Where Will American Art Take You?
We are pleased to welcome you to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery
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!
Know Before You Go: What's New
Please review the recent changes below as you plan your visit.
SAAM is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Renwick Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Masks are not required when visiting Smithsonian museums or the National Zoo. Visitors may choose to wear a mask during their visit.
Clarice Smith Distinguished Lecture Series with Roberto Lugo
Wednesday, September 14, 6:30 p.m. ET.
Join Roberto Lugo as he details his studio practice and the intersections of identity, representation, empowerment, and storytelling in his work, now on display in the exhibition This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World. Lugo adorns classical pottery forms with portraiture and surface design that incorporate his North Philadelphia roots and hip-hop culture to address themes of poverty, inequality, and racial injustice. Learn More.
From the Director
Stephanie Stebich, the Margaret and Terry Stent Director, discusses the 50th anniversary of the museum’s Renwick Gallery as the nation’s premier museum dedicated to American craft and the Renwick's new exhibition This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World. Read more.
We Are Made of Stories: Self-Taught Artists in the Robson Family Collection traces the rise of self-taught artists in the 20th century and examines how, despite wide-ranging societal, racial, and gender-based obstacles, their creativity and bold self-definition became major forces in American art. Discover the powerful personal journeys of forty-three game-changing artists including Howard Finster, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Nellie Mae Rowe, and Bill Traylor, among others. Now on view.
Drawn to Art: Ten Tales of Inspiring Women Artists
The daughter of a Haitian father and an Ojibwe mother Lewis overcame many obstacles before finding success as a sculptor in Rome, where her fame brought countless visitors to her studio.
Born in Berlin, Albers studied at the prestigious Bauhaus, the innovative school of art and design. There, she discovered weaving and began to incorporate her own ideas using unexpected materials such as yarn, cellophane, and metallic thread. Her life changed when she moved to America to flee Nazi persecution.
Kay Sekimachi and her family were forced into a Japanese incarceration camp during WWII. There, she spent her time making art. After the war, she discovered weaving and her mastery of techniques earned her the sobriquet “the Weaver’s Weaver.”
Explore the rise of untrained artists in the 20th century and discover their powerful personal journeys in We Are Made of Stories: Self-Taught Artists in the Robson Family Collection. Featuring 43 artists including Judith Scott, Howard Finster, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Bill Traylor, and Nellie Mae Rowe, among others, the exhibition examines how, despite wide-ranging societal, racial and gender-based obstacles, their creativity and bold self-definition became major forces in American art.
Watch as Leslie Umberger, curator of the exhibition, discusses the importance of Margaret Z. Robson’s collecting vision and highlights game-changing artists presented in We Are Made of Stories. Hear from Douglas O. Robson on the importance of continuing his mother’s collecting tradition and his gift to SAAM.
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