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September 15,1999

Five New Pieces Add to the Renwick Gallery's
Burgeoning Collection of Craft

Five works by Sandra Enterline, Craig Nutt, June Schwarcz, Eddie Dominguez and Mark Matthews are new additions to the Renwick Gallery's collection of preeminent craft. Each newly acquired piece confirms the Renwick's dedication to exploring craft's latest aesthetic and functional achievements.

August 6, 1999

Smithsonian's National Museum of American Art and National Portrait Gallery Announce Upcoming Renovation

A major renovation of the Old Patent Office Building in Washington, D.C., historic home of the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of American Art, and centerpiece of the revitalized downtown district, is scheduled to begin in early January 2000 and proceed for approximately three years. The last day for visitors to American Art will be January 3, 2000; the last day at the Portrait Gallery will be January 9, 2000.

August 4, 1999

"Edward Hopper: The Watercolors"
On View October 22, 1999–January 3, 2000

The first major exhibition in forty years of the watercolors of Edward Hopper (1882–1967) will premiere at the National Museum of American Art on October 22, 1999. The exhibition, co-organized with the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, features fifty-six watercolors made between 1923 and the mid-1940s, ranging from early scenes of Gloucester and Cape Cod to works painted on trips to Mexico and Charleston. The watercolors are the body of work that brought Hopper, then in his forties, his first critical and financial success.

July 30, 1999

11th Annual Eldredge Prize Awarded for New Interpretation of 1960s American Art

Dr. Caroline Jones, assistant professor of contemporary art and criticism at Boston University, has been awarded the 1999 Charles C. Eldredge Prize by the National Museum of American Art. She is recognized for her recent book Machine in the Studio: Constructing the Postwar American Artist (University of Chicago Press, 1997), an outstanding example of scholarship which reinterprets the cultural climate of the 1960s American art scene.

July 26, 1999

Over 500 "Treasures to Go" to 70 Museums Nationwide: Museum Visibility Campaign Accompanies Tour

In January the National Museum of American Art is launching what is perhaps the most ambitious art tour ever, sharing with the American people over 500 of its finest treasures at more than 70 museums. "Treasures to Go" will feature eight thematic exhibitions of paintings and sculptures. These shows will make stops from early 2000 through 2002 from Portland, Maine, to Portland, Oregon, from Miami to Dallas to Los Angeles. The breadth of the itinerary reflects a determination to bring the finest works of American art directly to the American people.

July 21, 1999

Renwick Gallery Showcases "Glass! Glorious Glass!"

"Glass! Glorious Glass!," on view September 24, 1999–January 30, 2000 at the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, features work by forty-one master artists pushing the boundaries of glass as a medium for artistic expression.

April 20, 1999

First Retrospective in Thirty Years Celebrates
Abbott Handerson Thayer
Tipper Gore, Wife of the Vice President, Is Honorary Patron

"Abbott Thayer: The Nature of Art," a major exhibition celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Abbott Handerson Thayer (1849–1921), opens April 23 at the National Museum of American Art. The exhibition—the first in thirty years to examine the work of this prominent and highly influential figure in American art, famous for his images of angels and his eccentric personality—runs through September 6.

March 24, 1999

Picturing Old New England: Image and Memory

"Picturing Old New England: Image and Memory, a groundbreaking exhibition that explores images of the New England past, will be on view April 2 through August 22 at the National Museum of American Art. The exhibition features 173 paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, and illustrated books made from 1865 to 1945 and major works by such artists as Winslow Homer, Childe Hassam, John Singer Sargent, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Maurice Prendergast, George Bellows, Marsden Hartley, Edward Hopper, Maxfield Parrish, and Norman Rockwell.

March 1, 1999

Renwick Gallery Is Exclusive East-Coast Venue for Dominic Di Mare Retrospective

Dominic Di Mare, an original voice among America's contemporary craft artists, is featured in a retrospective exhibition at the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art from March 19 through July 25, 1999. The show assembles more than forty works created between 1963 and 1997.

March 1, 1999

Renwick Gallery Examines Mount Lebanon Community in "Shaker: Furnishings for the Simple Life"

"Shaker: Furnishings for the Simple Life," an exhibition featuring furniture and decorative arts from Mount Lebanon, the first and most prominent Shaker community, will be on view March 19 through July 25, 1999, at the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art.

January 8, 1999

National Museum of American Art Debuts New Web Site

The National Museum of American Art announces the debut of its new web site at First launched in 1995, the award-winning National Museum of American Art web site has been fully redesigned to accommodate the museum's continuing growth as a major presence in online research and education.