Stories for December 2007

Picture This: Bottle Caps at SAAM

December 26, 2007

A collection of post-holiday bottle caps? Not on your life! From our Flickr photo pool comes this photograph by Justin Hoffmann: a closeup of Bottlecap Giraffe, part of SAAM's folk art collection. The piece can be found "in captivity" in...

Transcending Time

December 20, 2007

Frank O’Hara was a poet near and dear to my heart. Born in Baltimore in 1926, he died tragically forty years later in an accident on Fire Island. The death of a poet is never a pretty thing, and this...

Ann Truitt: Poetry in Stillness

December 13, 2007

Ann Truitt's 17th Summer The other day I went searching for a painting on the third floor of the museum—nothing in particular, but something to quench my visual thirst, as it were. I walked into a room with a Helen...

Gertrude Was Right: Look for a Window

December 10, 2007

Gertrude by Red Grooms "I have always enjoyed going to museums," said Gertrude Stein, "because the view from museum windows is usually very pleasant.” At the time she was visiting the Phillips Collection here in Washington, D.C. Stein established one...

Pop Goes the Artist: James Rosenquist at SAAM

December 3, 2007

Interesting what happens when an artist speaks about his/her life and work: you get to see the other side of the canvas. As part of the Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art, James Rosenquist, an artist on the Pop...