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Stories for April 2017

Ella Fitzgerald Turns 100: Five Questions with Vocalist Sharón Clark

April 27, 2017

On April 25, 1917, one of the most iconic vocalists of our time was born—Ella Fitzgerald. This year, the world celebrates the centennial of the "First Lady of Song" and the legacy Ella left behind. For the eighth year in a row, the Smithsonian American Art Museum will fill its Kogod Courtyard with a celebration of her music on Saturday, April 29.


Luce Unplugged Community Showcase: Five Questions with Coup Sauvage & the Snips

April 25, 2017

As the warm weather rolls into DC, so does our Spring Luce Unplugged Community Showcase. This Friday, April 28, get ready to dance with performances by Coup Sauvage & the Snips and Janel Leppin.


Where Is Everybody? Behind-the-Scenes in the Lunder Conservation Center

April 19, 2017

One of the questions we hear most often from visitors to the Lunder Conservation Center is "where are the conservators?"


At SAAM, Deaf Guides Take the Lead With Art Signs

April 13, 2017

As Emily Blachly leads a group of adults in discussing a 19th-century landscape in SAAM’s galleries, several visitors passing through the second floor hallway pause with interest. Two people stop to join the conversation. This is not an unusual occurrence for anyone who gives tours at SAAM, but Blachly’s gallery talk is especially intriguing for a visitor to encounter — she was speaking with her hands.


Creative Disruption: June Schwarcz and Peter Voulkos at the Renwick

April 11, 2017

At first glance, the objects on display at SAAM's Renwick Gallery by June Schwarcz and Peter Voulkos couldn't be more different. Schwarcz's enamel work is precise and almost ethereal, while Voulkos's pots and sculptures are weighty and improvisational. But both artists had a powerful impact in the art world, defying convention and breaking all the rules of their traditional media.