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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.

Learn more about art and process in a lively online conversation with Forces of Nature: Renwick Invitational 2020 artist Rowland Ricketts and exhibition guest curator Emily Zilber, Tuesday, December 8, at 6 p.m. ET.

From the Director

Stephanie Stebich, the Margaret and Terry Stent Director, shares her thoughts about the Smithsonian’s decision to close temporarily again and the fate of SAAM’s current exhibitions.

Forces of Nature: Renwick Invitational 2020 examines the long history of art’s power to engage with the natural world through unconventional and highly personal perspectives. This exhibition features work by Lauren Fensterstock, Timothy Horn, Debora Moore, and Rowland Ricketts. These artists work in a range of media, from fiber and mosaic to glass and metal.

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Learn more about Forces of Nature: Renwick Invitational 2020 on view at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum from October 16, 2020 to June 27, 2021. The exhibition features artists Lauren Fensterstock, Timothy Horn, Debora Moore, and Rowland Ricketts. Each of these invited artists looks to nature as a way to contemplate what it means to be human in a world increasingly chaotic and divorced from our physical landscape. Representing craft media from fiber to mosaic to glass and metals, these artists approach the long history of art’s engagement with the natural world through unconventional and highly personal perspectives.

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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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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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El Chandelier

1988
functional metal and glass chandelier with plastic toys and figurines, glass crystals, and other objects