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Saisha Grayson

Curator of Time-Based Media

Saisha Grayson is the curator of time-based media at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She joined the museum staff in March 2018. Her responsibilities include research, exhibitions and acquisitions related to the museum’s distinguished collection of time-based media arts. Her research interests include contemporary American art as well as medieval art, film studies, feminist theory and political science. See full staff bio.


  • Tuan Andrew Nguyen: The Island
    This exhibition of the Tuan Andrew Nguyen's film, The Island, is shown for the first time with Bidong Spirit I, a sculpted headdress that appears in the film.
    August 16, 2024 May 4, 2025
  • Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour — Frederick Douglass
    A presentation of Isaac Julien’s tour de force moving image installation that interweaves period reenactments across five screens to create a vivid picture of nineteenth-century activist, writer, orator, and philosopher Frederick Douglass.
    December 8, 2023 December 6, 2026
  • Galleries for Modern and Contemporary Art
    The Smithsonian American Art Museum's galleries for modern and contemporary art display selections from the permanent collection from the 1940s to the present.
    September 22, 2023 January 31, 2033
  • Carrie Mae Weems: Looking Forward, Looking Back
    This focused exhibition pairs two projects by Carrie Mae Weems—a major multimedia installation and a series of photographs—that revisit moments from history.
    September 22, 2023 July 7, 2024
  • Musical Thinking: New Video Art and Sonic Strategies
    Musical Thinking explores the powerful resonances between recent video art and popular music.
    June 23, 2023 January 28, 2024


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