Eye Level

Eye Level is the blog of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery. Publishing behind-the-scenes museum stories since 2005.


Karoline von Günderode is not a name you'd expect to pop up in modern art—she was a minor German Romantic poet. Her history, however, is fascinating, marked by fatal longing.

Kriston on April 12, 2007

Second Life Meets First Life

I was bound and determined to avoid Second Life as long as possible, but it seems just as determined to invade First Life.

Kriston on March 30, 2007

No Mojitos

Armando Reveron image

Armando Reverón

Kriston on March 12, 2007

Lighting the Joseph Cornell Retrospective

We asked SAAM's lighting designer, Scott Rosenfeld, to discuss his thinking as he lit the exhibition on Joseph Cornell currently on view in the third-floor galleries.

Jeff on February 5, 2007