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Njideka Akunyili Crosby Wins the 2014 James Dicke Contemporary Artist Award

November 25, 2014

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is delighted to announce that Njideka Akunyili Crosby is the 2014 winner of our biennial James Dicke Contemporary Artist Prize. Akunyili Crosby was selected by an independent panel of jurors who wrote in their decision, "Her bold yet intimate paintings are among the most visually, conceptually, and technically exciting work being made today."


Film Premiere: Curious Worlds: The Art and Imagination of David Beck

November 11, 2014

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is screening a sneak preview of the film Curious Worlds: The Art and Imagination of David Beck, an artist featured in the exhibition, The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art, now on view.


Handi-Hour: Holy Crafting Happy Hour, Batman!

September 3, 2014

Handi-hour is finally back on Thursday, September 4. This time we are partnering with the Fantom Comics in Dupont Circle for a Handi-hour with comic book flare! Program coordinator Katie Crooks demonstrates her super power craft making in this round of Handi-hour how to videos; check them out below for a preview of some of the crafts we'll be making at the event.


Five Questions for Andrew Greene, Director of the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra

August 12, 2014

On August 16th at 2 p.m., the Smithsonian American Art Museum's and National Portrait Gallery's next Cine-Concert series features Andrew Greene, Director of the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra, performing his original score for the Buster Keaton classic College (1927, 66 minutes).


Surf's Up at American Art!

August 5, 2014

The dog days of summer and the beach beckons but can't get out of town? Well, American Art can help with that.