Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art
The Smithsonian American Art Museum established the Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art in 2004 (see announcement) to present new insights in American art from the perspectives of the finest artists, authors, critics, and scholars. This annual series is made possible by the generosity of Clarice Smith. Past speakers have included Peter Schjeldahl, William Christenberry, Roberta Smith, Wanda Corn, Maya Lin, James Rosenquist, William Wiley and Bill Viola.
The Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art are held in the museum’s Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium, located at 8th and G Streets, NW. All lectures begin at 7 p.m. Limited space; tickets required. Pick up free tickets beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the museum’s G Street Lobby.
Can’t make it to the museum? The Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art are all webcast live, so you can watch from afar. Visit the museum’s Webcasts page a few minutes before the lecture begins and click on the speaker’s name so you don’t miss a thing!
Watch Recordings of Past Lectures
- Artist Teresita Fernández, 2013
- Critic Richard Lacayo, 2013
- Scholar Barbara Haskell, 2013
- Scholar Kevin Salatino, 2012
- Critic Adam Gopnik, 2012
- Artist Kerry James Marshall, 2012
- Author Meryle Secrest, 2011
- Artist Elizabeth Peyton, 2011
- Artist Julie Mehretu, 2011
- Scholar Erica Hirshler, 2010
- Artist Sarah Sze, 2010
- Critic Mark Feeney, 2010
2009 Speakers: Artist William Wiley, Critic Dave Hickey, Scholar Linda Nochlin
2008 Speakers: Artist Bill Viola, Scholar John Wilmerding, Critic Michael Kimmelman
2007 Speakers: Artist James Rosenquist, Scholar David Driskell, Critic Benjamin Forgey
2006 Speakers: Artist Maya Lin, Scholar David Park Curry, Critic Jed Perl
2005 Speakers: Artist William Christenberry, Scholar Wanda M. Corn, Critic Roberta Smith
2004 Speakers: Artist Pat Steir, Scholar Alexander Nemerov, Critic Peter Schjeldahl