Museums in real life versus virtual reality: is anything better than the real thing, and how does VR feed curiosity?

Museums embrace virtual reality
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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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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Cherry Blossom Yoga in the Kogod Courtyard

Feeling green?

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.

Please RSVP on the event page → [...
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Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon: Art + Feminism

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 → [ 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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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.

FREE Admission

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

“[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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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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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.

Museums Celebrate The Black Women Artists History Has Overlooked
Sometimes a shared moment sparks a conversation. Sometimes it's a Missed Connection. Sometimes we imagine missed connections in art. Because it's #ValentinesDay → [ Link ]

Lily Furedi, "Subway," 1934 → [ Link ]
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.

FREE admission

Kogod Courtyard
Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th & G Streets NW, Washington,...
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Take 5! Nasar Abadey

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? → [ Link...
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This film is the first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present.
Directed by Thomas Allen Harris; not rated (90 minutes, 2015).

It will be preceded by a short film, "Black art, Black Artists" (6 minutes; 1971).

Photography curator for the Smithsonian National Museum of African...
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Movies at SAAM: Though a Lens Darkly

Let's start Black History Month with Edmonia Lewis. Today's Google Doodle shows the artist carving "The Death of Cleopatra," a sculpture that was presumed lost for nearly a century. Lewis was unique among sculptors of her generation as she completed most of her work without assistance. Learn more about her life and work → [ Link ] #BlackHistoryMonth
“This is a dream position,” Stebich said. “This is an institution I’ve always admired, one of the jewels in the Smithsonian crown.”

Smithsonian American Art Museum appoints new director
"We often come to a museum to let a work of art find us, whether it be to fix a broken heart, a troubled soul, or even a failing body." Reflections on the theme of healing in art, and art as a catalyst for healing.

Seeing Things (17): Art and Healing
It's 1969. You've reduced painting to stripes of color. What's next? How about 50 identical paintings?

Remembering the Gene Davis Giveaway, a colorful high point of D.C.’s art scene