September 2019 at Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery

By Editorial Team on September 4, 2019
Courtesy of Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery.

Art Talks and Activities

See Me at SAAM
Wednesday, September 4, 2 p.m.
In an effort to make SAAM’s treasures accessible to all, See Me at SAAM provides an interactive space designed to improve the well-being of individuals with dementia and their care partners. This popular series brings people together to experience and discuss art in a small group setting.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet in the Kogod Courtyard
Tickets: Free; Registration required. Please email access@si.edu or call (202) 633-2921.
Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/see-me-saam-september-4-2019

Conversation Pieces
Wednesday, September 4, 6 p.m.
Want to deepen your understanding and appreciation of contemporary art? Join Joanna Marsh, SAAM’s Deputy Education Chair, Head of Interpretation and Audience Research, for this ongoing series of gallery talks. Marsh uses a single artwork from the museum’s collection to spark conversation and closer examination.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet in the G Street Lobby
Tickets: Free
Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/conversation-pieces-september-4-2019

Clarice Smith Lecture Series- Albert Paley: Selected Works
Wednesday, September 11, 6:30 p.m.
Join artist Albert Paley, one of the most influential metalsmiths in the world, as he discusses his career development and artistic process. Paley began his career as a jewelry designer before transforming his practice to sculpture, creating large-scale metalworks. In 1973, he was awarded the commission to create the gates for the entrance to the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Paley discusses how his artwork focuses on the dialogue between art and architecture within the public arena. Learn how he strives to build a sense of place identity and visual experience with his work.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Tickets: Free; Registration recommended
Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/albert-paley-selected-works-september-11-2019

Artist Talk with Michael Sherrill
Thursday, September 12, 6 p.m.
Join artist Michael Sherrill for a discussion about his work, currently on view at the Renwick Gallery in the exhibition Michael Sherrill Retrospective. Listen as Sherrill talks about his artwork, made primarily of clay, metal, and glass, and the development of his clay tool line, MudTools.
Location: Renwick Gallery, Rubenstein Grand Salon
Tickets: Free
Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/artist-talk-michael-sherrill-september-12-2019

Nature Walk with artist Michael Sherrill, Golden Triangle BID, and Smithsonian Gardens
Friday, September 13, noon
Take a stroll through the Renwick Gallery’s Golden Triangle neighborhood with artist Michael Sherrill, horticulturist James Gagliardi from Smithsonian Gardens, and David Suls, senior director of planning and policy at the Golden Triangle BID. This walking tour explores the innovative rain garden landscaping in the neighborhood. Be sure to also check out the exhibition Michael Sherrill Retrospective at the Renwick Gallery to see how Sherrill’s artwork reimagines the natural world in creative new ways.
Location: Renwick Gallery, Meet in front of the Renwick Gallery, Pennsylvania Avenue
Tickets: Free
Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/nature-walk-michael-sherrill-golden-triangle-bid-and-smithsonian-gardens-september-13-2019

Conservation Talk: Press Start
Friday, September 13, 1 p.m.
Explore time-based media art, a field that spans video, film, audio, and computer-based artworks, and learn how SAAM conservation experts protect these works. In this installment, Lunder Conservation Fellow Shu-Wen-Lin discusses the technical challenges in documenting and preserving SAAM’s collection of video games.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet in the G Street Lobby
Tickets: Free
Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/conservation-talk-press-start-september-13-2019

Museum Profession Day
Monday, September 16, 1–6 p.m.
Are you a graduate or undergraduate student interested in becoming a museum professional? The Smithsonian American Art Museum is partnering with the American Alliance of Museums for a free table-top museum career fair. Network with professionals from across the Smithsonian Institution, and other museums in the Mid-Atlantic region, and gain insights about advancing your career.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard
Tickets: Free
Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/museum-profession-day-september-16-2019

Curator Gallery Talk: American Myth & Memory: David Levinthal Photographs
Thursday, September 19, 5:30 p.m.
There’s more to cowboys than rodeos, more to Barbie than pink, and more to baseball than peanuts and crackerjacks. Join Joanna Marsh, curator of American Myth & Memory: David Levinthal Photographs, as she takes a closer look at David Levinthal’s photographs, which explore the cultural prominence of such quintessential American ideals.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet in the G Street Lobby
Tickets: Free
Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/curator-gallery-talk-september-19-2019

Art Bites Gallery Talk: David Levinthal
Friday, September 27, 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. In this installment, research fellow Josie Johnson speak about David Levinthal’s Iwo Jima for the series History.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet in the G Street Lobby
Tickets: Free
Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/art-bites-gallery-talks-josie-johnson-september-27-2019

Music, Performances & Film

Luce Unplugged: The Isabelle De Leon Experience
Thursday, September 5, 5:30–7 p.m.
Luce Unplugged showcases DC’s best local bands surrounded by beautiful artworks in the Luce Foundation Center. In this installment, prolific drummer Isabelle De Leon fills the Luce Foundation Center with jazz, pop, and soul tunes from her vast repertoire. Libations and snacks are available for purchase at the on-site bar. A staff-led discussion about an artwork chosen by the performers starts at 5:30 p.m., with the music beginning at 6 p.m. The program is presented with Hometown Sounds.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center (third floor)
Tickets: Free
Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/luce-unplugged-isabelle-de-leon-experience-september-5-2019

Take 5! The Shook and Russo Quartet
Thursday, September 19, 5 – 7 p.m.
Join the Shook and Russo Quartet featuring Amy Shook (bass), Frank Russo (drums), Pat Shook (tenor sax), and Jonathan Epley (guitar) as they honor the tradition established by jazz masters and perform original material. This performance will feature music from their upcoming album.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard
Tickets: Free
Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/take-5-shook-and-russo-quartet-september-19-2019

Ongoing Programs

Sketching: Draw & Discover
Tuesday, September 3, 10, 17, 24, 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: Free
Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/sketching-draw-and-discover

Conservation Conversation: Preserving SAAM’s Collection
Friday, September 6, 20, 27, 1 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 Center
Tickets: Free
Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/lunder-conservation-center-programs

Art Signs: Gallery Talks in American Sign Language (ASL)
Thursday, September 12, 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 15, 1 p.m.
Join us for lively gallery conversations in American Sign Language led by Deaf gallery guides. Don’t miss a single one, as this popular series examines different treasures from SAAM’s collection for each installment. For more information, contact SAAMAccess@si.edu.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet in the F Street Lobby
Tickets: Free
Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/asl-tours-art-signs

America InSight: Verbal Description Tour
Sunday, September 8, 1:30 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. Touch components for sculptures and model recreations of paintings may be incorporated into the tour. For more information, contact SAAMAccess@si.edu
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet in the F Street Lobby
Tickets: Free
Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/verbal-description-tours?location=1558

America InSight: Verbal Description Tour at the Renwick Gallery
Sunday, September 22, 1:30 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. Touch components for sculptures and model recreations of paintings may be incorporated into the tour. For more information, contact SAAMAccess@si.edu
Location: Renwick Gallery, meet in the Lobby
Tickets: Free
Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/america-insight-verbal-description-tours-september-22-2019