Eye Level is the blog of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery. Publishing behind-the-scenes museum stories since 2005.
Exploring the spirit of one American neighborhood in a time of change
While Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech was a pivotal moment in U.S. history, there’s more to his life and legacy than that single story. Smithsonian educators share approaches to expand classroom lessons and student understanding of this great civil rights leader.
Celebrating the renowned artist with a comic about her life and work
Take a closer look at four fabulous glasses to inspire a virtual celebratory toast to 2022
Discover how one local teacher is inspired by the world of Alexander von Humboldt
Joseph Cornell, who was born in 1903 on Christmas Eve, often created handmade objects to give as gifts during the holidays.
Our video series American Art Moments takes a closer look at a powerful yet enigmatic installation in SAAM’s collection by a self-taught artist
Not to be shady, but sometimes the cure for Black Friday stress is art
A look at three paintings that represent three different decades of the artist’s vibrant career