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...

Experience the Smithsonian AIDS Memorial Quilt Panel

July 15, 2013

THe Quilt panel on display during the Smithsonian Staff Picnic on the National Mall The Smithsonian AIDS Memorial Quilt Panel will be displayed in the Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery on July 17th,...

Award Winning Art Signs

October 15, 2010

Last month the American Art Museum received a commendation for Art Signs OnLine from the international JODI Awards which recognize innovative uses of digital media to make museums, galleries, libraries, archives, and heritage venues more accessible to disabled people. Susan...

Our Man in Haiti

June 24, 2010

Hugh Shockey, one of American Art's conservators, recently returned from Haiti where he was helping to preserve some of the country's artworks after the recent earthquake there. Here is one of the reports he filed while he was there. For...

American Art Museum Helping Out in Haiti

June 10, 2010

Art damaged in the 2010 earthquake, awaiting conservation efforts. Photo by American Art's Hugh Shockey American Art's Mandy Young is receiving reports from our conservator, Hugh Shockey, who is in Haiti to help with the rehab of the country's artworks...