April 2023 Programs at Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery

By East City Art Editorial Team on April 10, 2023
Courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum; photo by Mary Tait.

In-Person Art Signs: Artful Conversations in ASL
Thursday, Apr. 13, 5:30-6 p.m. ET
Curious about American art? Join us for a 30-minute in-person 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 hearing participants.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum; meet in the F Street Lobby
Tickets: Free | Registration required via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-person-art-signs-artful-conversations-in-asl-tickets-580896536177

Virtual Converse with a Conservator: Preserving Works on Paper
Wednesday, Apr. 19, 5:30-6:15 p.m. ET
Join SAAM Paper Conservator Kate Maynor in conversation with Smithsonian Libraries and Archives Senior Conservator Nora Lockshin, as they offer insight into the principles and practices of preserving artworks and artifacts on paper, and answer questions from the audience. Registration is required and opens in March; space is limited. A Zoom link will be sent to registered participants 24-48 hours in advance of the program.

Location: Online
Tickets: Free | Registration required via Eventbrite; tickets available in March.
Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/virtual-converse-conservator-preserving-works-paper-april-19-2023

In-Person Take 5! With Simone Baron
Thursday, Apr. 20, 5 p.m. ET
Praised as “egoless, genre-agnostic, and without expectations,” Arco Belo is a group of high-energy improvisers dedicated to redefining the concert form. Led by pianist, accordionist, and composer Simone Baron, this GenreFluid ensemble captures an irreverent sound melding reeds, strings, and percussive timbres. The band presents new, adventurous compositions, reimagining a sound at the intersection of avant-garde chamber music, creative jazz, Brazilian music, and Jewish diaspora music. Having toured the West coast and Southeast to critical acclaim, Arco Belo has won support from South Arts and Chamber Museum America. Their debut album, The Space Between Disguises was an editor’s pick in Downbeat and JazzTimes magazine. Registration will open in April.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum; Kogod Courtyard
Tickets: Free | Registration encouraged; tickets available beginning in April.
Event link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/person-take-5-simone-baron-april-20-2023

In-Person Art Bites Gallery Talk
Friday, Apr. 28, 12:15-1 p.m. ET
Join SAAM’s research fellows for this lunchtime series of gallery talks as they share new discoveries about artworks on view. Learn the stories behind these objects and how each one tells us about America’s ever-changing culture. Manon Gaudet, Terra Foundation Predoctoral Fellow in American Art, discusses George Catlin’s Wi-jún-jon, Pigeon’s Egg Head (The Light) Going To and Returning From Washington (1837-1839).

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum; meet in the G Street Lobby
Tickets: Free

Please Note COVID-19 Guidelines for In-Person Events:

The Smithsonian no longer requires visitors to wear a mask to visit its museums and the National Zoo. Visitors are encouraged 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.

About the Smithsonian American Art Museum
The Smithsonian American Art Museum is home to one of the most significant and inclusive collections of American art in the world. Its artworks reveal America’s rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today. The museum’s main building is located at Eighth and G streets N.W., above the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail station. Its Renwick Gallery, a branch museum dedicated to contemporary craft and decorative arts, is located on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W. Admission is free. Follow the museum on TwitterYouTubeInstagram, and Facebook. Museum information (recorded): (202) 633-7970. Smithsonian information: (202) 633-1000. Website: americanart.si.edu.