August 2018 Events at Smithsonian American Art Museum

By Editorial Team on July 30, 2018
Courtesy of Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery.

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Art Talks and Activities

  • Do Ho Suh Curator Gallery Talk
    Wednesday, August 1, 5:30 p.m.
    Join Sarah Newman, SAAM’s James Dicke Curator of Contemporary Art, as she guides visitors through the exhibition, Do Ho Suh: Almost Home. Newman leads a discussion on cultural memory and identity with these ethereal representations of the artist’s various homes. Don’t miss your last chance to experience this exhibition before it closes on August 5.
    Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum; Meet in the G Street Lobby
    Tickets: Free
    Event link: https://s.si.edu/2MVd1rv

 

  • Double Take
    Tuesday, August 7, 6 p.m.
    Widen your perspective on SAAM’s collection as two Smithsonian specialists team up to talk about a single artwork. John Jacob, curator of Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen, discusses unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, with National Air and Space curator Roger Connor.
    Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum; Meet in G Street Lobby
    Tickets: Free
    Event link: https://s.si.edu/2u9II8U

 

  • Color-In Creativity Night
    Friday, August 10, 5 – 7 p.m.
    Join us for the Luce Foundation Center’s young professionals coloring night. Peruse the collection cases and color pages based on works in the Luce Center. Snacks and other libations will be available for purchase.
    Location: Luce Foundation Center, Third Floor
    Tickets: Free
    Event link: https://s.si.edu/2MR99ba

 

  • Conservation Gallery Talk: Manship Sculptures
    Friday, August 17, 3 p.m.
    Lunder Conservation Fellow Dorothy Cheng has been uncovering the secrets of the bronze Manship sculptures in SAAM’s collection. Join her as she discusses how her findings will influence the conservation of these works for future generations.
    Location: Luce Foundation Center, Third Floor
    Tickets: Free
    Event link: https://s.si.edu/2KAamGU

 

  • Trevor Paglen Curator Gallery Talk
    Wednesday, August 22, 5:30 p.m.
    Join John Jacob, the McEvoy Family Curator for Photography, as he guides visitors through Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen. Examining themes of landscape and surveillance, Jacob discusses the significance of Paglen’s work in the technological contemporary world.
    Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in the G Street Lobby
    Tickets: Free
    Event link: https://s.si.edu/2IWuk9j

 

  • Conservation Gallery Talk: Spotlight on Holzer
    Wednesday, August 23, noon
    After a yearlong conservation and re-fabrication project, Jenny Holzer’s site-specific sculpture, For SAAM, is once again illuminating the museum’s Lincoln Gallery with over 61,000 white LEDs. Media conservator Dan Finn discusses the artwork, the technology that powers it, and the conservation issues it addresses.
    Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in the G Street Lobby
    Tickets: Free
    Event link: https://s.si.edu/2uc31SX

 

  • Art Bites Gallery Talks
    Friday, August 24, 12:15 p.m.
    Take a lunch break and join SAAM’s research fellows on the fourth Friday of each month as they share their discoveries about the collection. Learn the stories behind these works of art and find out what they can tell us about America’s ever-changing culture.
    Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum; Meet in the G Street Lobby
    Tickets: Free
    Event link: https://s.si.edu/2tZCmcS

 

  • Summer in the City Family Day
    Saturday, August 25, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Beat the heat and still play in the sun! Come and enjoy summertime games, crafts, and scavenger hunts, all while listening to relaxing island music. Treat yourself to refreshing summer snacks available for purchase from the Courtyard Café.
    Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum; Kogod Courtyard
    Tickets: Free
    Event link: https://s.si.edu/2NwSwCO

Music/Film

  • Luce Unplugged: OG Lullabies
    Thursday, August 2, 5:30 p.m.
    Explore some of the three thousand artworks in SAAM’s Luce Foundation Center while listening to up-and-coming local bands. Violinist Taylor Brooke as OG Lullabies combines electro soul and experimental alternative into a fusion of sound. Libations and snacks available for purchase from an on-site bar.
    Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
    Tickets: Free
    Event Link: https://s.si.edu/2zfqSH5

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.
    Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
    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
    Tickets: Free
    Event Link: http://s.si.edu/2p92AqZ

 

  • Art Signs: Gallery Talk in American Sign Language (ASL)
    Thursday, August 9, 5:30 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, August 12, 1:30 p.m. and Thursday, August 16, 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.