Stories for December 2013

Museum: A Tale of Art, Life and Everything In Between

December 30, 2013

Nam June Paik, Untitled (Newspaper Drawings), 1990s, oil stick on printed newsprint, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift to the Nam June Paik Archive from the Nam June Paik Estate My favorite new story comes from the writings of poet Naomi...


In this Case: Patent Models

December 24, 2013

Mousetrap, one of the patent models now in American Art's collection. You can't take a tour of the American Art Museum without your guide telling you that this magnificent gem of a building was originally home to the Patent Office....


Latino Art Now! Nuestra América: Expanding Perspectives in American Art

December 19, 2013

Curatorial assistant Florencia Bazzano-Nelson recaps Latino Art Now! Nuestra América: Expanding Perspectives in American Art, a conference held on November 7-9, 2013 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian. Presented in conjunction with...


Video Games: Now A Part of American Art's Collection

December 17, 2013

Flower (2009) by Jenova Chen and Kellee Santiago of thatgamecompany Though relatively new as a medium, the brief history of video games already includes several generations of both games and gamers. The rapid evolution of technology and the enormous cultural...


Q and Art: Luce Center Edition

December 17, 2013

The Luce Foundation Center is joining our series Q and Art, where we delve into the inner workings of the museum and its collection. This is the first post where we will ask resident experts from the American Art staff...