Behind the Scenes

Finding a 19th Century Shortcut: The Body Casting of Hiram Powers’ Greek Slave

July 22, 2015

Karen Lemmey, SAAM's sculpture curator, has organized an installation entitled Measured Perfection: Hiram Powers' Greek Slave. Powers' Greek Slave was one of the most popular sculptures of the 19th century. As part of her preparation, Karen worked with Smithsonian X 3D, part of the Institution's Digitization program, to create a 3D model of the this sculpture. Karen continues to explain the process. You may also read her first post on creating a 3D model of the sculpture, as well as a piece about conserving the Greek Slave.

Smithsonian Horticulturalists Talk About American Art's Flora

April 17, 2014

Melanie Pyle and Joel Lemp are horticulturists with Smithsonian Gardens, and they lead tours through the garden growing in American Art's Kogod Courtyard. The natural beauty of the plants complements the art in our museum so well. This spring they...

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...