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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 highlight excellence and innovation in American art through evenings with an outstanding artist, critic, and scholar. This annual series is made possible by the generosity of Clarice Smith.

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2017 Speakers

  • Wednesday, September 13, Scholar, Sylvia Yount
  • Wednesday, October 25, Critic, Sebastian Smee
  • Wednesday, November 15, Artist, Abelardo Morell

Lectures begin at 6:30 p.m.
Free tickets will be distributed the museum’s Kogod Courtyard
Due to limited space, tickets are required.

Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium
Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and G Streets, NW, Washington, DC

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

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