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Welcome to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery

Explore the sweep of the American imagination across four centuries at the nation's flagship museum for American art and craft. Inspiring artworks and special exhibitions online and in person at our two locations. National educational offerings. Innovative research. Video interviews with artists and virtual studio tours, lectures and more. Admission is always free.

Featured Exhibitions

Quilted artwork depicting eight African American soldiers
Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery
SAAM’s branch location for contemporary craft, the Renwick Gallery, showcases the dynamic landscape of American craft today. Currently on view are more than 100 works in a range of mediums from fiber and ceramics to glass, metal, wood, and mixed media.
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Artist to Artist
October 1, 2021May 18, 2025
Artist to Artist features paired artworks, each representing two figures whose trajectories intersected at a creatively crucial moment, whether as student and teacher, professional allies, or friends.

Upcoming Featured Events

Featured Stories

Detail of quilted portrait showing three African American soldiers
Tips for teaching the layered World War I history of the 369th Infantry Regiment on their return from France
A procession of women walking through the desert. The woman in front holds a radio on her shoulder.
Exhibition invites viewers to discover the intersections and influences of video and sound, through works by some of today’s leading contemporary artists
An illustrated portrait of a woman with short brown hair. The background is red with a yellow pattern.
Celebrating the renowned artist with a comic about her life and work
Detail of painting showing the roofs of building and clouds floating over them.
A look at historic new acquisitions of art by two trailblazing Japanese American painters
A person in a black and white checkered sweater stands holding headphones. They are also black and white, woven with an Indigenous motif and have long white fringe.
Go in-depth for a look at the themes of Sharing Honors and Burdens in the Renwick’s upcoming exhibition.
Lara Evans

New Acquisitions

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woven linen with madder dye and tea stain
Not on view
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Don’t Tread on Me, God Damn, Let’s Go! — The Harlem…
cottons, silk, wool, and velvet
On view
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Metabolizing the Border
Performance. Unique objects worn by artist/performer (glass, neoprene, rusted metal fragments of U.S./Mexico border fence, leather, cotton twine, flashlight) and photodocumentation of the performance (digital files)
Not on view
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Untitled (Verse Jar)
stoneware with alkaline glaze
On view