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
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.
National TourAmon Carter Museum of American Artin Fort Worth, Texas–Mystic Seaport Museumin Mystic, Connecticut–
William H. Johnson's Fighters for Freedom series from the mid-1940s is a tribute to African American activists, scientists, teachers, and performers as well as international heads of state working to bring peace to the world. The exhibition Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice is drawn entirely from the collection of more than 1,000 works by William H. Johnson given to the Smithsonian American Art Museum by the Harmon Foundation in 1967 and reminds us that individual achievement and commitment to social justice are at the heart of the American story.
National TourGibbes Museum of Artin Charleston, South Carolina–Albany Museum of Artin Albany, Georgia–Oklahoma City Museum of Artin Oklahoma City, Oklahoma–The Rockwell Museumin Corning, New York–Wichita Art Museumin Wichita, Kansas–Smithsonian American Art Museumin Washington, DC–Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museumin Miami, Florida–
Ginny Ruffner (b. 1952) is a glass artist best known for her elegant sculptures and mastery of glass techniques. Recently, she has created work that combines traditional glass sculpture with Augmented Reality (AR) technology to create an interactive viewer experience. Visitors to the exhibition "Reforestation of the Imagination" will use a downloadable app that superimposes digital information over seemingly barren sculptures, creating two distinct realities to explore.
National TourKalamazoo Institute of Artsin Kalamazoo, Michigan–Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museumin Wausau, Wisconsin–Montgomery Museum of Fine Artsin Montgomery, Alabama–
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.
National TourSmithsonian American Art Museumin Washington, DC–Amon Carter Museum of American Artin Fort Worth, Texas–Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouthin Hanover, New Hampshire–Frist Art Museumin Nashville, Tennessee–
Will be on Tour
Populated with toy cowboys and cavalry, Barbie dolls and baseball players, David Levinthal’s photographs reference iconic images and events that shaped postwar American society. Despite their playful veneer, Levinthal’s images provide a lens through which to examine the myths and stereotypes lurking within our most beloved pastimes and enduring heroes. In doing so, Levinthal encourages us to consider the stories we tell about ourselves—what it means to be strong, beautiful, masculine, feminine, and ultimately, American.
National TourGund Gallery at Kenyon Collegein Gambier, Ohio–Dayton Art Institutein Dayton, Ohio–