Gallery Openings and Events Workshops and Classes

February 2020 at Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery

Courtesy of Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Art Talks and Activities
Chinese New Year Family Celebration
Saturday, February 1, 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Chinese Embassy. Help ring in the Year of the Rat with a variety of performances and activities. Enjoy Chinese ribbon dancing, acrobatic yo-yo performances, and an interactive magic show. Artists from the city of Shenzhen demonstrate ink finger-printing, wood printing, and how to make hands-on shadow puppets and dough figurines. Check out calligraphy demonstrations by the Confucius Institute at George Washington University, and Chinese paper cuts and good luck envelopes with the Confucius Institute at George Mason University. Go on an art scavenger hunt, create your own New Year craft, and enjoy delicious treats available for purchase at the Courtyard Café. Let’s “awaken the lion” and celebrate the New Year!
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard
Tickets: Free
Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/chinese-new-year-family-celebration-february-1-2020

See Me at SAAM
Wednesday, February 5, 2 p.m.
In an effort to make SAAM’s collection accessible to all, See Me at SAAM is 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, Kogod Courtyard
Tickets: Free; Registration required by email at access@si.edu or call (202) 633-2921
Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/see-me-saam-february-5-2020

Conversation Pieces
Wednesday, February 5, 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-february-5-2020

African American Artists Highlight Tour
Saturday, February 8, 10:30 a.m.
Celebrate Black History Month at SAAM with a special before hours tour of works on display by African American artists. This tour features paintings, sculptures, and mixed media works from the nineteenth century to today by artists including Edmonia Lewis, William H. Johnson, Alma Thomas, Theaster Gates, and more. Space is limited to 30 attendees.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum; meet in the F Street Lobby
Tickets: Free; Registration required
Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/african-american-artists-highlights-tour-february-8-2020

Art Appreciation Workshop – African American Artists in SAAM’s Collection
Saturday, February 8, 3 p.m.
Dive into the mind of an artist! Join artist and scholar Allan deSouza for a workshop designed to enhance your skills, looking, analyzing, and appreciating art. This program focuses on works by African American artists in SAAM’s collection in celebration of Black History Month.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, MacMillan Education Center
Tickets: Free; Registration required
Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/art-appreciation-workshop-african-american-artists-saams-collection-february-8-2020

Panel Discussion – A Closer Look at African American Artists in SAAM’s Collection
Saturday, February 8, 6 p.m.
SAAM is home to one of the largest collections of work made by African American artists in the world. Join artist and scholar Allan deSouza, art adviser Schwanda Rountree, and DC-based art collectors Mel and Juanita Hardy for a panel discussion highlighting important works by African American artists from our collection.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Tickets: Free; Registration required
Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/panel-discussion-closer-look-african-american-artists-saams-collection-february-8-2020

Valentine’s Day Handi-hour Pop-up
Friday, February 14, 5-7 p.m.
Celebrate friendship, love, and fun at our annual Valentine’s Day Handi-hour pop-up in SAAM’s dazzling Kogod Courtyard. Paper, scissors, stickers, glue, and more are provided for you to make the perfect sweet or snarky valentine. While you craft your heart out at this free event, drink specials and snacks are available for purchase from the Courtyard Café.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard
Tickets: Free; Registration recommended. Registration will open on January 24.
Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/valentines-day-handi-hour-pop-february-14-2020

Obata Teen Arts Workshop
Saturday, February 15, 1-3 p.m.
In this hands-on workshop, learn about teacher and modernist artist Chiura Obata, who, as a Japanese American, played an important role in creating a cross-cultural dialogue despite widespread prejudice against Asian Americans. During World War II, Obata and more than one hundred thousand West Coast Japanese Americans were forced into incarceration camps. After touring the exhibition Chiura Obata: American Modern, participate in activities that examine how these experiences changed Obata’s art and connect to the struggles and dreams of America’s minority and immigrant communities today. Presented in partnership with the Asian Pacific American Center. Ages 12 – 16.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, MacMillan Education Center
Tickets: Free; Registration required
Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/obata-teen-arts-workshop-february-15-2020

Hearts of Our People Land Acknowledgement and Welcome
Friday, February 21, 10 a.m.
Join us on the steps of the Renwick Gallery when Gabrielle Tayac, a member of the Piscataway Nation, opens the Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists exhibition with words that honor the lands, ancestors, and living beings that we are part of in this Piscataway world.
Location: Renwick Gallery; Meet in Lobby
Tickets: Free
Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/hearts-our-people-land-acknowledgement-and-welcome-february-21-2020

Curator Gallery Talk: Hearts of Our People
Friday, February 21, 12 p.m.
Explore the Renwick Gallery’s latest exhibition Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists with curators Jill Ahlberg Yohe, associate curator of Native American Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Teri Greeves, an independent curator and member of the Kiowa Nation. Learn more about the artists, the artworks that are on display, and discuss the collaborative curatorial process Yohe and Greeves championed for this groundbreaking exhibition.
Location: Renwick Gallery, meet in Lobby
Tickets: Free
Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/curator-gallery-talk-hearts-our-people-february-21-2020

Art Bites Gallery Talks: John Mix Stanley’s Buffalo Hunt on the Southwestern Prairies
Friday, February 28, 12:15 p.m.
Take a lunch break and join SAAM’s research fellows and curators as they share their new discoveries about artworks from the collection. In this installment, Predoctoral Fellow Christine Renee Garnier discusses John Mix Stanley’s painting Hunt on the Southwestern Prairies (1845).
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum; meet in the G Street Lobby
Tickets: Free
Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/art-bites-gallery-talks-christine-renee-garnier-february-28-2020

Ongoing Programs
Sketching: Draw & Discover
Tuesday, February 4, 11, 18, 25, 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, February 7, 14, 21, 28, 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, February 13, 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 16, 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, February 9, 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/america-insight-verbal-description-tours-february-9-2020

America InSight: Verbal Description Tour at the Renwick Gallery
Sunday, February 23, 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-february-23-2020