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 ]
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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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
What's it like going on a verbal description "InSight" tour at SAAM? Lots of descriptive words, sometimes music, get ready to touch something, and—sometimes—you'll be asked to imagine biting into a ripe strawberry.

Blind Art Lovers Make The Most Of Museum Visits With 'InSight' Tours
It's National Bird Day, so here are some of the brightest, cheekiest birds in our collection to mark the occasion.

Can't get enough? Take a gander at the rest → [ Link ] #atSAAM #NationalBirdDay
Happy Birthday to Marsden Hartley, born on this day in 1877! An artist and writer, Hartley studied in New York under William Merritt Chase and later spent time in Paris, London, Munich, and Berlin. On a trip to Mexico in 1932 on a Guggenheim Fellowship, Hartley incorporated local geography and European medieval cosmology into this painting of an active volcano rising against the sun.
Happy New Year to you and yours!
Sometimes the only answer is a cute cat.
What does it take to make a stone sculpture that incorporates flowing water ready for a gallery setting? Our conservators were ready for the challenge.

Isamu Noguchi: Watering the Art
Merry Christmas!
SAAM and the Renwick Gallery are closed today, December 25th, and reopen tomorrow.
Carl Newman, "Spirit of Christmas," ca. 1915-1920 → [ Link ]

#MerryChristmas #atSAAM #RenwickGallery
In DC for the holidays? Here are ten art exhibitions for you to explore—including "Gene Davis: Hot Beat" and "Isamu Noguchi, Archaic/Modern" #atSAAM & "Visions and Revisions" at the #RenwickGallery ↓

Ten Exhibitions to See in Washington, D.C. Over the Holidays