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Lectures on American Art

April Gornik: Cloudy with a Chance of Clouds

April 8, 2014

April Gornik's Virga The weather in American Art's Lincoln Gallery has gotten a bit cloudier, thanks to the addition of April Gornik's 1992 painting, Virga. Its dramatic swirls of cumulus that dip like a crow's wing over troubled water depict...


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...


What's LOVE Got to do with it?: Barbara Haskell on Robert Indiana

November 26, 2013

Robert Indiana's Love Remember when LOVE was all the rage, as opposed to social media's lukewarm, one-size-fits-all, "Like"? Robert Indiana's iconic Pop image from 1970 seemed to sum up the era in its message as well as its delivery: bright...


Clarice Smith Lecture: Richard Lacayo on the Art of Growing Older

November 13, 2013

Edward Hopper's People in the Sun Time magazine art critic Richard Lacayo spoke the other evening on the work and lives of aging artists as the second speaker in this year's Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art. In a...


Teresita Fernández: Bamboo Cinema, Blind Landscape, and Stacked Waters

October 21, 2013

Teresita Fernández's Nocturnal (Horizon Line). Click image for larger view. Teresita Fernández's Nocturnal (Horizon Line), installed in the third floor galleries of American Art, strikes the viewer for both its beauty and its weight, as this piece is made of...