Recent Acquistions

Picture This: A Study for the Capitol

December 11, 2013

Chief conservator Tiarna Doherty studies x-radiographs of Constantino Brumidi's study for the Rotunda of the Capitol Building. Photography by Conor Doherty. You currently can see Constantino Brumidi's Study for the Apotheosis of Washington in the Rotunda of the United States...

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...

Celebrating Nam June Paik's Birthday

July 18, 2013

Takeshi Murata The artwork and ideas of Nam June Paik were a major influence on late twentieth-century art and continue to inspire a new generation of artists. Each year, the museum celebrates Paik's birthday on July 20 with a talk...


July 11, 2013

Cloud Music by Robert Watts, David Behrman and Bob Diamond (1974-79). © 1979, Robert Watts Estate, David Behrman, Bob Diamond. We often look up and imagine what clouds look like, but have you ever wondered what a cloud sounded like?...