Behind the Scenes

Picture This: A Study for the Capitol

December 11, 2013

Chief conservator Tiarna Doherty studies x-radiographs of Constantino Brumidi's study for the Rotunda of the Capitol Building. Photography by Conor Doherty. You currently can see Constantino Brumidi's Study for the Apotheosis of Washington in the Rotunda of the United States...


Picture This: Last Chance to Visit the Renwick Gallery

December 5, 2013

The Renwick Gallery is about to undergo a major renovation. The last day the Renwick will be open to the public is Sunday, December 8. Be sure to stop by over the next few days to check out the two...


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...


Picture This: Behind-the-Scenes with Thomas Day, Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color

April 12, 2013

Exhibition specialist Jim Baxter, along with Work Study student Paige Johnson, install final touches to our latest exhibition: Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color up now through July 28, 2013. To see more of the installation, take...


Does a Sculpture Need Shoes?

February 5, 2013

Left: Members of American Art's conservation team make preparations to install Alexander Calder's sculpture Tableau Noir (The Blackboard). Right: Final installation of the sculpture. This one does because it's going outside! In order to protect against the outdoor elements, Hugh...