Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery April 2016 Programs

Program location is noted with each program. Programs are free and open to the public unless ticket information is noted.

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Art Talks and Activities

Yoga in Luce

Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 6 – 7:30pm

Bring your mat and relax with this vinyasa yoga and art appreciation series in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Foundation Center. Participants will be invited to reflect on a Luce Center artwork of their choosing before a credentialed instructor from Flow Yoga Center leads a one hour, all levels class.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center

Tickets: $10, Must pre-register online

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D118351429 

Art Signs: ASL Gallery Talk

Thursday, April 14, 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%3D117380432

Artist Talk with Janet Echelman

Saturday, April 16, 2016, 2pm

Hear artist Janet Echelman discuss her immersive work 1.8, a suspended net that surges across the Renwick Gallery’s Grand Salon in waves evoking a tsunami. Echelman discusses how she creates her woven pieces and how the Renwick’s architecture inspired this work.

Location: Renwick Gallery, 2nd Floor

Tickets: Free

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D118112327

Luce Artist Talk with Soomin Ham

Sunday, April 17, 2016, 1:30pm

Join Flashpoint Gallery’s exhibiting artist Soomin Ham at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Foundation Center as she discusses her work in photography and mixed media and where it falls in the progression of art history.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center

Tickets: Free

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D115173557

Artist Talk with Eric Serritella

Sunday, April 17, 2016, 2pm

Hear a talk at the Renwick Gallery from ceramicist Eric Serritella, whose trompe l’oeil works challenge ideas about nature and the environment. He discusses the variety of processes he uses, including the wheel, hand-building techniques, carving, and firing.

Location: Renwick Gallery, 2nd Floor

Tickets: Free

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D118112383

WONDER Gallery Talk with Seán Brady

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, noon

Get a closer look at Jennifer Angus’s Renwick Galleryinstallation In the Midnight Garden with a talk from Seán Brady, chair of the Entomology Department at the National Museum of Natural History.

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

Tickets: Free

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D118112396

America InSight: Verbal Description Tour

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 3:30pm

Join a docent-led tour of the Smithsonian American Art Museum designed for visitors who are blind or have low vision. Discover highlights of the collection through rich verbal description and sensory 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%3D117375523

Art Signs: ASL Gallery Talk

Sunday, April 24, 2016, 1pm

Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum for gallery conversations presented by a volunteer ASL gallery guide. For more information, go to americanart.si.edu or 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%3D117375916

Music/Film

Steinway Series, DUO STEPHANIE & SAAR

Sunday, April 10, 2016, 3pm

Hear pianists Stephanie Ho and Saar Ahuvia, who collaborate as DUO STEPHANIE & SAAR, play a four-hand performance at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. With a repertoire spanning periods from the Baroque to the contemporary, these artists have been praised by the New York Times for their “beautifully understated playing.”

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium

Tickets: Free

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D118110699

National Cherry Blossom Festival Film Screenings

Saturday, April 16, 2016, 1pm

Celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival with a festival of popular Japanese films presented by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Freer|Sackler museums. Visit http://www.asia.si.edu/events/films.asp for complete schedule information.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium

Tickets: Free

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D118127774

Take 5! Todd Marcus Quintet

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 5 – 7pm

Relax and Take 5! with free, live jazz in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Kogod Courtyard. Todd Marcus, an award-winning bass clarinetist and composer, draws on Middle Eastern influences from his Egyptian-American heritage and pays homage to his early influences John Coltrane and Eric Dolphy. 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%3D118058002

Happy Birthday Ella

Saturday, April 23, 2016, 2 – 4pm

Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month by joining the Smithsonian American Art Museum in its annual birthday salute to Ella Fitzgerald. The Smithsonian Masterworks Jazz Ensemble recognizes Fitzgerald’s rich repertoire by performing works that span her extensive career and highlight the timelessness of her work.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard

Tickets: Free

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D118339339

Luce Unplugged: Humble Fire

Thursday, April 28, 2016, talk at 5:30pm, music at 6pm

Catch a set from local dream-rock band Humble Fire in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Foundation Center, presented with D.C. Music Download. Come at 5:30 for an art talk on a work selected by the band, then hear them perform at 6 p.m. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase from a cash bar.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard

Tickets: Free

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D118351733

21st Century Consort: Imaginary Landscapes

Saturday, April 30, 2016, discussion at 4pm, concert at 5pm

Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum as the 21st Century Consort explores the imaginary landscapes invented by artists and composers alike, with works by Stephen Albert, Shulamit Ran, and Paul Schoenfield.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium

Tickets: Free

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D117339156

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 p.m.

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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