Posts Tagged ‘Smithsonian American Art Museum’

The Best Photographic Images of 2013

The best photographic images in D.C. museums and galleries this year offered a memorable confluence of visual elements, engaged in conceptual experimentation, and made clever use of atypical materials and techniques. They were not, in other words, antiquated. But among my five favorites, only one was made in 2013.
The others were from 1947, 1956, 1973, [...]

You! Come to Our Show With Janel and Anthony and Teen Mom at the American Art Museum

Here we are, a couple of days from the weekend, and you're looking for some musical happy-hour plans—good. On Friday, Washington City Paper is collaborating with the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Luce Foundation Center (not for the first time!) on this month's installment of the Luce Unplugged series. For the event, we picked two of our favorite [...]

Reviewed: “Landscapes In Passing” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

The open road is so quintessentially American that it verges on cliché. The Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibit "Landscapes In Passing" follows this well-traveled route, with mixed results.
The exhibit features works by three photographers—Robbert Flick, Elaine Mayes and Steve Fitch—each of whom documented America's landscape as seen from the automobile in the 1970s and early [...]

Reviewed: “A Democracy of Images” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

As it is for any exhibit that seeks to encapsulate an entire nation’s photographic culture, organization and scope pose a challenge for "A Democracy of Images: The Smithsonian American Art Museum," an exhibit that celebrates the 30th anniversary of the museum's photography collection.
To its credit, though, "A Democracy of Images" takes its "democratic" mandate pretty [...]

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, [...]