Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery July 2018 Calendar

By Editorial Team on July 2, 2018
Courtesy of Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery.
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July 2018 Events
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Program location (either Smithsonian American Art Museum at 8th & F Streets NW or Renwick Gallery at Pennsylvania Ave at 17th Street NW) is noted with each program.

  • Programs are free and open to the public unless ticket information is noted.
  • Press inquiries (only) may be directed to Taylor Dorn at (202) 633-8523 or DornT@si.edu
  • Public inquiries should be directed to (202) 633-8490 or AmericanArtPrograms@si.edu
  • Website for all programs: americanart.si.edu/calendar

Art Talks and Activities:

Diane Arbus Curator Gallery Talk
Wednesday, July 11, 5:30 p.m.
Join John Jacob, the McEvoy Family Curator for Photography, as he guides visitors through Diane Arbus: A box of ten photographs. Spanning from 1962 to 1970, Arbus’s final portfolio includes some of her most iconic works. Jacob discusses how these photographs illustrate the impact of Arbus’s career on photography.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet in F Street Lobby
Tickets: Free
Event link: https://s.si.edu/2LKIf52

No Spectators Walking Tour
Thursday, July 12, 5:30 p.m.
Explore the Golden Triangle neighborhood and discover the outdoor sculptures featured in No Spectators: Beyond the Renwick , the outdoor extension of the Renwick Gallery’s exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man. Nora Atkinson, the Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, leads the tour, offering a unique perspective on the artworks.
Location: Meet at Renwick Gallery Entrance, Pennsylvania Avenue
Tickets: Free
Event link: https://s.si.edu/2H0U1Ve

Baseball Family Day
Saturday, July 14, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Can’t get enough peanuts or Cracker Jack? Then join us for our family day celebrating all things baseball! Create your own baseball card, make a pennant for your favorite team, and dance around the courtyard to the music of our nation’s favorite pastime. Popcorn and baseball park-themed snacks available for purchase from the Courtyard Café.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum; Kogod Courtyard
Tickets: Free
Event link: https://s.si.edu/2J1vp0r

The Jewelry of Burning Man
Wednesday, July 18, 6 p.m.
Grab a seat inside the Temple of No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, and listen to Karen Christians, co-author of The Jewelry of Burning Man, as she discusses the importance of jewelry as part of Burning Man’s culture. Seating opens at 5:30 p.m.
Location: Renwick Gallery, Rubenstein Grand Salon
Tickets: Free
Event link: https://s.si.edu/2spLJkl

Morning at the Museum
Saturday, July 21, 10-11 a.m.
Morning at the Museum is a sensory friendly program for families of children with disabilities. The program includes early entrance into the museum, facilitated activities, and a Take a Break Space.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet in G Street Lobby
Tickets: Free; registration required. Email Ashley Grady at access@si.edu.
Event link: https://s.si.edu/2H34TSq

SAAM Arcade
Sunday, July 22, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
SAAM is turning into an arcade! Test out 15 new indie games, get to know the developers, and play more than 100 video games. This museum takeover includes classic arcade games, vintage consoles, game building workshops, and more! Enjoy snacks, soda, and beer from the Courtyard Cafe.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard
Tickets: Free
Event link: https://s.si.edu/2L9NiuK

Happy Birthday, Nam June Paik!
Sunday, July 22, 4 p.m.
Enjoy a free cupcake and celebrate the birthday of legendary media artist Nam June Paik in conjunction with SAAM Arcade! Artist Saya Woolfalk presents a lecture about re-imaging the world in multiple dimensions using science fiction and fantasy.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Tickets: Free
Event link: https://s.si.edu/2H25mVb

Conversation Pieces
Wednesday July 25, 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 close looking.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum; Meet in G Street Lobby
Tickets: Free
Event link: https://s.si.edu/2xpuBkH

Beyond the Studio: Cherie Lester
Sunday, July 29, 1-3 p.m.
Hear from art-world professionals, and sharpen your own creative skills with a hands-on activity related to the speaker’s own expertise. Join teaching artist, Cherie Lester, for an afternoon of collage-making! Hear about her experience as a DC-based multi-disciplinary artist and receive instruction on how to create your own work.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Tickets: Must be purchased online beforehand beginning June 29
Event link: https://s.si.edu/2skqZeD

Ongoing Programs:

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. Repeats every Tuesday.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center Information Desk, Third-floor Mezzanine
Tickets: Free
Event Link: http://s.si.edu/2GmrL0t

Lunder Conservation Center Tour
Wednesdays, 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 Center, third floor
Tickets: Free
Event Link: http://s.si.edu/2p92AqZ

Art Signs: Gallery Talk in American Sign Language (ASL)
Thursday, July 12, 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 15, 1 p.m.
Join us for a lively 30 minute gallery conversation about selected artworks. This program is presented in American Sign Language by deaf gallery guides with voice interpretation for hearing visitors. For more information, email wilsoncl@si.edu.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet in the F Street Lobby
Tickets: Free
Event Link: http://s.si.edu/2Iovag6

America InSight: Verbal Description Tours
Sunday, July 8, 1:30 p.m. and Thursday, July 19, 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 Lobby
Tickets: Free
Event Link: http://s.si.edu/2GpnHwy

Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery is located at 8th and F streets NW.