Where Will American Art Take You?
WE ARE PLEASED TO WELCOME YOU TO THE SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM AND RENWICK GALLERY WITH SAFETY MEASURES IN PLACE
Thank you for your continued support while we were closed, and as we gradually reopen. We look forward to seeing you in the galleries. Stay safe and enjoy your visit.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: GUIDELINES FOR VISITING
We are delighted to welcome visitors back into our galleries. To keep us all safe, we ask that visitors, including those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, follow these safety measures to protect everyone’s health. Please review the important information below as you plan your visit.
All visitors ages two (2) and older are required to wear a mask
while visiting Smithsonian museums and indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status.
FEATURED ONLINE PROGRAM
Ring in the Year of the Tiger! Let’s celebrate Lunar New Year online
. Enjoy streamed video performances of dances, acrobatics, and yo-yo tricks by the Madison Chinese Dance Academy
. Then watch demonstrations of traditional Chinese crafting and Lunar New Year traditions, including the classic lion dance. Register now for Saturday, February 5, at 10 a.m. ET.
FROM THE DIRECTOR
, the Margaret and Terry Stent Director, talks about how a variety of voices are represented in SAAM’s collections, galleries, and programming to reflect the complexity of American stories. Read more!
Celebrating the renowned artist with a comic about her life and work
DRAWN TO ART: TEN TALES OF INSPIRING WOMEN ARTISTS
Drawn to Art
is a comic series that illuminates the stories of ten women artists whose artwork is represented in the SAAM's collection, some of whom may not have received the attention they deserved in their lifetimes.
Discover Drawn to Art
Illustrated by Rachel Bivens
The daughter of a Haitian father and an Ojibwe mother Lewis overcame many obstacles before finding success as a sculptor in Rome, where her fame brought countless visitors to her studio.Read the Story
Illustrated by Shayna Cohen
When contemporary artist Mickalene Thomas was in art school, she couldn’t afford traditional materials and gravitated towards craft stores and the glitter and rhinestones within. Her paintings speak to female empowerment and of women of color owning and defining their own spaces.Read the Story
Illustrated by Emily Fromhage
Anni Albers studied art at the innovative Bauhaus, where she discovered weaving. She fled Nazi Germany and became an influential teacher at the experimental Black Mountain College in North Carolina.Read the Story
James Hampton's The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations' Millennium General Assembly
is one of the most important and beloved artworks at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM), and it is full of mysteries. Discover more as Leslie Umberger, SAAM's curator of folk and self-taught art, shares insights into Hampton's life as a self-taught artist of color creating in Washington, DC, during the Civil Rights movement, and the lasting importance of his efforts. The Throne
, a monumental artwork with more than 180 components wrapped in gold and silver foil, came fully to light only after the artist's death. While Hampton’s views on his life’s work went undocumented, the splendor and magnitude of his project is evident to all who experience this powerful yet enigmatic artwork.
Discover artworks recently added to the collection in New Acquisitions.
Learn more about recently acquired artworks on SAAM's blog
HOST AN EVENT
Looking for an elegant and dazzling location to host an event in 2021, and beyond? Contact us, and let us help you make your event unforgettable.
Browse exhibitions online, including artwork galleries, and artist and curator interviews.
EXPLORE THE COLLECTION
Celebrate the extraordinary creativity of artists whose works reflect the American experience and global connections.
Local and national programs for teachers, students, and adult learners offer year-long professional opportunities for growth, learning, and professional development.
VISIT US FROM HOME
Immerse yourself in Google Street View’s 360° museum images from anywhere.
SAAM’s virtual reality museum apps present a selection of unique and immersive experiences.
MUSEUM FROM HOME: CRAFTING EDITION
Enjoy the latest step-by-step guide to at-home crafting with SAAM’s craft master, and check out our video library of crafting projects from past Handi-hour events.
Nam June Paik1995fifty-one channel video installation (including one closed-circuit television feed), custom electronics, neon lighting, steel and wood; color, sound
Kara Walker2005offset lithograph and screenprint on paper
CHEMICAL BALANCE III
Jean Shin2009prescription pill bottles, acrylic mirrors, epoxy, fluorescent lights
GRAND CENTRAL STATION #2
Jim Campbell2009custom electronics, LEDs, and mounted photo-transparency
CHOCO DRINK TV
PHOTOSHOP CS: 50 BY 50 INCHES, 300 DPI, RGB, SQUARE PIXELS,
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