November 2018 Programs Smithsonian American Art Museum

By Editorial Team on October 30, 2018
Courtesy of Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Art Talks and Activities

  • Conservation Gallery Talk: Ceramics Collection Connections
    Friday, November 2, Noon
    Join objects conservator Gregory Bailey in the Luce Foundation Center to learn more about the recent conservation of extraordinary sixteenth-century Italian majolica ceramics. Bailey discusses how contemporary ceramic artists continue to adapt and respond to traditional materials and techniques.
    Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in the G Street Lobby
    Tickets: Free
    Event Link: https://s.si.edu/2QG9xLm
  • Double Take: One Artwork Two Viewpoints
    Tuesday, November 6, 6:00 p.m.
    In conjunction with SAAM’s exhibition Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor, SAAM curator of folk and self-taught art Leslie Umberger and Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage curator Diana N’Diaye discuss the significance that clothing and personal adornment play in Traylor’s work and in African American history and culture.
    Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet at G Street Lobby
    Tickets: Free
    Event Link: https://s.si.edu/2CCIcXC
  • Clarice Smith Distinguished Lecture Series: Roberta Smith
    Wednesday, November 7, 6:30 p.m.
    Join Roberta Smith, co-chief art critic of The New York Times, for a lecture exploring art and art criticism in our contemporary culture. Smith surveys her career and discusses how criticism is reactive, exploring how it has been constantly changing in step with art over the last 46 years. She focuses specifically on the growing visibility of art by women, people of color, self- taught artists, and the increased interest in craft.
    Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
    Tickets: Free; Tickets available in the Kogod Courtyard beginning at 6:00 pm.
    Event Link: https://s.si.edu/2Af9TDk
  • Disrupting Craft: Renwick Invitational 2018 Open House and Gallery Talk
    Friday, November 9, 10:00 a.m.
    Be one of the first people to see the Renwick Gallery’s exciting new exhibition Disrupting Craft: Renwick Invitational 2018 and get to meet the artists themselves! Disrupting Craft presents the work of four American craft artists who share a fascination with cultural identity, community, and change. Listen to artists Sharif Bey, Stephanie Syjuco, and Dustin Farnsworth discuss their artworks in the galleries, then join Abraham Thomas, the Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator-In-Charge, for a gallery tour as he explores these socially engaging pieces.
    Location: The Renwick Gallery, 1st Floor
    Tickets: Free
    Event Link: https://s.si.edu/2QWd8Fm
  • Art Bites Gallery Talk
    Friday, November 16, 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 Alison Boyd discusses Horace Pippin’s Old Black Joe (1943). 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 Link: https://s.si.edu/2yHGsrr
  • Conversation Pieces
    Wednesday, November 28, 6:00 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/2P0Ndij
  • Artist Talk with Photographer Chris Buck
    Wednesday, November 28, 7:00 p.m.
    Join photographer Chris Buck as he talks about his thirty years in photography, starting with his early years in Canada and his magazine and advertising career in New York. Buck is known for his distinctive portraits and his surprising, comical approach to photography. His famous subjects include Hollywood A-list celebrities and four presidents. He also pursues odd and delightful side projects like “Chris Buck’s Chris Bucks,” which features portraits of people who share his full name.
    Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
    Tickets: Free; Pre-registration encouraged
    Event link: https://s.si.edu/2AdEu4n

Music/Film

  • Luce Unplugged: Jenna Camille
    Thursday, November 1, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
    Explore some of the three thousand artworks in SAAM’s Luce Center while listening to up-and-coming local producer, songwriter, vocalist, pianist, drummer, and writer, Jenna Camille. Jenna’s music blends electronic, jazz, blues, rock, R&B, and hip-hop elements. A conversation with the artist will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the performance commencing at 6:00 p.m. Libations and snacks available for purchase from an on-site bar.
    Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd floor
    Tickets: Free
    Event Link: https://s.si.edu/2n0eiT7
  • Movies at SAAM: Score
    Monday, November 5, 7:00 p.m.
    Join SAAM for the DC premiere of the documentary Score. This film brings Hollywood’s premier composers together for a look inside the musical challenges and creative secrecy of the world’s most widely known music genre, the film score. A post-film discussion lead by director Matt Schrader and producer Robert Kraft follows the screening.
    Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
    Tickets: Free
    Event Link: https://s.si.edu/2v6NGVa
  • Take 5! Nicole Saphos
    Thursday, November 15, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
    Relax and “Take 5!” with a free, live performance from jazz bassist and singer-songwriter Nicole Saphos in the stunning Kogod Courtyard. Stop by the Courtyard Café for refreshments, and for added fun borrow a board game to play during the concert.
    Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard
    Tickets: Free
    Event link: https://s.si.edu/2LFC7P3

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, 3rd Floor
    Tickets: Free
    Event Link: https://s.si.edu/2yy7mSS
  • Art Signs: Gallery Talks in American Sign Language (ASL)
    Thursday, November 8, 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 at F Street Lobby
    Tickets: Free
    Event Link: https://s.si.edu/2PAsWNC
  • America InSight: Verbal Description Tour
    Sunday, November 11, 1:30 p.m. and Thursday, November 15, 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
  • Conservation Conversation
    Wednesday, November 14 and November 28, 3:00 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