November 2021 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery

By Editorial Team on November 1, 2021
Courtesy of Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery.

Virtual Artist Talk with Debora Czeresko: Exploring Venetian Glass, Then and Now
Thursday, November 4, 7 p.m. ET

Discover how nineteenth-century Venetian glass blowing techniques are used today to create innovative contemporary artwork. Join Deborah Czeresko, one of the featured artists in New Glass Now, on view at SAAM’s Renwick Gallery, for an exciting virtual conversation with Mary Savig, the Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft at SAAM’s Renwick Gallery. A focus of their discussion will be Czeresko’s iconic Meat Chandelier and how the methods of glassblowing she employs have developed over centuries. This program also highlights artworks from Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano, currently on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s main building.

Location: Online
Tickets: Free | Registration Required via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-artist-talk-with-deborah-czeresko-venetian-glass-then-and-now-tickets-187690807257?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

Virtual Double Take: Edson’s Flag Honoring Native Veterans
Wednesday, November 10, 1 p.m. ET

In honor of Native American Heritage Month and Veterans Day, join three experts from across the Smithsonian for a virtual conversation about the artwork Edson’s Flag, a large wall tapestry by Marie Watt (Seneca). This artwork was created to honor veterans and specifically Watt’s great-uncle Edison Plummer, who served in the Air Force during World War II. The work explores ideas of service, sacrifice, memory, and tradition.

Nora Atkinson, the Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator-in-Charge at SAAM’s Renwick Gallery, is joined by Alexandra Harris, senior editor at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and Rebecca Trautmann, curator at the National Museum of the American Indian, for this engaging virtual program.

This program is part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Double Take series. Widen your perspective on American art as Smithsonian specialists from different disciplines team up to talk about artworks from SAAM’s collection. This popular series features experts from an array of fields—from anthropology and geology, to aeronautics and history—and shows how art can connect to just about anything.

Location: Online
Tickets: Free | Registration Required via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-double-take-edsons-flag-honoring-native-veterans-tickets-187785640907

Clarice Smith Virtual Lecture with Richard Powell
Wednesday, November 17, 6:30 p.m. ET

Discover the magnificent Scandinavian landscapes and other European-based paintings created by celebrated Harlem Renaissance painter William H. Johnson. Take a deep dive into this often overlooked and misunderstood period in Johnson’s life and work with leading scholar Richard Powell. By comparing these paintings with Johnson’s well-known artworks of African Americans, Powell introduces a new understanding of the artist’s enthusiasm for his expressive and rapturous subject matter. This virtual lecture examines the breadth and radical inventiveness of this singular artist’s work and pays particular attention to Johnson’s interpretations of international Expressionism in painting, and to ideas discussed by philosopher Alain Locke on a post–Harlem Renaissance racial “Reformation.”

Richard Powell is the John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art & Art History at Duke University, where he has taught since 1989. Along with teaching courses in American art, the arts of the African Diaspora, and contemporary visual studies, Powell has curated nationally touring exhibitions and written extensively on topics ranging from primitivism to postmodernism. Powell wrote the catalogue that accompanied SAAM’s nationally touring exhibition Homecoming: The Art and Life of William H. Johnson (1991). He is the author of Black Art: A Cultural History (1997, 2002, & 2021), Cutting a Figure: Fashioning Black Portraiture (2008), and Going There: Black Visual Satire (2020).

This program is part of our annual Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art series, which presents new insights into American art from the perspectives of outstanding artists, critics, and scholars. The series is made possible by the generosity of Clarice Smith.

Location: Online
Tickets: Free | Registration Required via Eventbrite
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clarice-smith-virtual-lecture-with-richard-powell-tickets-165336189995?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

About the Smithsonian American Art Museum
The Smithsonian American Art Museum is home to one of the most significant and inclusive collections of American art in the world. Its artworks reveal America’s rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today. The museum’s main building is located at Eighth and G streets N.W., above the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail station, and is open 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Its Renwick Gallery, a branch museum dedicated to contemporary craft and decorative arts, is located on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W. and is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday Admission is free. Follow the museum on Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook. Museum information (recorded): (202) 633-7970. Smithsonian information: (202) 633-1000. Website: americanart.si.edu.