Eye Level

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

Westermann's Table

"Herman Melville's cursed wanderers, Raymond Chandler's tough guys, and Walt Whitman's solitary individualists"—that's how one art critic described H. C. Westermann's person and works, a description that captures his work as well as his biography.
Kriston on June 7, 2007

In This Case: Tony Smith

In This Case is a series of periodic posts on art in the Luce Foundation Center, a visible art storage facility at the Smithsonian American Art Museum that displays more than 3,300 pieces in fifty-seven cases.
Kriston on June 5, 2007

In This Case: Peter Paul Rubens

In This Case is a series of periodic posts on art in the Luce Foundation Center, a visible art storage facility at the Smithsonian American Art Museum that displays more than 3,300 pieces in fifty-seven cases.
Kriston on May 25, 2007

Apples, Oranges

The upcoming exhibition of Sean Scully's prints puts me in mind of a conversation I had some time ago with an artist. This artist's paintings were (and still are) greatly in demand, but they're not the only work that he does.
Kriston on May 16, 2007

On the Calendar: Week of May 7, 2007

Some noteworthy events this week: a lecture by New Yorker cartoonist Matthew Diffee, a discussion with glass artist Beth Lipman at the Renwick (Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street, NW), and a screening of Seven Days in May.
Michael on May 7, 2007

ColorField.remix

When Washington-area museums and galleries celebrate in tandem the legacy of the Washington Color School during ColorField.remix, one road will be painted to honor the contributions of one of the city's favorite sons, Gene Davis.
Kriston on May 1, 2007

On the Calendar: The Week of April 30, 2007

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Michael Edson on April 27, 2007

Etcetera

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

Simryn Gill

Though it opened in fall last year, Perspectives, a mini-retrospective of Simryn Gill's work at the Sackler Gallery, complements the spring Craft Invitational at the Renwick. One piece in the Sackler show represents another way that artists commonly approach craft: they reconsider design and craft objects using unfamiliar materials.
Kriston on April 9, 2007

In the News: Report on Smithsonian Arts

Today, the External Review Committee Report on Smithsonian Arts was made public. The Art Newspaper broke the story yesterday. After the Washington Post covered it today, the Museum pulled together a few thoughts in response.
Jeff on March 21, 2007

Springtime for Crafters

After a late March snowfall, spring made its glorious debut, tempting this winter homebody to take a pleasant stroll through northwest D.C. down to the National Mall. One of the shows in bloom is the 2007 Craft Invitational at the Renwick Gallery, a show of artists working in media often associated with craft (paper, glass, and clay).
Kriston on March 14, 2007