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Picture This: An Iconic Artwork by Alfredo Jaar

January 21, 2015

A few days ago, The Washington Post published an article about an iconic artwork by Alfredo Jaar: Life Magazine April 19, 1968. Jaar took a photograph of Martin Luther King's funeral from an issue of Life magazine and graphically depicted African Americans walking in the crowd behind King's coffin. You can see Jaar's artwork at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.


Picture This: Wood Turning a Tree From Our Kogod Courtyard

January 20, 2015

American Artist, Phil Brown, turns our museum's trees into beautiful art.


Picture This: The Installation of James Prosek's Mural

October 28, 2014

American Art's latest exhibition, The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art, opens this Friday, October 31. Here's a behind-the-scenes time lapse of the installation of James Prosek's mural.


Throwback Thursday: Picture This: Trees in our Kogod Courtyard

October 16, 2014

It's Throwback Thursday and today, we feature a photo I took in September 2007 as the last tree was lowered into our about-to-be opened Kogod Courtyard. The seventh anniversary of our covered courtyard is coming this November 18.


From Public Library to Public Gallery, Marvin Beerbohm's Automotive Industry Mural is Reinstalled

September 9, 2014

The polished machinery featured in Marvin Beerbohm's "Automotive Industry" mural will be shimmering a little brighter now that the mural has been treated by the American Art Museum's conservation department. The mural, which was previously located in Detroit's Public Library, was recently installed in the museum's first floor.