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A Great Day for American Art

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Picture This: Antiques Roadshow at American Art

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Picture This: Scouting Out American Art

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Unearthing Family History at American Art

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John Edward Hasse - Smithsonian American Art - Luce Center - Pop-up Piano Recital

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National Museum of American History Curator and Ellington biographer John Edward Hasse plays a program of blues and jazz piano, in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, which he founded. 0:04 Saint Louis Blues - W.C. Handy 3:38 Summertime - George Gershwin 9:06 How Long, How Long Blues - Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell 12:22 Don't Get Around Much Anymore / Satin Doll - Duke Ellington 16:24 Autumn Leaves - Joseph Kosma 20:24 Watermelon Man - Herbie Hancock Visit us at http://americanart.si.edu

SAAM's African American Art on Google

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ThumbnailSAAM got the opportunity to showcase some of its best art from African American artists when the Google Art Project asked us to participate in its online project.

Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum: Lure of the West

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Online exhibition including portraits of Native Americans by George Catlin, western subjects by Frederic Remington and Albert Bierstadt, and works from the Taos School.

American Art and the Vietnam War

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Martha Rosler, Red Stripe KitchenCurator Melissa Ho reflects on what drew her to the subject matter for her upcoming exhibition exploring how American artists responded to the turbulence of the Vietnam War. 

Teaching the African American Experience through Art

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ThumbnailOn October 13, the Smithsonian American Art Museum will host "Art and the African American Experience," an evening for teachers presented in celebration of the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Led by educators at SAAM, Teaching for Change, and the Anacostia Community Museum, participants will explore ways of thoughtfully addressing race and the African American experience through art in their teaching. The event is free with registration, and includes teaching resources and a standing reception.

American Art in a Global Context: North American Crosscurrents

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Symposium: "American Art in a Global Context" Friday, September 29, 2006 Session V: North American Crosscurrents Moderator: Henry Estrada, Smithsonian Latino Center Presenters: Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, Blanton Museum of Art, "America/Americas: Placing U.S. Art in a Hemispheric Context" Frances Pohl, Pomona College, "Revisiting the Relationship between Canadian and American Art and Culture" Keith Morrison, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, "From Jamaica to New York: The Artist as a Citizen of the World" This three-day symposium looked at American art in a global context—from circum-Atlantic migrations in the eighteenth century to European training and travel in the late nineteenth century; from the export of U.S. culture and media in the twentieth century to the impact of immigration and globalization on the nation's visual arts in the new millennium. For more information: http://www.americanart.si.edu/research/symposia/2006/.

Throwback Thursday: Art Critic Adam Gopnik on What Makes American Art American

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ThumbnailDuring this election season, Americans have been debating what it means to be American. So, it's fitting to consider what is American about American art. In October 2012, Adam Gopnik, writer for The New Yorker, spoke about this as part of SAAM's Clarice Smith Lecture series.

Cory Arcangel and Media Arts at American Art

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Art Museum Tours For Visitors Who Are Blind

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ThumbnailThe best in-person encounters with artwork can engage us with compelling stories, challenge us with thought-provoking ideas, and inspire creativity. By looking deeply, visitors connect with art through what they see. But how does someone who is blind experience art in a museum? At SAAM, a team of volunteer docents have been specially trained to bring artwork to life for visitors who are blind.

Picture This: American Art's Civil War Podcast

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ThumbnailThe Civil War and American Art on exhibition at American Art through April 28, 2013, explores the transformative and emotional impact of the war on America through landscape and genre paintings.

A Special American Art July 4th Anniversary

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ThumbnailOn July 4, 1836, President Andrew Jackson authorized the construction of a patent office, the historic landmark building that is now home to the American Art Museum.

American Art's Outdoor Sculpture Instagram Challenge

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ThumbnailThis July, American Art held its first Instagram Challenge through a partnership with Restless Collective (RC), a New York-based multimedia collective specializing in travel and adventure storytelling. For 30 days in July, we invited everyone to explore and interact with alfresco art anywhere: discovering it locally or traveling on summer vacation.

No Crystal Stair: African American Art

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ThumbnailIn a poem titled, "Mother to Son," Langston Hughes wrote of an African American woman's hardships, as she advises her son to never give up: "Well, son, I'll tell you:/Life for me ain't been no crystal stair..." Far from it. These steps have tacks, splinters and torn up boards. Sometimes the stairs are bare. It is these steps I was reminded of when I visited American Art's new exhibition, African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights, and Beyond, on view through September 3, 2012.

Getting Funky with American Art's Take 5!

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ThumbnailSummer is almost officially here, though it already feels like it when we step out of the crisp, cool corridors of the museum. In celebration of the sunshine and swelter, one of our public programs assistants, Laurel Fehrenbach, has some ultra funky sessions of our monthly jazz series, Take 5!, lined up for you. Eye Level grabbed Laurel on the fly to ask her about what's in store.

Fourth of July Journey Through American Art

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Media - 1974.118.12 - SAAM-1974.118.12_1 - 128184Whatever your plans for America's birthday, we have an artwork to fit. Pour yourself a lemonade, find a spot in the shade, and enjoy your holiday with a dash of American art.

American Art in a Global Context: Keynote

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Symposium: "Art in a Global Context" Thursday, September 28, 2006 Keynote Address Introduction: Ned Rifkin, Undersecretary for Art, Smithsonian Institution Presenter: Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Santayana's Boomerang and Barr's Torpedo: On the Unity of American Art" This three-day symposium looked at American art in a global context—from circum-Atlantic migrations in the eighteenth century to European training and travel in the late nineteenth century; from the export of U.S. culture and media in the twentieth century to the impact of immigration and globalization on the nation's visual arts in the new millennium. For more information: http://www.americanart.si.edu/research/symposia/2006/.

Museum: A Tale of Art, Life, and Everything In Between

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A photograph of two women in the gallery looking at art.A funny thing happened on the way to the museum...
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