New Acquisitions

Video Games: Now A Part of American Art's Collection

December 17, 2013

Flower (2009) by Jenova Chen and Kellee Santiago of thatgamecompany Though relatively new as a medium, the brief history of video games already includes several generations of both games and gamers. The rapid evolution of technology and the enormous cultural...


Penn on Paper: Acquiring 100 Masterworks by Irving Penn

August 9, 2013

Irving Penn, Dior Black Suit (Tania), Paris, 1950, gelatin silver print Copyright © by The Irving Penn Foundation Mud-Glove is one of the images currently on view in A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Taken...


Mingering Mike: Just for the Record

February 26, 2013

Eye Level had a chance to speak with Leslie Umberger, curator of folk and self-taught art, about the museum's recent acquisition of the Mingering Mike collection, comprised of well over one hundred pieces of musical ephemera made between 1965 and...


New Acquisitions: Albert Pinkham Ryder's The Lorelei

August 25, 2011

Albert Pinkham Ryder's The Lorelei (top) and The Lovers' Boat (bottom) I first experienced Albert Pinkham Ryder's work through slides projected onto a dingy classroom wall and tiny images reprinted in my college textbook on nineteenth-century American art. Needless to...


New Acquisition: On The Road with Allan D'Arcangelo's US Highway 1

August 9, 2011

Allan D'Arcangelo's US Highway 1 US Highway 1 was acquired by American Art earlier this year. This post is part of an ongoing series spotlighting works that have been recently added to the collection. What is it about the open...