For Your Consideration: The Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery March 2016 Programs

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is the American People’s Museum; and there’s always something happening there to engage people and broaden their appreciation for art in all its forms. Most of the programs mentioned below is free to the public and very much worth attending.Smithsonian Logo

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Smithsonian American Art Museum March Programs

March 1 – Sketching: Draw and Discover!

Draw inspiration from artists’ sketches as well as the thousands of objects on display in the Luce Foundation Center of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, then spend time sketching in our workshop. Some materials provided; please bring a small sketchbook and pencils. Repeats weekly.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet at the Luce Foundation Center information desk

Tickets: None

March 2 – Lunder Behind the Scenes:

Irving Penn Gallery Talk

Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 5:30pm

Join John Jacob, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s McEvoy Family Curator for Photography, for a tour of the exhibition Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty. Jacob highlights some of the recent gifts to the museum from the Penn Foundation, including those Penn made during a 1940 road trip through the American South.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in G Street Lobby

Tickets: None

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D118128890

March 3 – Luce Unplugged: Color Palette

Hear a set from local band Color Palette inspired by a work in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Foundation Center. Luce staff will discuss the artwork selected by the band; libations and small snacks will be available for purchase from a cash bar. Presented with D.C. Music Download.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center

Tickets: Free; walk-in

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D118153226

March 8 – Sketching: Draw and Discover!

Draw inspiration from artists’ sketches as well as the thousands of objects on display in the Luce Foundation Center of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, then spend time sketching in our workshop. Some materials provided; please bring a small sketchbook and pencils. Repeats weekly.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet at the Luce Foundation Center information desk

Tickets: None

March 9 – Lunder Behind the Scenes

Learn how museum conservators use science, art history, and skilled hands to preserve objects from our collections in the Lunder Conservation Center. Group size is limited. Program repeats weekly.
Meet at the Luce Foundation Center Information Desk, Third-floor Mezzanine

Yoga in Luce

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 6-7:30pm

Bring your mat and relax with this new vinyasa yoga and art appreciation series at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Reflect on a work in the Luce Center and enjoy a one hour session led by a credentialed instructor.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center

Tickets: $10; Pre-register online.

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D118121237

March 10 Art Signs: ASL Gallery Talk

Thursday, March 10, 2016, 5:30pm

Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum for gallery conversations about artworks presented by an ASL gallery guide. For more information email wilsoncl@si.edu.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in F Street Lobby

Tickets: Free

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D117380301

March 12 – 21st Century Consort: Icons – Museum Day Live Family Celebration

Saturday, March 12, 2016, 10am – 2pm

Who runs the world? Girls! Help the Renwick Gallery celebrate women and girls of color and their many contributions to our communities with a day of live music, performances, and crafts. Part of Museum Day Live!, an initiative hosted by SmithsonianDigital to promote our nation’s dynamic heritage and cultural life with a day of free admission at participating museums across the country.

Location: Renwick Gallery, 2nd Floor, Grand Salon

Tickets: Free

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D118025148 

March 13—Steinway Series: Lisa Emenheiser and David Hardy

America InSight: Tours for Visitors Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision

Sunday, March 13, 2016, 1:30pm

Join a Smithsonian American Art Museum docent for a tour designed for visitors who are blind or have low vision.  Discover highlights of the collection through rich verbal description and discussion.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in F Street Lobby

Tickets: Free

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D117374997

March 15—Sketching: Draw and Discover!

WONDER Talk with Nicholas Bell and Lawrence Weschler

Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 5:30pm

Join Renwick Gallery curator-in-charge Nicholas Bell and scholar Lawrence Weschler as they share their thoughts on wonder and its role in our lives. Book signing to follow.

Location: Renwick Gallery, 2nd Floor, Grand Salon

Tickets: Free

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D118111734

March 16—Conservation of our Collection: Measured Perfection: Hiram Powers’ Greek Slave

Wednesday, March 16, 2016, noon

Join conservation technician Susan Edwards and sculpture curator Karen Lemmey for a gallery talk highlighting the materials used by Powers and the techniques used to treat the variety of artworks on view.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in G Street Lobby

Tickets: Free

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D118128833

WONDER! Gallery Talk with Nicholas Bell

Wednesday, March 16, 2016, noon

Join the Renwick Gallery’s curator-in-charge Nicholas Bell as he discusses WONDER and how the nine artists in the exhibition explore the theme. Book signing to follow.

Location: Renwick Gallery, 1st Floor, Meet at Information Desk

Tickets: Free; walk-in

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D118111807

March 17- America InSight: Verbal Description Tour

For Visitors Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision

Sunday, March 17, 2016, 3:30pm

Join a Smithsonian American Art Museum docent for a tour designed for visitors who are blind or have low vision.  Discover highlights of the collection through rich verbal description and discussion.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in F Street Lobby

Tickets: Free

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D117375535

Take 5! Americans in Paris, with the Danielle Wertz Quartet

Thursday, March 17, 2016, 5 – 7pm

Relax and Take 5! at the Smithsonian American Art Museum with free, live jazz in the Kogod Courtyard. Danielle Wertz and her quintet members celebrate Paris’s rich jazz legacy in light of the transatlantic influences in the Crosscurrents exhibition. Stop by the Courtyard Café for refreshments and borrow a board game to play during the concert, or paint your own canvas with the help of local artists from ArtJamz.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard

Tickets: Free

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D118057425

March 19—Luce Artist Talk with Annalisa Dias

Saturday, March 19, 2016, 1:30pm

Join Flashpoint Gallery‘s monthly exhibiting artist Annalisa Dias at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Foundation Center as she discusses her work with theater that addresses social injustices and how the medium can be used as a vehicle for social change.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet at the Luce Foundation Center Info Desk

Tickets: Free; walk-in

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D115173544

March 20—Closing-Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty

March 22 Handi-hour: Sketching: Draw and Discover!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 5:30pm

It’s bugs and beer for the Renwick Gallery‘s springtime Handi-hour! Visit Jennifer Angus’s In the Midnight Garden, and then make a bug magnet or brooch. Enjoy seasonal craft beer from Denizens Brewing Co. and live music from a local band while you work on your weaving. Must be 21 years of age or older.

Location: Renwick Gallery, 2nd Floor, Grand Salon

Tickets: $20 in advance or $25 at the door

Event Link:http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D117782250

March 23 Dicke Contemporary Artist Lecture with Amy Sillman

Friday, March 25, 2016, 6:30pm

Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum for a talk from artist Amy Sillman, who is acclaimed in the art world for her colorful paintings that combine figurative elements with abstraction. Sillman discusses how her work has evolved from large-scale paintings that incorporate humor to her recent experiments with animated works shown on an iPhone.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium

Tickets: Free

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D118113080

March 27—Art Signs: ASL Gallery Talk

Sunday, March 27, 2016, 1pm

Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum for gallery conversations about artworks presented by an ASL gallery guide. For more information email wilsoncl@si.edu.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in F Street Lobby

Tickets: Free

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D117375642

March 29—Sketching: Draw and Discover!

Draw inspiration from artists’ sketches as well as the thousands of objects on display in the Luce Foundation Center of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, then spend time sketching in our workshop. Some materials provided; please bring a small sketchbook and pencils. Repeats weekly.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet at the Luce Foundation Center information desk

Tickets: None

March 30—Crosscurrents, Romare Bearden Gallery Talk

Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 5:30pm

Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Public Programs Manager Nona Martin as she discusses the collages of Romare Bearden and how the artist expressed a powerful and personal narrative.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in G Street Lobby

Tickets: Free

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D118052758

March 31—American Louvre, Renwick Gallery History

Thursday, March 31, 2016, noon

Join architectural scholar and Smithsonian American Art Museum deputy director emeritus Charles Robertson at the Renwick Gallery as he discusses his book American Louvre and the impact of the Renwick building on art and architecture in the United States. Book signing to follow.

Location: Renwick Gallery, 2nd Floor, Grand Salon

Tickets: Free

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D118111901

Music/Film

Luce Unplugged: Color Palette

Thursday, March 3, 2016, talk at 5:30pm, music at 6pm

Hear a set from local band Color Palette inspired by a work in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Foundation Center. Luce staff will discuss the artwork selected by the band; libations and small snacks will be available for purchase from a cash bar. Presented with D.C. Music Download.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center

Tickets: Free; walk-in

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D118153226

21st Century Consort: Icons

Saturday, March 12, 2016, pre-concert discussion at 4pm, concert at 5pm

Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum for a program featuring works that have become icons of the Consort’s four decades and also resonate with icons of SAAM’s collection. This program features music by George Crumb and others, along with the bright new compositional voice of Andrea Clearfield.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium

Tickets: Free; walk-in

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D11733914

Steinway Series: Lisa Emenheiser and David Hardy

Sunday, March 13, 2016, 3pm

Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum as two avid musicians come together for an afternoon of exceptional music. David Hardy, the principal cellist of the National Symphony Orchestra and a founding member of the Kennedy Center Chamber Players, joins Lisa Emenheiser, the pianist of the 21st Century Consort and a performer with the National Symphony Orchestra for twenty-five years.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium

Tickets: Free; walk-in

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D118110147

Ongoing Programs:

Sketching: Draw and Discover!

Tuesdays, 2:30—4:30pm

Draw inspiration from artists’ sketches as well as the thousands of objects on display in the Luce Foundation Center of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, then spend time sketching in our workshop. Some materials provided; please bring a small sketchbook and pencils. Repeats weekly.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet at the Luce Foundation Center information desk

Tickets: None

Lunder Conservation Center Behind the Scenes

Wednesdays, 3 pm.

Learn how museum conservators use science, art history, and skilled hands to preserve objects from our collections in the Lunder Conservation Center. Group size is limited. Program repeats weekly.
Meet at the Luce Foundation Center Information Desk, Third-floor Mezzanine

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