Eye Level

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

Perhaps a Pose with a Panda?

Even if you're not familiar with her name, you’ve probably seen muralist Kelsey Montague's art. Kelsey’s interactive street murals can be found throughout the country and around the globe, as well as on the Instagram accounts of multiple celebrities.

Two Artists, One Vision: Kara Walker and Spike Lee

Kara Walker’s series Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), currently on view at SAAM through March 11, and Spike Lee’s 2000 film Bamboozled, are two great examples of how art has the power to tackle sensitive and important matters. Although these works are very different, they discuss the same things: history, race, gender, and stereotypes.
Ryan on February 2, 2018

Seeing Star Wars

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...some museum nerds kept seeing Star Wars connections in the artworks.
Sara on December 15, 2017

Drawn to the City: Tamayo in New York

New York City sparked Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo's imagination during his early visits in the 1920s and 1930s. At the time, Manhattan was a burgeoning new hub for the art world that welcomed artists from all over and supported cross-cultural exchanges. 

Stranger Things

It has been a bumper season for eerie exhibitions at SAAM and the Renwick Gallery.
Sara on October 31, 2017

Fall Movies at SAAM

Movies at SAAM invites you to screenings of two extraordinary documentaries that explore the craft and philosophy of the 1970s New York art world.
Ryan on October 27, 2017

Rick Araluce: Tunnel Vision

You step out onto the edge of the platform and you wait. You look towards the end of the tunnel and see lights flicker in the distance and the rumblings of what sound like a train approaching. But how far away is it?

Murder Is Her Hobby Opens at the Renwick

Murder Is Her Hobby: Frances Glessner Lee and the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death takes a look at the godmother of forensics who combined art, craft, and criminology.

Kara Walker: Dark Shadows of History

For over two decades, African American artist Kara Walker has been making work that weaves together imagery from the antebellum South, the brutality of slavery, and racist stereotypes. Walker, one of the most prominent artists working today, emerged in the mid-1990s with incendiary, provocative works set in the past but that were very much about the present.
Sarah on October 13, 2017