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Abe Pollin's Home Run

December 10, 2009

Alex Katz's The Swimmer Abe Pollin changed the face of downtown D.C. when he opened the MCI (now Verizon) Center over a decade ago in Gallery Place, across the street from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The new building was...


The Holidays at the Renwick

December 8, 2009

Handmade ornaments made by the Society of Decorative Painters. This year the Smithsonian American Art Museum is displaying a decorated holiday tree at its Renwick Gallery, the museum’s branch for contemporary craft and decorative arts. The 15-foot, 1,000-pound, bulbed Douglas...


Season's Greetings

December 4, 2009

Mario Carreño holiday card to Enrique Riverón, 1930. Enrique Riverón papers, 1918--1990s. Collection of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art Season's Greetings, an exhibition from the Archives of American Art, features holiday cards made by artists, many of whose works...


Over the Edge with Martin Kotler

December 1, 2009

This Stanford White tabernacle-style frame was designed specifically for Abbott Thayer's Angel. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but doesn't the frame have an equally interesting story to tell? Martin Kotler, frames conservator at American Art, led an...