May 2019 Programs at Smithsonian American Art Museum

By Editorial Team on April 29, 2019
Courtesy of Smithsonian American Art Museum.smithson

Art Talks and Activities

  • See Me at SAAM
    Wednesday, May 1, 2 p.m.
    See Me at SAAM is an interactive program designed to improve the well-being of individuals with dementia and their care partners by experiencing and discussing art in a small group.
    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-may-1-2019
  • James Dicke Contemporary Artist Lecture with Tiffany Chung
    Thursday, May 2, 6 p.m.
    International artist Tiffany Chung’s work explores conflict and migration in the wake of political and natural upheavals, as seen in SAAM’s exhibition Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past is Prologue. Explore the galleries beforehand then listen to Chung as she discusses her thought-provoking works at SAAM’s seventh annual James Dicke Contemporary Artist Lecture.
    Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
    Tickets: Free
    Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/james-dicke-contemporary-artist-lecture-tiffany-chung-may-2-2019
  • Double Take: One Artwork Two Viewpoints
    Thursday, May 9, 6 p.m.
    Inspired by the exhibition Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past Is Prologue, SAAM presents a discussion about the lasting impact of the Vietnam War on Southeast Asian Americans. Sarah Newman, SAAM’s James Dicke Curator of Contemporary Art, and Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, curator and historian at the Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center lead the discussion.
    Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet in the G Street Lobby
    Tickets: Fee
    Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/double-take-one-artwork-two-viewpoints-may-9-2019
  • Conservation Gallery Talk: Frame of Mind
    Friday, May 10, 1 p.m.
    Reframe your thoughts with SAAM’s frames conservator Martin Kotler, as he reveals the secrets behind housing unconventional graphic art. From mats and backing boards to hardware and frames, Kotler explains the details that go into presenting SAAM’s treasures.
    Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet in the G Street Lobby
    Tickets: Free
    Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/conservation-gallery-talk-frame-mind-may-10-2019
  • SAAM Fellows Lectures
    Wednesday, May 22, Thursday, May 23, and Friday, May 24; 1:30 – 5 p.m.
    Join SAAM’s 2018–2019 research fellows as they present new scholarship on a range of topics, time periods, media and messages. Come hear the next generation of scholars as they push the boundaries of the field and help us understand the importance of art through new eyes.
    Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
    Tickets: Free
    Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/saam-fellows-lectures-may-24-2019
  • Returns, Refugees, and Refusal: Art, War Memory, and the Politics of Representation with Viêt Lê
    Thursday, May 23, 6 p.m.
    Join critically acclaimed artist and writer Viêt Lê as he responds to SAAM’s exhibition Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past Is Prologue. Lê speaks about themes of representation and memory which inform his perspective on contemporary art and the legacy of the Vietnam War.
    Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
    Tickets: Free
    Event Links: https://americanart.si.edu/events/returns-refugees-and-refusal-art-war-memory-and-politics-representation-viet-le-may-23-2019
  • Beyond the Studio: The Barbershop Project
    Saturday, May 25, 1 p.m.
    Local activist poet Micah Powell presents a workshop on using art to spark community action and change our world for the better. Powell has been an influential voice in community building all over the country, having worked with politicians, religious organizations, governments, and communities to empower everyday people. Draw inspiration from his colorful combinations of words, monologues about civil rights leaders, and passionate pleas for peace, then write and perform poetry and brainstorm ways to empower your own community. This program is presented in collaboration with Cultural DC.
    Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center (third floor)
    Tickets: Free
    Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/beyond-studio-workshop-barbershop-project-may-25-2019
  • Conversation Pieces
    Wednesday, May 29, 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 greater discovery.
    Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet in the G Street Lobby
    Tickets: Free
    Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/conversation-pieces-may-29-2019
  • Art Bites Gallery Talks: J.V. Decemvirale
    Friday, May 31, 12:15 p.m.
    Take a lunch break and join SAAM’s research fellows as they share their discoveries about artworks from the collection. For this installment, research fellow J.V. Decemvirale discusses Frank Romero’s Death of Rubén Salazar (1986). Come learn the stories behind this artwork and find out what it tells us about America’s ever-changing culture.
    Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet in G Street Lobby
    Tickets: Free
    Event Links: https://americanart.si.edu/events/art-bites-gallery-talk-may-31-2019

Music, Performances & Film

  • Luce Unplugged: Backbeat Underground
    Thursday, May 2, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
    Luce Unplugged showcases up and coming local bands surrounded by beautiful artworks in the Luce Foundation Center. In this installment, Backbeat Underground delivers energetic improvised funk with soul and jazz influences. Libations and snacks are available for purchase at the on-site bar.
    Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center (third floor)
    Tickets: Free
    Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/luce-unplugged-backbeat-underground-may-2-2019
  • Film Screening: In the Year of the Pig
    Friday, May 10, 7 p.m.
    Presented in conjunction with SAAM’s exhibition Artists Respond: American Art and The Vietnam War, 1965-1975, this groundbreaking documentary conveys the long history of colonial involvement in Vietnam. Assembled from archival footage, interviews, and historical images, this Oscar-nominated film examines the war’s historical roots and America’s escalating involvement in this divisive conflict. An introduction and discussion by film and art historian Erica Levin precedes the screening. Not Rated (1968; 103 mins).
    Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
    Tickets: Free
    Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/movies-saam-year-pig-may-10-2019

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 (third floor)
    Tickets: Free
    Event Link: https://americanart.si.edu/events/sketching-draw-and-discover
  • Conservation Conversation: Preserving SAAM’s Collection
    Wednesday, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; 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: https://americanart.si.edu/events/lunder-conservation-center-programs
  • Art Signs: Gallery Talks in American Sign Language (ASL)
    Sunday, May 9, 5:30 p.m.
    Join us for lively gallery conversations in American Sign Language led by Deaf gallery guides. For more information, email CohrsG@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, May 12, 1:30 p.m. and Thursday, May 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: https://americanart.si.edu/events/verbal-description-tours?location=1558