Stories for May 2013

Cleaning Up Our Cowboy

May 30, 2013

Vaquero, by Luis Jiménez This past week, the iconic sculpture Vaquero, which was modeled in 1980 and cast in 1990 by Luis Jiménez, received its annual cleaning by museum conservators. A year’s worth of acid rain, car exhaust, bird droppings...

Thomas Day: Man, Maker, Mogul

May 22, 2013

Thomas Day, Newel, 1855, Glass-Dameron House, North Carolina. Photo © Tim Buchman 2013 The elegant Grand Salon was the setting for a panel discussion on the many lives and interests of Thomas Day, the subject of the Renwick Gallery’s, Thomas...

Upcoming Cineconcert: Andrew E. Simpson and The Wind

May 16, 2013

On May 19th, composer and pianist Andrew E. Simpson will perform his original score for the 1928 silent film The Wind at a special afternoon screening at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. Lillian Gish, the "First...

Fabricating for an Exhibition: Jim Baxter and Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color

May 14, 2013

The exhibition Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color opened last month at the Renwick Gallery. Georgina Goodlander chatted with Jim Baxter, an exhibits specialist at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, who created architectural components inspired by Day's...

In This Case: Prairie Chicken

May 9, 2013

Kelly Trop interned at American Art from September 2012 to May 2013. She worked in the Public Programs office and Luce Foundation Center and wrote this post about her experience. Edward Kemeys' Prairie Chicken As an intern at the American...