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10/17/01

Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery Staff Paint "Wall of Expression" to Commemorate Sept. 11

Contact: Smithsonian American Art Museum's Public Affairs Office .AmericanArtinfo[at]si.edu
American Art's Web site: AmericanArt.si.edu
Recorded information: (202) 633-8998


WHAT: "Wall of Expression" created at the Patent Office Building to commemorate the tragedies of Sept. 11


WHEN: Weekdays, Wednesday, Oct. 17 through Tuesday, Oct. 23, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.


WHERE: Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery,.Patent Office Building, F Street between 7th and 8th Streets, N.W.


WHO: Staff at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery

In response to the tragedies of September 11, staff from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery are painting a "Wall of Expression" on F Street N.W., using art as a tool for healing. The mural is dedicated to those who lost their lives and loved ones in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., and to those individuals who have contributed to the relief efforts and the continued fight against terrorism. The "Wall of Expression" will serve as a display of feelings, a record of this moment in history, and a hope for the future.

Both museums are housed in the Patent Office Building, which is currently closed for renovation. Staff members will be creating the "Wall of Expression" on a wall erected for the construction.

To photograph or film the event, or for more information, please contact Emily Winetz at (202) 275-1592 or Laura Baptiste at (202) 275-1595 for the Smithsonian American Art Museum or Anne Christiansen at (202) 275-1764 for the National Portrait Gallery.

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