A photograph of Alex Man by Libby Weiler.

Crawford Alexander Mann III

Curator (Prints and Drawings)

Crawford Alexander Mann III is the curator of prints and drawings at the Smithsonian American Art Museum; he joined the museum’s staff in April 2017. Mann’s responsibilities include research, exhibitions, and acquisitions related to the museum’s collection of approximately 25,000 prints, drawings, and watercolors dating from the eighteenth century to the present. His research interests include Italian-American artistic exchange on the Grand Tour, artists of the American South, the impact of East Asian watercolor and printmaking traditions on American art, and the evolving visual constructions of masculinity, femininity, and gender. See full staff bio


  • Steel and Sky: Views of New York City

    Opening in 2024
    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.
  • Chiura Obata: American Modern

    November 27, 2019 — March 13, 2020
    Smithsonian American Art Museum (8th and G Streets, NW)
    Japanese-born artist Chiura Obata’s seemingly effortless synthesis of different art traditions defies the usual division between “East” and “West.” This exhibition presents the most comprehensive survey of his rich and varied body of work to date, from bold California landscape paintings to intimate drawings of his experiences of the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.