Stories for August 2012

Why I Am Not a Painter: on Michael Goldberg's Sardines

August 30, 2012

Michael Goldberg's Sardines "I am not a painter, I am a poet," begins Frank O'Hara's poem, Why I Am Not a Painter written in 1957. He continues, "Why? I think I would rather be/ a painter, but I am not....

Q and Art: Abstract Expressionism

August 28, 2012

This post is part of an ongoing series on Eye Level: "Q and Art," where American Art's Research department brings you interesting questions and answers about art and artists from our archive. Clyfford Still's 1946-H (Indian Red and Black) Question:...

Acupuncture: Pitchfork Style

August 23, 2012

John William "Uncle Jack" Dey's Acupuncture Pitchfork Style Amelia Cornfield was an intern in the Media and Technology Office this summer, where she worked on a variety of web and social media projects. She loves the Luce Foundation Center, and...


August 21, 2012

Jacob Lawrence's Bar and Grill. These warm August afternoons often make me step inside of American Art not just to cool off, but to have an ah-ha moment with something that strikes me inside the museum: person or painting. Maybe...

Preparing for Our America: Raphael Montañez-Ortiz Deconstructs the Western

August 14, 2012

Cowboy and "Indian" Film by Raphael Montañez-Ortiz Summertime at the Smithsonian American Art Museum usually means a crop of college and graduate students to assist our scholars with research and exhibition projects. This summer, Orquidea Morales, a graduate student in...