Stories for March 2009

John Waters on Cy Twombly

March 30, 2009

Letter of Resignation XXXI by Cy Twombly, 1967, © Cy Twombly "You make me feel so respectable," writer and filmmaker John Waters wryly remarked after a rousing welcome to the Smithsonian American Art Museum, then added, "We'll see what we...


Ray Strong Paints the Golden Gate Bridge

March 26, 2009

Ray Strong, Golden Gate Bridge, 1934, oil, 44 1/8 x 71 3/4 in., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 1965.18.50 Unidentified Photographer, [Ray Strong painting the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco,...


Cory Arcangel and Media Arts at American Art

March 11, 2009

Cory Arcangel, installation view of Super Mario Movie, 2005 Not having grown up a joystick jockey, Cory Arcangel's lecture and work, presented at the American Art Museum on Thursday March 5, helped me ‘get' video games for the first time....


In this Case: Fill the Gap!

March 11, 2009

Roger Medearis' Judith, our first pick for Fill the Gap! suggested by citizen curator Jeanne Kramer-Smyth Inspired by the recent Smithsonian 2.0 conference, we've been thinking about new ways to engage visitors to the Luce Foundation Center in a conversation....


1934 All Over Again

March 5, 2009

Beulah R. Bettersworth, Christopher Street, Greenwich Village, 1934, oil, 30 1/8 x 24 1/4 in., Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service 1965.18.7 Two things immediately struck me about the new exhibition...