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Eye Level is the blog of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery. Publishing behind-the-scenes museum stories since 2005.
BODY AND BLOOD IN ANA MENDIETA’S FILMWORK
Learn about the legacy of groundbreaking artist Ana Mendieta and how she examined urgent political, personal, and artistic questions through her artwork
Saisha on November 30, 2021
BLACK FRIDAY ART BROWSING
Not to be shady, but sometimes the cure for Black Friday stress is art
Amy and Howard on November 26, 2021
SONYA CLARK’S “MONUMENTAL” ACHIEVEMENTS
Examining historical imbalances and the roots of racial injustice through fiber art
New Acquisitions
Nora on November 18, 2021
BRINGING CHICANX STORIES INTO THE CLASSROOM THROUGH ART
Museum educators share Chicanx posters with teachers around the world
Chicano Graphics
Education
Anne on November 15, 2021
KAY WALKINGSTICK AND THE INDIGENOUS PRESENCE IN AMERICAN LANDSCAPE PAINTING
A look at three paintings that represent three different decades of the artist’s vibrant career
New Acquisitions
Melissa on November 10, 2021
DECORATIVE ARTS IN FOCUS: MINIATURE DIORAMA OF JOHN GELLATLY COLLECTION
How John Gellatly’s eclectic collection of fine and decorative arts took over his New York home and six rooms in the Heckscher Building
Exhibitions
Katie on November 4, 2021
NATIVE AMERICAN ARTS IN FOCUS: SUSTAINING TRADITIONS—DIGITAL MEMORIES
Discover how artist Kelly Church is ensuring that centuries of Indigenous traditions are preserved for future generations with her beautifully woven basketry.
Exhibitions
New Acquisitions
Craft and Decorative Arts
Ashley on November 2, 2021
PODCAST RELEASE: MUSIC AND CONVERSATION WITH ROSIE CIMA
Rosie Cima of Rosie Cima and What She Dreamed discusses her welcome to DC’s music community and her approach to keeping it real in front of an audience.
Luce Foundation Center
Five Question Interviews
Anne on October 28, 2021
ARE YOU FEELING SPOOKY OR SOULFUL THIS SEASON?
Choose how to celebrate the season with two different ways to explore SAAM's collection
Rebekah on October 27, 2021
DRAWN TO MARIA OAKEY DEWING
Celebrating Maria Oakey Dewing with a comic about her life and work
Howard on October 26, 2021
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN AN ARTIST MEETS AN OLYMPIAN?
Evoking Tommie Smith's legacy through a work of monumental sculpture
Sarah on October 22, 2021
REPRESENTATION AND THE MANY-LAYERED STORIES OF AMERICAN ART
Stephanie Stebich, 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.
From the Director
Stephanie on October 22, 2021
CONTEMPORARY GLASS ART EXHIBITION BRINGS FRESH GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES TO THE RENWICK GALLERY
New Glass Now showcases artists challenging the status quo, offering new perspectives, and experimenting with what the medium of glass can do!
Craft Making Activities
Exhibitions
Ashley on October 19, 2021
WHEN KUSAMA MET CORNELL
On the surprising friendship between artists Yayoi Kusama and Joseph Cornell
Exhibitions
Howard on October 15, 2021
DRAWN TO CARMEN HERRERA
Celebrating the renowned artist with a comic about her life and work.
Howard on October 6, 2021
AMERICAN ARTISTS AND THE MAGIC OF VENICE
An interview with the curator of Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano
Anne and Alex on October 5, 2021
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KAY SEKIMACHI
Celebrating Kay Sekimachi’s 95th birthday with a comic about her life and work
Howard on September 29, 2021
EXPLORING LATINX STORIES IN AMERICAN ART
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a look into the diversity and depth of SAAM’s Latinx collection
Chicano Graphics
Rebekah on September 24, 2021
MUSIC AND CONVERSATION WITH NIGHT TRAIN 357
Night Train 357 describes the importance of organization in a creative life and teases his new independent martial arts film.
Luce Foundation Center
Five Question Interviews
Anne on September 23, 2021
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