets available via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/double-take-online-native-artists-creating-during-the-covid-19-pandemic-tickets-124293225383

¡Printing the Revolution! Virtual Exhibition Preview
Thursday, November 19, 7 p.m. ET
Celebrate the opening of the landmark exhibition ¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now, which unites historic civil rights era prints alongside works by contemporary graphic artists for the first time.

Join artists Juan Fuentes, Ester Hernandez, and Zeke Peña for a moderated online conversation about the social justice roots of their work and the importance of Chicanx graphics in American visual culture. Preview this groundbreaking exhibition before it opens to the public and learn more about the importance of building SAAM’s Chicanx graphics collection with notable collectors Gil Cárdenas, Ricardo and Harriett Romo, Rosa Terrazas, and Tomás Ybarra-Frausto who saw their collecting as a form of activism, and exhibition curator and acting chief curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum E. Carmen Ramos.

The artists featured in ¡Printing the Revolution! use vibrant posters and prints, installations, and augmented reality to address larger social causes that reflect the political climate of their time, including the civil rights, labor, anti-war, feminist, LGBTQ+ rights, and Black Lives Matter movements. The exhibition offers an expanded view of American art and the history of graphic arts, featuring previously marginalized voices from Chicano art, including women and LGBTQ+ individuals. ¡Printing the Revolution! considers how artists have used and continue to use the medium to engage the public, address social justice concerns, and wrestle with shifting notions of the term Chicano.

This program will be presented with closed captioning in both English and Spanish.

Order a special prix fixe meal with contactless delivery from our friends at Taco Bamba. Chefs Victor Albisu, Faiz Ally, & Greg Lucero have collaborated on a three-course menu ($70+) that celebrates Latinx culture and the Chicanx Arts. Available to registrants within the Capital Beltway only. Supplies limited, meals must be ordered before Monday, November 16, 7 pm. More information to follow after registration.

Location: Online
Tickets: Free; Tickets available via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/printing-the-revolution-virtual-exhibition-preview-tickets-127369318059

Clarice Smith Virtual Lecture Series: Bisa Butler
Friday, November 20, 6:30 p.m. ET
Explore the past, present, and future with fiber artist Bisa Butler as she discusses how familial, educational, and societal influences inspired her to blend the line between art and craft. Butler is known for creating monumental quilted portraits of Black life and cultural identity with striking originality that share multilayered historical meanings and stories. Learn more about how Butler’s matrilineal sewing legacy, patrilineal Ghanaian roots, and the AfriCOBRA art movement resonate in her inventive quilting technique. Butler also shares how the current Black Lives Matter cry for racial justice and COVID-19 have influenced her work as she looks to creating in the future.

This program is part of SAAM’s annual Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art series, which presents new insights in American art from the perspectives of outstanding artists, critics, and scholars. The series is made possible by the generosity of Clarice Smith.

Location: Online
Tickets: Free; Tickets available via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clarice-smith-virtual-lecture-series-bisa-butler-tickets-121405959493

Art & Me Preservation Family Workshop: Unlocking Secrets of the Past
Saturday, November 21, 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. ET
Make no bones about it—the art doctor is in! Learn how Smithsonian conservators preserve ancient objects made from bone in this engaging online workshop. From a large skeleton of a mastodon to small oracle bones from ancient China, unlock the secrets of the past through close looking and investigation. Then try your hand at carving techniques by making your own soap and model clay figures.

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.

Register now; a Zoom link and suggested material list will be sent to registered participants 24–48 hours in advance of the workshop. Please note this workshop is offered on Tuesday, November 17 at 11:30 a.m. ET, and on Saturday, November 21 at 11 a.m. ET—select only one time and one registration per family.

Location: Online
Tickets: Free; Tickets available via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-me-preservation-family-workshop-unlocking-secrets-of-the-past-registration-123350640085

December 2020 Virtual Programs

Converse with a Conservator Online: Folk & Self-Taught Art
Wednesday, December 2, 5:30–6:15 p.m. ET
Join Objects Conservator Leah Bright for a lively conversation on the unique conservation challenges behind preserving the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection of folk and self-taught art. Often composed of unconventional materials like plastic, tin foil, glitter, and bottle caps, the collection requires a nuanced conservation approach. Discover compelling stories behind the works, including James Hampton’s The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations’ Millennium General Assembly , SAAM’s remarkable quilt collection, and Simon Sparrow’s glittery Assemblage with Found Objects.

Location: Online
Tickets: Free; Tickets available via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/converse-with-a-conservator-folk-self-taught-art-registration-124305971507

Renwick Invitational 2020 Virtual Conversation: Artist Rowland Ricketts and Curator Emily Zilber
Tuesday, December 8, 6 p.m. ET
Learn more about art and process in a lively online conversation with Forces of Nature: Renwick Invitational 2020 artist Rowland Ricketts and exhibition guest curator Emily Zilber. Discover how Ricketts’s farm-to-studio artistic practice uses natural dyes and historical techniques to create contemporary textiles and immersive site-specific installations. This program is presented in partnership with the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum.

Location: Online
Tickets: Free; Tickets available via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/renwick-invitational-2020-conversation-rowland-ricketts-and-emily-zilber-tickets-124164177397

Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon: Chicanx Art and Artists Edition
Friday, December 11, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. ET
Join us for a virtual Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon that helps to highlight more artists and stories like those featured in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s landmark exhibition ¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now. The exhibition brings together five decades of innovative printmaking by Chicano artists to explore the social justice-rooted artistic tradition and its contemporary legacy. Many of the featured artists came of age during the civil rights era and channeled the period’s social activism into assertive aesthetic statements that announced a new political and cultural consciousness among people of Mexican descent in the United States. Learn how to edit and create new Wikipedia articles in this online editing workshop and work to amplify and expand on articles about Chicanx women and LGBTQ+ artists. All levels of technological proficiency welcome.

Location: Online
Tickets: Free; Tickets available via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wikipedia-edit-a-thon-chicanx-art-and-artists-edition-tickets-125354040309