Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Open daily, 11:30 a.m.–7 p.m.
The nation’s first collection of American art, an unparalleled record of the American experience.
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Renwick Gallery Stairwwell
Renwick Gallery
Open daily, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Located just feet from the White House, a branch of the museum that is home the nation's collection of contemporary craft and decorative art.
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A painting of an eye seen in the reflection of a mirror
How Do I Research My Art?
Want to learn more about the painting you found while clearing out the attic? For answers, be prepared for a little detective work.
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A conservator examines a work of artwork on a drafting table
How to Care for Your Collections
Regardless of the monetary value of your artwork, if it is personally meaningful, you should consider having the object conserved.
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A black and white photograph of a two story home, a person is seen waving an American flag from the window
Recording a Changing Nation
This resource uses images from photographic surveys in 55 communities in 30 states across the United States as source documents to spark sustained inquiry.
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A colorful marble orb
Critical Thinking in Action
These 60-to-95-minute units pair thinking patterns with works of art to instill a thinking disposition transferable across classroom curriculum and into the wider world.
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Detail of brown ceramic jar with writing and the signature "Dave" inscribed around the top.
David “Dave” Drake: Potter and Poet
Craftsman David “Dave” Drake, enslaved for most of his life, produced uncommonly large ceramic jars in 19th-century South Carolina adorned by his poetic verses
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Artist Tanya Aguiñiga wearing a suit made of glass elements while standing next to the U.S./Mexico border wall
Exploring Border Stories with Artist Tanya Aguiñiga
Curator Mary Savig details an artist’s journey to create the powerful performance work Metabolizing the Border that explores the physical and psychological experiences migrants face while crossing the borderlands.
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