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Experience American Art From Home

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery’s buildings are closed temporarily, but the museum is always open online

What digital offerings would you like to see more of? Share your ideas at @AmericanArt on social media or contact us via email.

Discover the wonders of the celestial world with Lauren Fensterstock, one of four feature artists in Forces of Nature Renwick Invitational 2020. Join Fensterstock and guest curator Emily Zilber for a virtual conversation and learn more about the artist's creative process and how the sixteenth-century German manuscript, The Book of Miracles, inspired her current work. Register now for Thursday, April 29, at 7 p.m. ET.

From the Director

Stephanie Stebich, the Margaret and Terry Stent Director, celebrates Women's History Month and shares her thoughts on artworks by women in the collection.

¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now presents, for the first time, historical civil rights-era prints by Chicano artists alongside works by graphic artists working from the 1980s to today. Many artists came of age during the civil rights, labor, anti-war, feminist and LGBTQ+ movements and channeled the period’s social activism into assertive aesthetic statements that announced a new political and cultural consciousness among people of Mexican descent in the United States.

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Exhibitions Online

Browse exhibitions online, including artwork galleries, and artist and curator interviews.

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New Acquisitions

Discover artworks recently added to the collection in New Acquisitions.

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Learn more about recently acquired artworks on SAAM's blog 
 

Explore the Collection

Celebrate the extraordinary creativity of artists whose works reflect the American experience and global connections.

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Explore the past, present, and future with fiber artist Bisa Butler. Learn how familial, educational, and societal influences inspire her to blend the line between art and craft. Butler is known for creating monumental quilted portraits of Black life and cultural identity with striking originality that share multilayered historical meanings and stories. Discover how Butler’s matrilineal sewing legacy, patrilineal Ghanaian roots, and the AfriCOBRA art movement resonate in her inventive quilting technique. Butler also shares how the current Black Lives Matter cry for racial justice and COVID-19 have influenced her work as she looks to creating in the future.

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For Educators

Local and national programs for teachers, students, and adult learners offer year-long professional opportunities for growth, learning, and professional development.

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Visit Us From Home

Immerse yourself in Google Street View’s 360° museum images from anywhere.

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Virtual Reality (VR) Experiences

SAAM’s virtual reality museum apps present a selection of unique and immersive experiences.

For mobile
WONDER 360
Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death

For VR headsets
No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man
SAAM Beyond the Walls

Museum from Home: Crafting Edition

Enjoy the latest step-by-step guide to at-home crafting with SAAM’s craft master, and check out our video library of crafting projects from past Handi-hour events.

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