Smithsonian American Art Museum (8th and G Streets, NW)Steel and Sky: Views of New York City celebrates the architecture, inhabitants, and imaginative spirit of urban America. The exhibition showcases work by artists such as John Sloan, Isabel Bishop, William H. Johnson, and Paul Cadmus, who practiced in New York through the early and middle years of the twentieth century.
June 16, 2023 — January 29, 2024Smithsonian American Art Museum (8th and G Streets, NW)Musical Thinking explores the powerful resonances between recent video art and popular music. The exhibition focuses on video art that employs the strategies of musical creation—scores, improvisation, and interpretation—as well as its styles, structures, and lyrics to speak to personal as well as shared aspects of American life.
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–
October 6, 2023 — April 21, 2024Smithsonian American Art Museum (8th and G Streets, NW)
This exhibition provides an intimate view of Alma Thomas’ evolving artistic practices during her most prolific period from 1959 to her death in 1978. Recent research reveals how she was continually innovative, adapting to personal health challenges later in her life.
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–