Media Advisory — Photo Op Smithsonian American Art Museum Kicks-Off Pride Month With Display of Rainbow Lights

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Photo op, four sides of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s main building illuminated with rainbow lights as part of Pride celebrations

Friday, May 31, at dusk
Lights remain on through Sunday, June 9

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Eighth and F streets N.W.

For 10 nights, the Smithsonian American Art Museum is illuminating all four façades of its historic main building (which is shared with the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery) in rainbow lights to show alliance with the metropolitan Washington, D.C., LGBTQ+ community. The lighting debuts as part of the late-night “Countdown! Pride Celebration Kick-Off Party” and remains on through Sunday, June 9, for the museum’s day long “Pride @ SAAM” event that includes a Feminist Pride Media Art pop-up exhibition and the East Coast debut of Brendan Fernandes’ dance-based performance “Free Fall 49” with DJ Lauren Flax.

The public is encouraged to share photos on social media using #PRIDEatSAAM.

The lights are presented by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Smithsonian Pride Alliance and the Capital Pride Alliance.

Rainbow Lighting at SAAM is Powered by Pepco.

About the Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is the home to one of the most significant and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. Its artworks reveal America’s rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today. The museum’s main building is located at Eighth and G streets N.W., above the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail station. Its Renwick Gallery, a branch museum dedicated to contemporary craft and decorative arts, is located on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W. Both locations are closed temporarily as a public health precaution to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Follow the museum on FacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTube. Smithsonian information: (202) 633-1000. Museum information (recorded): (202) 633-7970. Website:

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