Posts Tagged ‘Smithsonian American Art Museum’

Listen to a New America Hearts Song (Then Come See Them Tonight at the American Art Museum)

You are coming to the show we helped put together at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, aren't you? This evening's free Luce Unplugged showcase features sets from Lyriciss, More Humans, and America Hearts—plus, for the first hour, some free beer samples from Port City Brewing. Very cool.
Also cool: This new song that America Hearts sent us [...]

Hey! Come to Our Show at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on Friday

Hey, Mr./Ms. Educated Concertgoer. Need some early evening plans for Friday? Read on.
You'll recall that every month, the Luce Foundation Center hosts intimate concerts in its gorgeous space on the third floor of the American Art Museum. Last September, we helped plan a Luce Unplugged show featuring three of Arts Desk's favorite D.C. acts: Kokayi, [...]

Reviewed: “Pictures In the Parlor” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibition "Pictures in the Parlor" is a bit of an oddity. Nominally a photography show, it spotlights "decorative images" created between the 1840s and the 1930s—primarily portraits of family members—that were displayed in homes "to convey the values, aspirations, and achievements of their owners." The exhibit succeeds in rescuing a long-lived, [...]

The Deep Cuts of Mingering Mike

In 1968, Mingering Mike was just a shy kid living on Barnaby Terrace SE, but he was about to become a soul sensation. That was the year he released his debut LP, Sit’tin by the Window, the first among dozens of albums, 45s, and movie soundtracks he’d make over the next 10 years—including 15 in [...]

Mingering Mike Collection Acquired by the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Mingering Mike's career as a soul sensation didn't take any of the usual routes to superstardom, nor did his eventual appreciation as an outsider artist. In the 1960s and 1970s, Mike, a shy kid from D.C., produced dozens of albums, 45s, movie soundtracks, and liner notes—including 15 LPs in 1972 alone—corresponding with an elaborate mythology [...]

How the American Art Museum Acquired and Rehabilitated Nam June Paik’s Work

In 2002, when the Smithsonian American Art Museum acquired Nam June Paik’s "Electronic Superhighway,” a neon-outlined wall of televisions that forms a map of the United States, it didn't arrive in a truck or a van. Instead, it arrived in a box, in pieces: some electronics, videos, broken neon, and most surprisingly, no televisions.
Turns out, [...]

Openings: Chuck Close and “The Civil War and American Art”

What's new this weekend in local arts.
Get out and absorb a little art before the countdown to Thanksgiving face-cramming begins. A couple of must-see shows are opening this weekend.
Today at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, an exhibit opens that shows how famous American artists of the time period represented the Civil War and its aftermath. [...]

ToDo ToDay: Spooky Flicks! Discounted Pub Snacks!

It’s Oct. 10, so if you’re not thinking about your Halloween costume, you’re doing it wrong. Anyone in dire need of inspiration should head to the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival. The weeklong fest opens tonight with Excision, a flick about a high-school student who “retreats into her demented erotic fantasies of flesh, death, and [...]

Get the Gang Together, We’re Putting on a Show

What are you doing Friday, Sept. 14? Nothing? OK, we've got you covered.
Each month, the Smithsonian American Art Museum hosts Luce Unplugged, a best-kept-secret of a concert series that's featured stripped-down sets from great acts like John Davis, Birdlips, Deleted Scenes, Aaron Thompson, and more. The setting is the museum's intimate Luce Foundation Center for [...]

Vitamin A: David Haxton’s “Painting Room Lights”

In which one of our art critics highlights a favorite work on view in a local gallery.
A couple months ago, when the Smithsonian American Art Museum unveiled its video game show,  a little gallery next to the exhibit was closed for installation. The latest installation of "Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the [...]