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  • Picture This: SAAM Arcade 2017

    This past weekend, SAAM celebrated all that is good about video games when it hosted its annual SAAM Arcade. Almost 20,000 attended the two-day event held in the museum's Kogod Courtyard and throughout the museum. This is the third year SAAM has held this event as part of an ongoing initiative to showcase video games as an important part of our visual culture as well as study at the museum.
    Jeff on August 8, 2017
  • Picture This: October Breezes

    t's fall in Washington, D.C. The days are cooler, the nights cold, and the wind picks up and deposits leaves to the ground. This painting by Albert P. Lucas reminds me of the weeks that lie ahead for me.
    Jeff on October 13, 2016
  • SAAM's African American Art on Google

    SAAM got the opportunity to showcase some of its best art from African American artists when the Google Art Project asked us to participate in its online project.
    Jeff on March 3, 2016
  • Picture This: A 360 Degree Wonder

    After a two year renovation, the opening of the Renwick Gallery and its inaugural exhibition, WONDER, have been a major success. The building has been updated to a 21st century elegance allowing the art within to shine.

    Jeff on December 29, 2015
  • Picture This: Time-lapse of Yuri's Office

    As summer approaches, we know you're making plans for your summer getaway. If your destination is DC, we’d like to invite you to the Smithsonian American Art Museum as part of your visit. Our museum, its building, and most importantly, its art conveys the story of our country. But, just in case your children or grandchildren are reading this, it's also a fun place to visit.
    Jeff on May 21, 2015
  • Picture This: An Iconic Artwork by Alfredo Jaar

    A few days ago, The Washington Post published an article about an iconic artwork by Alfredo Jaar: Life Magazine April 19, 1968. Jaar took a photograph of Martin Luther King's funeral from an issue of Life magazine and graphically depicted African Americans walking in the crowd behind King's coffin. You can see Jaar's artwork at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
    Jeff on January 21, 2015
  • Picture This: Spring, Cherry Blossoms, and Family

    Spring has arrived (well, I'm not sure it's made up its mind just yet). But the weather was very spring-like this last Saturday when the American Art celebrated D.C.'s famous trees with a Cherry Blossom Family Celebration.

    Jeff on April 15, 2014
  • Picture This: A Nostalgic Handi-Hour

    Katie Crooks coordinates the quarterly craft program Handi-hour at the American Art Museum. Coming up: our next Handi-hour on March 6 will be a nostalgic look back at crafts from our youth. Katie demonstrates what's in store.
    Jeff on February 27, 2014