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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?"


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.


Remembering James Rosenquist

April 4, 2017

Pop artist James Rosenquist, who died last week at the age of 83, created large canvases that were influenced by his early years as a sign painter in Minnesota and New York City. (A contemporaneous article referred to him as "the billboard Michelangelo who spills paint on tourists below").


Ryders on the Storm: Celebrating the Art of Albert Pinkham Ryder

March 28, 2017

Before Betsy Broun retired from the helm of the Smithsonian American Art Museum last fall, she gave a talk where she revealed her top ten works (ok, seventeen works) of art in the collection, beginning with Albert Pinkham Ryder's Jonah. Ryder, who died one hundred years ago today, was an artist close to Broun's heart and the subject of a book she published in 1989.


The Renwick Gallery and the Space in Between

March 23, 2017

For more than a year, Janet Echelman's woven sculpture 1.8 Renwick has beckoned people into the Grand Salon. Suspended high above, the billowing nets transform the space. At once an artwork and an experience, people walk around the room as colors projected on the hand-knotted nets shift, or stretch out on the floor for a new view and a moment of peace.