SAAM Stories

Detail of quilted portrait showing three African American soldiers
05/24/2023
Tips for teaching the layered World War I history of the 369th Infantry Regiment on their return from France
Ben Brands
A photograph of Phoebe Hillemann
Phoebe Hillemann
Teacher Institutes Educator
A procession of women walking through the desert. The woman in front holds a radio on her shoulder.
05/19/2023
Exhibition invites viewers to discover the intersections and influences of video and sound, through works by some of today’s leading contemporary artists
This is a photograph of curator Saisha Grayson
Saisha Grayson
Curator of Time-Based Media
An illustrated portrait of a woman with short brown hair. The background is red with a yellow pattern.
05/10/2023
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 photograph of Melissa Ho by Jeff Elkins
Melissa Ho
Curator (20th-Century Art)
An abstract black and white photograph.
04/27/2023
We revisit a panel discussion from 2018 with Trevor Paglen, who incorporates questions around AI into his artistic practice
Amy Fox
Social Media and Digital Content Specialist
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 at the Renwick Gallery
Lara Evans
A sculpture made of discarded materials.
Artist Susie Ganch gives new life to discarded materials in her large-scale sculptures
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Detail view of abstract painting.
04/04/2023
Celebrating the esteemed poet and his friendship with painter Grace Hartigan
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Fabric and beaded tapestry. At the center, a rectangle shows a kitchen scene and reads "Welcome to Our Home."
03/30/2023
Announcing the artists included in the 2023 series of Drawn to Art
Emma Hitchcock
A group of women standing outside under a slatted-canopy. The shadows of the slats cross the image.
Curator Saisha Grayson examines the utopian realities presented in Smith's video artwork, Sojourner
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Detail of a yellow tapestry. The word "Caution" is woven into the top and the bottom shows a silhouette of two adults and a child holding hands and running.
Fiber artist Consuelo Jimenez Underwood draws from her cultural heritage to create weavings that are a reflection of personal border experiences
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An African American woman is stepping out of a front door. She is smiling and waving. A child mannequin stands to her side.
03/10/2023
Celebrating the renowned artist with a comic about her life and work.
Artist Tanya Aguiñiga wearing a suit made of glass elements while standing next to the U.S./Mexico border wall
Curator Mary Savig details an artist’s journey to create the powerful performance work Metabolizing the Border that explores the physical and psychological experiences migrants face while crossing the borderlands.
A photograph of a woman with brown hair and a dress standing inside a building.
Mary Savig
Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft
A man wearing a beret stands in front of an artwork. He is speaking to an audience.
02/28/2023
A tribute to the photorealist painter and Vietnam War veteran by SAAM Curator Melissa Ho, who recalls the story behind his extraordinary self-portrait Mi Vida
A photograph of Melissa Ho by Jeff Elkins
Melissa Ho
Curator (20th-Century Art)
A close up detail of a coiled, sweet grass basket
Gullah basket weaver Corey Alston sustains memory and kinship coil by coil
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Illustrated comic cover. On the left is a close up of an African American woman wearing a headwrap, large glasses, and earrings. On the right is the title "If You Stitch With Me, I'll Tell You A Story."
02/17/2023
Celebrating the renowned artist with a comic about her life and work
Side by side artworks. On the left: a painting with African mask references. On the right: a black sculpture, also with African mask references.
The lives of Loïs Mailou Jones and Elizabeth Catlett intersected briefly but formatively in the 1930s at Howard University
SAAM
A black case that is open to reveal smaller compartments and utensils mounted in the lid. Boxes wrapped in brown paper are stacked on the side.
Metalsmith David Harper Clemons creates art that gives new meanings to everyday objects
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