New Acquisitions

New Acquisitions: Purvis Young's The Struggle

July 9, 2014

American Art's curator of folk and self-taught art, Leslie Umberger, talks about the museum's recent acquisition of a major painting by Purvis Young, The Struggle. The artwork can be seen in the museum's east wing gallery on the third floor.


New Acquisitions: Donald Judd's Untitled

May 20, 2014

American Art's sculpture curator, Karen Lemmey, talks about the museum's recent acquisition by Donald Judd. Donald Judd's Untitled Recently, American Art acquired a sculpture by Donald Judd, Untitled. Judd is among the foremost American artists associated with the Minimalist movement...


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...