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Personal Appearance by Sam Maloof at Renwick Gallery Rescheduled to Dec. 1 and 2

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WHO: Sam Maloof, distinguished designer and furniture craftsman

WHAT: Lecture, public reception and book signing celebrating the current Renwick Gallery exhibition "The Furniture of Sam Maloof"

WHEN: Dec. 1 and 2 at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery, Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum has rescheduled a personal appearance by world-renowned woodworker Sam Maloof. The museum will host an open house weekend on Dec. 1 and 2, highlighting a lecture by Maloof at 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, followed by a public reception and book signing of the exhibition's accompanying publication.

"The Furniture of Sam Maloof" is a 288-page book written by curator Jeremy Adamson, copublished with W.W. Norton and heavily illustrated with photography by Jonathan Pollock. The scholarly text is based on new information from the Maloof workshop papers and locates Maloof's work within the history of the American craft movement.

On view now through Jan. 20, 2002, "The Furniture of Sam Maloof" explores the craftsmanship, style, life and legacy of the designer-craftsman with 65 pieces of furniture ranging from rocking chairs to dining tables and music stands.

The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum is dedicated to exhibiting American crafts from the 19th to the 21st century. The Renwick is located near the Farragut North (Red line) and Farragut West (Blue and Orange lines) Metrorail stations. Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Public information: (202) 357-2700; (202) 786-2393 (TTY); (202) 633-9126 (Spanish). Recorded information: (202) 633-8998. Please visit the museum's award-winning Web site at