Stories for August 2007

Popular Music, Popular Art

August 31, 2007

Song siren Laura Burhenn with SAAM's Harry Bertoia American art makes a few surprise appearances in popular music this week: James Hampton's Throne Of The Third Heaven Of The Nations Millennium General Assembly is discussed in SAAM's latest podcast on...


August 21, 2007

Left: Dennis Burlingame's Snake Charmer from SAAM's collection. Right: Sketching workshop participant Arielle Sandor's interpretation. When we talk about creating Web sites or interpretive materials for the museum I always think about promoting the idea that artists aren't a clan...

Newsweek lists our Earl Cunningham show as a must see.

August 15, 2007

Newsweek lists our Earl Cunningham show as a must see. I didn't purchase the professional version of Smithsonian Radar when I signed on for this job ten years ago (that's reserved for our Public Affairs department who scours newspapers and...

Bison Bladders

August 10, 2007

A big box of bison bladders, similar to the kind George Catlin used to store his paints. If his brush stroke doesn't tip you off, his subject matter will. And if by the subject matter you can't tell that George...

Lucelia Artist Award Class of 2007

August 3, 2007

This year marks the seventh Lucelia Artist Award, an annual award in which the Smithsonian American Art Museum recognizes an artist under age 50 for his or her contribution to contemporary art. Funded by the New York–based Lucelia Foundation, the...