Eye Level

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

iChiaroscuro

There’s a discussion buzzing on the Eye Level backend about Caravaggio: una mostra impossible, the “impossible” Caravaggio exhibit at the Loyola University Museum of Art in Chicago. The exhibit features 57 backlit digital reproductions of works by the artist—masterpieces, all, that surely could never be seen together in any one place at any one time. Some of us are quite critical of this exhibit, while others are ready hitch a ride to Chicago to see the show and buy the T-shirt.
Michael Edson on January 19, 2006

Ask the Artist: William Christenberry

With SAAM’s reopening set for this July (after a six year top-to-bottom renovation of our  building), we begin a series of posts to give you an inside look at our reopening preparations.

Jeff on January 13, 2006

Updike Takes On...

I nearly forgot about the recent NPR interview with John Updike, author of Still Looking, a collection of essays on artists, along with scores of novels and literary essays.
Kriston on December 19, 2005