Where Will American Art Take You?
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Thank you for your continued support as we gradually reopen. We are delighted to welcome visitors back into our galleries and hope you enjoy your visit!
From the Director
Stephanie Stebich, the Margaret and Terry Stent Director, discusses SAAM’s new head curator, the latest Drawn to Art comics, and the family of collectors behind the exhibition We Are Made of Stories.
This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World showcases American craft like never before! Celebrate the 50th anniversary of SAAM’s Renwick Gallery as the nation’s premier museum dedicated to American craft with a stunning exhibition that activates both floors of gallery space. Highlighting more than 170 artworks from the museum’s permanent collection, many never before seen at the Renwick, these artworks push the boundaries of what we interpret the handmade to be in the 21st century.
Drawn to Art: Ten Tales of Inspiring Women Artists
Discover more inspiring stories about trailblazing women artists in the 2022 edition of SAAM's online comic series Drawn to Art: Ten Tales of Inspiring Women Artists. This year we celebrate Judith Baca, Tiffany Chung, Sonya Clark, Sarah Goodridge, Ester Hernandez, Loïs Mailou Jones, Nellie Mae Rowe, Augusta Savage, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation) and Kay WalkingStick (Cherokee Nation).
Get to know the historic figures behind Bisa Butler’s monumental quilt Don’t Tread on Me, God Damn, Let’s Go! — The Harlem Hellfighters with Nora Atkinson, the Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator-in-Charge for SAAM’s Renwick Gallery. Learn about the Harlem Hellfighters, who served in the 369th Infantry Regiment during World War I, view archival footage of the troop in action, and discover the artistry Butler uses to pay homage to the soldiers.
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