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Stories for August 2011

Picture This: A Balancing Act

August 30, 2011

Photo via Flickr. © Pablo Benavente I can't stop looking at this photo: how perfectly the photographer captured the moment. A woman balances on a unicycle near a poster for The Great American Hall of Wonders, the current exhibition at...


New Acquisitions: Albert Pinkham Ryder's The Lorelei

August 25, 2011

Albert Pinkham Ryder's The Lorelei (top) and The Lovers' Boat (bottom) I first experienced Albert Pinkham Ryder's work through slides projected onto a dingy classroom wall and tiny images reprinted in my college textbook on nineteenth-century American art. Needless to...


Draw & Discover: Miniature Innovation

August 23, 2011

The Luce Foundation Center’s Mary Tait who leads the weekly sketching program, Draw & Discover, recently discovered that one of the regular participants, C. Pamela Palco, is a miniature artist. She paints miniature paintings (generally between 2" x 3" and...


The Art of Video Games: Five Questions for Chris Melissinos

August 18, 2011

Last month, we asked people to submit questions for Chris Melissinos, curator of The Art of Video Games exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. We received more than 85 great and thoughtful questions, so thank you to everyone that...


Luce Unplugged: Five Questions with Star FK Radium

August 16, 2011

Luce Unplugged is an acoustic concert series in the museum's Luce Foundation Center for American Art. The series brings in local talent to perform after an accompanying talk on an artwork chosen by the performing group. The series's first performance...