A photograph of Howard Kaplan on a plane.

Howard Kaplan


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  • Cellphone photo at SAAM
    Seeing Things (1)
    In the museum, I like to take some time away from looking at the art to look at people, especially people when they’re looking at art. Almost everybody today seems to have a cell phone camera with them as they wander the galleries, looking for something that catches the eye.
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    Transcending Time
    Frank O’Hara was a poet near and dear to my heart. Born in Baltimore in 1926, he died tragically forty years later in an accident on Fire Island. The death of a poet is never a pretty thing, and this one was especially ugly: he was run over by a jeep one evening on the dunes.
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    Ann Truitt: Poetry in Stillness
    The other day I went searching for a painting on the third floor of the museum—nothing in particular, but something to quench my visual thirst, as it were. I walked into a room with a Helen Frankenthaler and a Morris Louis, and was immediately drawn to the three-dimensional piece that stood out from the other artwork in the room.
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    Gertrude Was Right: Look for a Window
    "I have always enjoyed going to museums," said Gertrude Stein, "because the view from museum windows is usually very pleasant.”
  • James Rosenquist
    Pop Goes the Artist: James Rosenquist at SAAM
    Interesting what happens when an artist speaks about his/her life and work: you get to see the other side of the canvas. As part of the Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art, James Rosenquist, an artist on the Pop scene since the 1960s, spoke to an standing-room only house at SAAM on 11.28.
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    Different Strokes: Helen Frankenthaler
    I plan to make this post the first in a series on technique and medium. Paint. The stuff that gets under the artist’s fingernails, and can barely be scrubbed away. I love paint. I love color. I love walking up to a painting and trying to decipher its DNA.
  • Kogod at Night
    With the new glass canopy in place, the courtyard itself becomes a place of changing light, in a sense, alive.
  • Warhol people in the Kogod Courtyard
    Fifteen Minutes…Going on Sixteen
    Today, during the family festival in the new courtyard you'll be able to make Andy Warhol-like collages using cool, vibrant, colorful materials.
  • Courtyard Hats
    Hats Off, Hands On
    One of the coolest things going on this afternoon is the area where you can make your own hats. You begin by working with a basic shape of a hat but whatever else you add is really up to your own imagination.
  • Courtyard Visitor Documents Canopy
    Courtyard Officially Opens!
    It's a little after noon on Sunday and the Kogod Courtyard is now open. The sun is shining through the beautiful new glass canopy, and it's the perfect day to spend some time listening to music or create a hands-on project with friends and/or members of your family.
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    Jenny Holzer: Word on the Street
    There was a huge crane outside the museum and a large truck that contained Holzer's For SAAM, her 2007 conceptual site-specific sculpture. The twenty-eight-foot piece was protected by a long crate.