Stories for February 2011

Picture This: A Family Day for the Presidents

February 24, 2011

Laurel Fehrenbach, public programs assistant here at American Art, reports on our Presidential Family Fun Day, held last weekend. Madame President? How did you spend Presidents' Day? The American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery teamed up to present a...


Five Questions with Thomas Lovejoy

February 22, 2011

Alexis Rockman, Cataclysm, 2003, Oil and acrylic on wood, Collection of Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond Learsy, © Alexis Rockman, Photo courtesy of the artist In conjunction with the exhibition Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow, the American Art Museum presents...


The Art of Video Games: Vote Now!

February 18, 2011

On March 16, 2012, the Smithsonian American Art Museum will open The Art of Video Games, a major exhibition that will explore the forty-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium. We're working with curator Chris Melissinos to develop...


Jasper Johns Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

February 17, 2011

Jasper Johns's Souvenir Jasper Johns, one of our favorite artists renowned for his paintings and printmaking, received the Medal of Freedom Tuesday night from President Obama. At eighty years old, Johns is perhaps best known for his images of targets...


5 Questions (and a Bonus) with the 21st Century Consort

February 9, 2011

Christopher Kendall, Dean and Paul Boylan Collegiate Professor of Music of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, leads the musical ensemble, 21st Century Consort, which is in residence at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, in a...