A pair of vivid red Cardinal Grosbeaks to herald the birthday of American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter John James Audubon, who was born on this day in 1785. Audubon developed his own methods for depicting North American birds, taking care to show them in naturalistic settings and—a challenge especially for larger species—life size.
A pair of vivid red Cardinal Grosbeaks to herald the birthday of
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Diana Gilliland Wright
With its floor-to-ceiling glass walls on the top floors of the museum, our conservation center is the perfect place for visitors to catch a glimpse of someone cleaning a painting or caring for a sculpture. Not all work happens in the labs, and we wanted to know—when it looks like no one is around, "where is everyone?"
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"The ability to communicate in one's natural language is powerful."
Deaf volunteers take the lead in SAAM's Art Signs program—giving tours in American Sign Language and leading conversations about art in the museum.
Staff and volunteers remember the genesis of this program and reflect on its impact → [ S.si.edu Link ]
"The ability to communicate in one's natural language is powerful"
Today is Slow Art Day, a reminder for art lovers to slow down, look closely, and make new discoveries.

Here are a few paintings to ponder at your leisure. What do you first notice?

After a few minutes?

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Today is Slow Art Day a reminder for art lovers to slow
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June Schwarcz was a true pioneer, experimenting with materials, defying tradition, and quietly breaking all the rules. She continually broke ground in a field dominated by men and created a new vision for enameling, bringing power and beauty to the medium.

Here's a peek at June Schwarcz: Invention and Variation at the #RenwickGallery ↓
June Schwarcz was a true pioneer experimenting with materials defying tradition and
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Let's close out Women's History Month with a few more names for your lists of #5WomenArtists. Paintings, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, fiber arts and more, here are just a few of the artworks by women artists on view at SAAM and the Renwick Gallery right now. Did you learn any new names this month? Or anything new about your old favorites?

Beatrice Wood
Lilly Martin Spencer
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Lets close out Womens History Month with a few more names for
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Museums in real life versus virtual reality: is anything better than the real thing, and how does VR feed curiosity?
Museums in real life versus virtual reality is anything better than the

Museums embrace virtual reality

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Mary Vaux Walcott painted hundreds of these flower studies, an interest that began as a child with the gift of her first watercolor set, developed during family vacations, and flourished on outdoor excursions as adult. At the urging of botanists and wildflower enthusiasts, a selection of four hundred of her illustrations was published in 1925 by the Smithsonian in a five-volume edition titled...
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Mary Vaux Walcott painted hundreds of these flower studies an interest that
Come celebrate the best (and pinkest) time of the year with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery, & Brightest Young Things by getting your yoga on in the incredibly instagrammable Kogod Courtyard. Enjoy a free Vinyasa yoga class taught by Ahmed Jabali-Nash! All levels welcome. Stop by the Courtyard Café for post yoga...
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Come celebrate the best and pinkest time of the year with the

Cherry Blossom Yoga in the Kogod Courtyard

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Feeling green?

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Feeling green 

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Join us and take part in the annual international campaign to improve coverage of women, art, and feminism on Wikipedia. Beginners are welcome! Wikipedia training will be provided. Connect with the museum and the movement with the hashtags #atSAAM #artandfeminism #noweditingAF and #GLAMwiki!

This is a hands-on event: bring a laptop to participate.

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Join us and take part in the annual international campaign to improve

Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon: Art + Feminism

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Both SAAM and the Renwick Gallery will open today at noon.
Both SAAM and the Renwick Gallery will open today at noon
With predictions of heavy snow in the forecast, we have decided to cancel the March 14 presentation of Contemporary Art Crash Course—Creative Capital. The program is rescheduled for Tuesday, June 6 → [ S.si.edu Link ]
SAAM's Contemporary Art Crash Course provides the tools and vocabulary for understanding the work of individual artists and popular artistic trends. In this session, Joanna...
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With predictions of heavy snow in the forecast we have decided to
Join Lena Seikaly and Danielle Wertz, two of DC’s top jazz vocalists, as they pay homage to female jazz icons as part of Women’s History Month. They present songs inspired by women featured in the exhibition "Harlem Heroes"—including Ethel Waters, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, and more— with a sextet of all-star musicians and original arrangements.

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Join Lena Seikaly and Danielle Wertz two of DCs top jazz vocalists

Take 5! Lena Seikaly & Danielle Wertz Celebrate Women in Jazz

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“[The artist’s] painting expresses the love of life, the form and color of life—a vibrating response to its powerful energy.”

A founding member of the American Abstract Artists, Rosalind Bengelsdorf was an artist, writer, and teacher who championed abstraction in all areas of her work. As a teenager she studied at the Art Student's League and later studied with Hans Hoffmann. Read more about...
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The artists painting expresses the love of life the form and color
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Leslie Kuris
Can you name #5WomenArtists?* Throughout the month of March we are joining National Museum of Women in the Arts to highlight women artists and work created by women to highlight gender imbalance in the art world, and hope you will join us, too.
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Here are five to kick off Women's History Month → Alma Thomas, Alice Pike Barney, Georgia O'Keeffe, Romaine Brooks, and Joan...
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Can you name 5WomenArtists Throughout the month of March we are joining
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From Loïs Mailou Jones to Maren Hassinger, Alma Thomas to Laura Wheeler Waring, delve into the stories and explore the work of these nine American artists.
From Loïs Mailou Jones to Maren Hassinger Alma Thomas to Laura Wheeler

Museums Celebrate The Black Women Artists History Has Overlooked

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Donald Mrkacek
Debra Wood
Rafael Alfonso Alfaro Garcia
Sometimes a shared moment sparks a conversation. Sometimes it's a Missed Connection. Sometimes we imagine missed connections in art. Because it's #ValentinesDay → [ S.si.edu Link ]

Lily Furedi, "Subway," 1934 → [ S.si.edu Link ]
Sometimes a shared moment sparks a conversation Sometimes its a Missed Connection
Laurie Landis Tafoya
Nathan Smith
Drummer Nasar Abadey and his quartet celebrate the great Eric Dolphy, a prolific composer as well as an accomplished performer on alto saxophone, bass clarinet, and flute. This evening’s concert focuses primarily on Dolphy’s later work, including his legendary Blue Note recording, Out To Lunch.

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Drummer Nasar Abadey and his quartet celebrate the great Eric Dolphy a

Take 5! Nasar Abadey

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Sure, the title of this painting makes sense: "Still Life With Peonies." This is a still life with a personal twist—there's a special significance to these exuberant blooms. James A. Porter centered his canvas on the bouquet carried by his wife Dorothy when she was honored at Howard University in 1947.

Curious about the painting the artist tucked in the bottom right corner? → [ S.si.edu Link...
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Sure the title of this painting makes sense Still Life With Peonies
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Erin Corrales-Diaz