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2015_DC_SIPG_PennPP_15102248DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Press Preview: Irving Penn "Beyond Beauty" Exhibit
Press Preview for Irving Penn "Beyond Beauty" exhibit
Welcoming remarks by:
* Elizabeth (Betsy) Broun, The Margaret and Terry Stent Director
Guest Curatorial discussion by:
* Merry Foresta
2018_DC_SIRG_Burning_AOD_18033040DC -- Renwick Gallery -- Opening Day: No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man
Folks here included Stephanie Stebich, Betsy Broun, David Best (designed the Temple), Serge Beaulieu (of Hybycozo) (Deep Thought), Richard Wilks (Evotrope), and Christopher Schardt (Nova).
2015_DC_SIRG_WonderPP_15111093DC -- Renwick Gallery -- Press Preview: WONDER Exhibit
Renwick Gallery Reopens Nov. 13 Following Major Renovation of Historic Building with Inaugural Exhibition "WONDER"
The Renwick Gallery, home to the Smithsonian American Art Museum's craft and decorative arts program, will open to the public Friday, Nov. 13, following a comprehensive two-year...
2005_DC_JSS_0509202James Smithson Society lunch -- Renovation of the Patent Office Building
On July 4, 2006, the Patent Office Building will reopen five years after renovation began and 170 years after Congress approved the original construction of the building.
The building, erected from 1836 to 1840, was the third federal building constructed in Washington, DC, and became home to the...
2018_DC_Best_180503128Renwick Gallery -- Artist Talk: David Best and The Temple Crew
Join artist David Best and his 'Temple Crew' as they discuss the ephemerality of the Burning Man temples and other site-specific work. Enjoy listening to the artist and his collaborators underneath the temple built specifically for the exhibition.
2010_DC_SIRG_GamanO_10030472Renwick Gallery -- Donor event -- Art of Gaman
The Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and The President of the James Renwick Alliance cordially invite you to a reception celebrating the opening of The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942-1946.
2013_DC_SIRG_Hurrah_131205146Renwick Gallery -- Event: Last Hurrah!
Join us for the Last Hurrah!
As you know, the Renwick Gallery is closing for a 2 year renovation. We want to invite you all to help us say goodbye (for now!) to our beloved building and share in some holiday cheer.
2015_DC_SIRG_Opening2_15111364Renwick Gallery -- Event: Reopening Day -- Folks Inside (WONDER)
2015_DC_SIRG_Opening_15111365Renwick Gallery -- Event: Reopening Day -- Ribbon Cutting (WONDER)
The 10am ribbon cutting ceremony was shorter than expected because of a Vice Presidential motorcade that was due at 10:15. Ribbon cutters:
* Elizabeth Broun, director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
* David Skorton, Secretary of the Smithsonian
* David Rubenstein, co-founder of the Carlyle...
2006_DC_SIPG_Ceremony_06070152Reynolds Center -- Event: Opening -- Building Reopening Day Ceremony
Grand Opening Family Festival: Sponsored by Target: Celebrate the opening of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture with a fun-filled day of activities and music. Meet actors impersonating individuals from the collections, tour the galleries, and see the new Lunder Conservation...
2011_DC_ExperimentO_11071466Reynolds Center -- Event: Opening Reception -- Great American Experiment Exhibit (donor event)
2016_DC_America_NowTJ_16070943Reynolds Center -- Family Day -- America Now -- Tarica June
Join SAAM for the third and final program in this year’s exciting series that celebrates the ways Americans participate in our democracy—through art, music, storytelling, and service.
This page features the performance of ...
2015_DC_ChineseFD_Cere_150214134Reynolds Center -- Family Day -- Chinese New Year (2015) -- Ceremony
Chinese New Year Family Festival
This program is presented in partnership with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China.
American Art is proud to open our doors to the Chinatown and DC community in celebration of the 2015 Lunar New Year! Help us bring in the year of the sheep with an afternoon of...
2016_DC_ChineseFD_Cere_16013045Reynolds Center -- Family Day -- Chinese New Year (2016) -- Ceremony
Join SAAM as we open our doors to the Chinatown and DC community to celebrate the 2016 Lunar New Year! Help us "awaken the lion" and ring in the year of the monkey with fun craft activities, traditional performances, artists, and demonstrations.
Full Schedule of Events:
* Lion Awakening Ceremony and...
2009_DC_WileyFD_091003124Reynolds Center -- Family Day -- William Wiley
Help us welcome artist William Wiley to the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Wiley will perform his own music for audiences of all ages. In between attending Improv for Kids workshops and playing the pinball machines, you can create pinball paintings and design your own buttons.
2012_DC_Video_Bushnell_12031696Reynolds Center -- Opening -- Art of Video Games -- Nolan Bushnell
Video Games in Retrospect with Nolan Bushnell:
Join us for a fascinating evening with Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari and a key player in the growth and popularity of the first video games. Bushnell, who is often considered the father of electronic gaming, will discuss how far video games have come...
2010_DC_Airmen_10070391Reynolds Center -- Performance -- Airmen of Note
Airmen of Note and The Smithsonian: Two National Treasures
Posted 7/1/2010
by Master Sgt. Brian McCurdy
The USAF Band
7/1/2010 - BOLLING AFB, D.C. -- On Saturday, July 3, and Sunday, July 4, the Airmen of Note will perform at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Each concert, featuring hits from...
2015_DC_Supersonic_Crafts_150314168Reynolds Center -- Performance -- Supersonic Rewind -- Crafts and Mingering Mike
Supersonic Rewind::
Put on your dancing shoes and join the party as we travel back in time. Our DJ spins the soul hits of the 1960s and 70s that influenced Mingering Mike’s work. Meet the artist and check out his self-made album covers in our exhibition, Mingering Mike’s Supersonic Greatest Hits to...
2015_DC_Amer_Now_Misc_15062753Reynolds Center -- Special -- America Now! Innovation in Art -- Miscellaneous (incl courtyard floating ribbon)
America Now! Innovation in Art:
Come explore how artists are using technology to propel their work! Join:
* Digital paint pioneer Jeremy Sutton as he paints on an iPad, with the image projected on a large screen using motion capture technology. He paints to the beats of electro-swing band Good Co....
2015_DC_SIPG_Volunteer_15040638Reynolds Center -- Staff -- Volunteer Appreciation Event
2014_DC_Gornik_140401130Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- April Gornik (James Dicke Contemporary Artist Lecture)
Artist April Gornik:
April Gornik discusses her dramatic American landscapes including Virga, recently added to the museum’s collection. Gornik’s images—roiling seas, ominous skies, mountains overlooking endless plains—capture the power of nature and endeavor to create a suspended moment of calm. This...
2018_DC_Paglen_180620126Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Artist Talk: Trevor Paglen (The Planet is a Sensor)
Celebrating the opening of the new exhibition, Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen, artist Trevor Paglen presents a series of projects exploring planet-scale sensing systems. From fiber optic cables under the earth’s oceans and reconnaissance satellites in earth’s orbit, to the autonomous vision systems and...
2016_DC_Butterfield_161019185Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Deborah Butterfield (Clarice Smith Distinguished Lecture)
Clarice Smith Distinguished Lecture Series: Deborah Butterfield and Horse Sculptures
Deborah Butterfield's sculptural forms are based on her unique subject, horses. Constructed in wood, and cast in bronze, the freestanding sculptures are shown in two scales: life size works and smaller bronzes. With...
2010_DC_FenceR_100401117Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Donor Event :Remembering the Running Fence
This event happened the night before the Remembering the Running Fence exhibit opened to the public. It included a chance to see the exhibition itself but also included a reception in the Kogod courtyard.
2018_DC_Roberts_18032957Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Eldredge Prize: Jennifer L. Roberts ("The Moiré Effect: Print and Interference")
Jennifer L. Roberts, the Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University, was awarded the 2017 Charles C. Eldredge Prize for her book, Transporting Visions: The Movement of Images in Early America. Join her for a talk entitled “The Moiré Effect: Print and Interference.”
2014_DC_Fischl_14091770Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Eric Fischl ("On and Off the Canvas") (Clarice Smith Distinguished Lecture)
Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art
Artist Eric Fischl
Internationally acclaimed artist Eric Fischl first received critical attention for depicting the dark, disturbing undercurrents of mainstream American life. His paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints have been the subject of...
2016_DC_Hot_Beat_161119168Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Event: Gene Davis: Hot Beat at SAAM!
You're Invited!
Join DC's coolest cats for a 1960's-inspired dance party celebrating the opening of Gene Davis: Hot Beat at SAAM!
We're throwing a party inspired by Davis's colorful, rhythmic paintings from the 1960's! Dance to retro beats by DJ Harry Hotter and enjoy delicious party fare,...
2010_DC_RockmanR_10112035Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Event: Opening Reception -- "Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow" exhibition -- Reception in the Kogod Courtyard
Elizabeth Broun, Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum invites you to a preview reception:
Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, with generous support from The Cowles Charitable Trust, Wayne Fingerman, Dorothy Tapper Goldman, Barbara and...
2014_DC_Worlds_141113102Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Film Talk: "Curious Worlds: The Art and Imagination of David Beck" (w/David Beck and Olympia Stone)
Curious Worlds: The Art and Imagination of David Beck
David Beck is a master sculptor, carver, painter, and craftsman. Join us for a film screening of Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck (2014, 68 min.), an intimate portrait of one of America’s most accomplished and original artists. A...
2010_DC_FenceF_100402145Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Film Talk: "Running Fence Revisited" (w/Christo and Wolfram Hissen)
The Running Fence Revisited:
The premiere of a new film created for this exhibition, The Running Fence Revisited, will be followed by a conversation with director Wolfram Hissen and artist Christo.
2008_DC_Christo_08090643Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Film Talk: "Running Fence" (w/Christo and Jeanne-Claude)
Running Fence: Christo and Jeanne-Claude. The film Running Fence (1978), directed by David Maysles, Albert Maysles, and Charlotte Zwerin, depicts the four year struggle of artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude to build a 24.5-mile fence of white fabric and steel poles through the hills of Californias Sonoma...
2010_DC_Reichstag_100512132Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Film Talk: "To the German People: Wrapped Reichstag" (w/Christo and Wolfram Hissen)
To the German People: Wrapped Reichstag:
Special guest, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United States Klaus Scharioth introduces a screening of To the German People: Wrapped Reichstag 1971–1995 about the art project, Wrapped Reichstag, by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. A...
2013_DC_Essenhigh_13030756Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Inka Essenhigh (James Dicke Contemporary Artist Lecture)
This inaugural lecture honors James F. Dicke II, the museum's former Commission Chair, for his outstanding leadership and contributions to the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Artist Inka Essenhigh discusses "Cartoons and Myths: Reviving Pan and Diana for the 21st Century" as she describes her...
2014_DC_Saltz_14102289Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Jerry Saltz ("A Year in the Life of an Art Critic") (Clarice Smith Distinguished Lecture)
Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art
Critic Jerry Saltz: A Year in the Life of an Art Critic: The Good, the Bad, and the Very Bad
Jerry Saltz is the senior art critic for New York Magazine and has been an energetic and persuasive voice in the art world for more than two decades. In...
2015_DC_Bradford_15042063Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Mark Bradford (James Dicke Contemporary Artist Lecture)
Dicke Contemporary Artist Lecture with Mark Bradford
Mark Bradford is one of today’s most recognized contemporary artists and is known for his expansive, multi-layered collage paintings. He discusses his Amendment painting series that explores themes of democracy, power, and freedom as represented in...
2015_DC_Mingering_150227106Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Panel -- Mingering Mike, Roundtable Remix
Mingering Mike, Roundtable Remix
Exhibition curator Leslie Umberger sits down with the ever enigmatic Mingering Mike (in costume, of course); Dori Hadar, the man who saved the Mingering Mike collection; Tom Patterson, writer and art curator; and Carroll Hynson Jr., local radio personality and ‘60s and...
2011_DC_Bennett_11040582Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Talk: Bob Bennett (Collectors' Roundtable)
Collectors' Roundtable with Senator Bob Bennett
This annual series provides insight and invaluable advice on collecting art from museum directors, curators, collectors, art dealers, and consultants.
This evening, Senator Bob Bennett, collector, Utah and Washington, D.C., presents "Collecting...
2011_DC_Perry_11071418Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Talk: Claire Perry ("Great American Experiment")
The Great American Experiment:
The Great American Hall of Wonders exhibition curator Claire Perry discusses the idea of the United States as a “great experiment” and how inventive energies in art, science, and technology shaped the nation during the 19th century. Exploring 19th-century citizens’ belief...
2011_DC_BobDay_11042192Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Talk: Robert Day ("An Evening with...")
An Evening with Robert Day:
Join us for an unforgettable evening with Robert Day, Washington College’s professor of English, emeritus, as he discusses his travels around the world in a talk entitled “Bar Art: John Sloan’s McSorley’s Old Ale House Paintings, a Vargas Girl behind the Bar at Ruby Red’s in...
2009_DC_Wiley_09093083Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Talk: William Wiley ("What's It All Mean") (Clarice Smith Distinguished Lecture)
Artist William Wiley: What’s It All Mean:
Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures: The Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art brings outstanding artists,critics, and scholars to the museum to add to the ongoing national conversation about art. This annual series is made possible by the...
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2019_08_12_Straczynski117Politics & Prose -- J. Michael Straczynski ("Becoming Superman")
J. Michael Straczynski - Becoming Superman: My Journey from Poverty to Hollywood Straczynski is best known as the creator of the Babylon 5 and Sense8 TV shows, but his amazing four-decade career also encompasses screenwriting—Changeling, Thor, and World War Z—writing for several D.C. and Marvel Comi... (Partially reviewed)
2019_08_02C2_Touchstone_AmerIsO152DC -- Touchstone Gallery -- Opening Reception: America Is...
AMERICA IS ... Artists Explore, Ask and Answer: What is America today? National Juried Show On display: August 2 – 29, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 6 - 8:30 pm Hors d'oeuvres by Occasions Caterers Gourmet Frozen Desserts by Moorenko's Ice Cream Program: 7pm - jurors remarks, 7:15pm - c... (Partially reviewed)
2019_08_01A1_McAuliffe168Politics & Prose -- Terry McAuliffe ("Beyond Charlottesville")
Terry McAuliffe - Beyond Charlottesville: Taking a Stand Against White Nationalism Governor of Virginia from 2014 to 2018, McAuliffe declared a state of emergency in Charlottesville when white supremacists descended on the town in August 2017. His action was undermined by Trump, however, who, findin... (Partially reviewed)
2019_07_20C4_SDCCP0382CA -- San Diego -- Comic-Con International 2019 -- Panel: Cartoon Voices I
Cartoon Voices I Each year, moderator Mark Evanier gathers a bevy of the most talented cartoon voice actors working today and invites them to explain and demonstrate their artistry. This year's lineup includes Marieve Herington (Big City Greens, Disney Junior), Adam McArthur (Star vs. the Forces of ... (Partially reviewed)
2019_07_21C3_SDCCP03141CA -- San Diego -- Comic-Con International 2019 -- Panel: Cartoon Voices II
Cartoon Voices II With the smash-hit success of yesterday's Cartoon Voices I panel, there's no choice but to do another one-with different but equally talented actors from the world of animation voicing. Once again, moderator Mark Evanier has assembled an all-star dais that will include Jim Meskimen... (Partially reviewed)
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