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Painting with LED Light at the Renwick

January 27, 2016

"Years ago when we started looking at LEDs they just weren't ready for use in museums," says Scott Rosenfeld, lighting director at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery. In 2010, Rosenfeld set out to see what he could learn about LED lighting and apply it to the museum. All lighting within the galleries and public spaces in the recently renovated Renwick was converted to LED after extensive research, testing, and prototype development.


Video Games: SAAM's Indie Arcade

January 12, 2016

Chris Totten, a professor at American University's Game Lab, coordinator for January 16th's Indie Coast to Coast Competition as part of SAAM's Indie Arcade, and head of the Independent Game Developer's Association (IGDA's) D.C. chapter, recently wrote about the intersection of video games and art.


Picture This: A 360 Degree Wonder

December 29, 2015

Plexus A1, Gabriel Dawe, 2015, Photo by Mike Tuttle After a two year renovation, the opening of the Renwick Gallery and its inaugural exhibition, WONDER, have been a major success. The building has been updated to a 21st century elegance...


Eye Wonder: Ten Years of Blogging at SAAM

November 29, 2015

Ten years ago, November 29, 2005 to be exact, SAAM launched Eye Level, the first museum blog at the Smithsonian. It's given us the ability to tell stories and show people the museum from the inside out.


The Art of the Wikipedia Editathon

August 6, 2015

On July 25, two dozen volunteers spent their whole Saturday at SAAM working together on addressing some of gaps in high quality information about the arts by working on Wikipedia.