The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s traveling exhibition program has circulated hundreds of exhibitions since it was established in 1951. Below are our current offerings.
On The Road
Ideas about the American West, both in popular culture and in commonly accepted historical narratives, are often based on a past that never was, and fail to take into account important events that actually occurred. The exhibition Many Wests: Artists Shape an American Idea examines the perspectives of 48 modern and contemporary artists who offer a broader and more inclusive view of this region, which too often has been dominated by romanticized myths and Euro-American historical accounts.
National TourBoise Museum of Artin Boise, Idaho–Whatcom Museum of Artin Bellingham, Washington–Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Artin Eugene, Oregon–Utah Museum of Fine Artin Salt Lake City, Utah–Smithsonian American Art Museumin Washington, DC–
This exhibition of prints from SAAM’s collection features the artist’s provocative take on the Civil War.
National TourSmithsonian American Art Museumin Washington, DC–The Rockwell Museumin Corning, New York–The Trout Gallery, Dickinson Collegein Carlisle, Pennsylvania–New-York Historical Societyin New York, New York–
The Smithsonian American Art Museum is home to one of the most significant collections of African American art in the world. Highlights from this collection are traveling to several cities across the United States in the exhibition African American Art in the 20th Century.
National TourDubuque Museum of Artin Dubuque, Iowa–Cornell Fine Arts Museumin Winter Park, Florida–The Westmoreland Museum of American Artin Greensburg, Pennsylvania–Wichita Art Museumin Wichita, Kansas–Hudson River Museumin Yonkers, New York–
Will be on Tour
October 8, 2021 — May 8, 2022Smithsonian American Art Museum (8th and G Streets, NW)
This exhibition brings to life the Venetian glass revival of the nineteenth century on the famed island of Murano and the artistic experimentation the city inspired for artists such as John Singer Sargent and James McNeill Whistler.
November 20 - November 22, 2020 and May 14, 2021 - August 8, 2021Smithsonian American Art Museum (8th and G Streets, NW)In the 1960s, activist Chicano artists forged a remarkable history of printmaking that remains vital today. Many artists came of age during the civil rights, labor, anti-war, feminist and LGBTQ+ movements and channeled the period’s social activism into assertive aesthetic statements that announced a new political and cultural consciousness among people of Mexican descent in the United States. ¡Printing the Revolution! explores the rise of Chicano graphics within these early social movements and the ways in which Chicanx artists since then have advanced innovative printmaking practices attuned to social justice.