This is a photograph of Virginia Mecklenburg in front of an Edward Hopper painting.

Virginia M. Mecklenburg

Chief Curator

Virginia Mecklenburg is chief curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She oversees the museum’s curatorial and conservation staffs and its acquisitions and collections programs. She has been a curator of painting and sculpture at the museum since 1979. Her research interests include American art and culture, Ashcan art, New Deal art, American abstraction, pop art and Latino art. See full staff bio

Exhibitions

Gene Davis: Hot Beat

November 18, 2016 — April 1, 2017

Smithsonian American Art Museum (8th and F Streets, NW)

Brightly colored stripes multiply in rhythmic repetitions across the surface of a painting by Gene Davis. Remarkably original when they first appeared in the 1960s, these paintings became the signature expression for one of the leading Color Field painters.

Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection

February 28, 2014 — August 16, 2014

Smithsonian American Art Museum (8th and F Streets, NW)

Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection presents some of the most treasured artworks from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s permanent collection, including works by Will Barnet, Isabel Bishop, Paul Cadmus, Arthur Dove, Nancy Grossman, Edward Hopper, Wolf Kahn, Ya

African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond

April 26, 2012 — September 2, 2012

Smithsonian American Art Museum (8th and F Streets, NW)

African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond presents a selection of paintings, sculpture, prints, and photographs by forty-three black artists who explored the African American experience from the Harlem Renaissance through the Civil Rights era and the decades beyond, w

Books

Earl Cunningham's America

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Earl Cunningham (1893–1977) was one of the premier folk artists of the twentieth century. Earl Cunningham’s America presents Cunningham as a folk modernist who used the flat space and brilliant color typical of Matisse and Van Gogh to create sophisticated compositions.