20 posts tagged american art museum
What can you say about Nam June Paik? You’ve no doubt read my numerous comments over the last 2 years about how his retrospective at the Guggenheim many moons ago was one of my all time favorite museum shows; so there’s that. The new exhibition Nam June Paik: Global Visionary which opened last week at The American Art Museum gives yet another comprehensive look at his body of work (and vision) that escapes neat classification. This exhibition trailer gives just the slightest glimpse into the myriad reasons you should visit this show, but at least a glimpse is better than nothing at all.
Exhibition runs through August 2013. Also be sure to check out the extensive online resources for the Nam June Paik archive, exhibition programming and more at the link above.
As we commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, it’s worth watching this video from The American Art Museum on The Effects of the Civil War on American Art. This video is 1 out of 3 sessions. This is in conjunction with the The Civil War and American Art exhibit which opened 2 weeks ago.
It’s 2 hours long, and the scripted speaking styles of the presenters aren’t as dynamic as you’d want, but there’s a lot of great perspective and background on representations of slaves in art, tensions as reflected (or not) in works, how art institutions responded to the war and more in this video. There’s also some great information about representations of women in American art as well.
Also, check out the short podcasts on similar topics and the museum website with many other resources. The exhibit runs through April 2013.
Local artist (and winner of the 2012 Sondheim Artscape Prize) Renee Stout discusses her mixed-media work with Smithsonian’s American Art Museum conservator Hugh Shockey.
Craft is alive. Just ask anyone who knows what’s going on…and I mean that in a completely non-ironic way. You may only know about the hipster side of craft, so I beg you not to judge! 40 Under 40: Craft Futures, a new exhibit opening at the Renwick next week, does appear to give a glimpse of the future of handicrafts and traditional decorative art craft practices such as knitting, quilting, woodworking, ceramics and more.
The show features “40 artists born since 1972, the year the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s contemporary craft and decorative arts program was established at its branch museum, the Renwick Gallery.”
My favorite part of this as yet unseen exhibit is that the future has been announced via YouTube by the American Art Museum’s YouTube Channel which has short interesting videos that each of the participating artists were asked to make. Some personal favorites include Melanie Bilenker, Olek, Jen Stark, Daniel Michalik, and Cristina Cordova.
I am ready to be wowed by crafts! And thankful to the Smithsonian for doing something cool with video!
Opens July 20th at The American Art Museum at The Renwick and runs through February 3, 2013.
Cory Arcangel, Video Painting, 2008. Collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Cory Arcangel, who is included in “The Sports Show” at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Arcangel is best-known for his tweaks of video games and his media-based tricksterism.
Unlike a lot of video art, this piece is unique. See stills and more at Arcangel’s website. And wait, what’s that you’re saying… that Video Painting looked different when I posted it yesterday? Yup, exactly.
Last year the Whitney Museum of American Art hosted a show of new Arcangel work titled “Cory Arcangel: Pro Tools.” His work is in the collection of many museums, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
For the show’s second segment, I check in with the artist who held office hours in a former museum director’s office during her show. Zoe Strauss, whose exhibition “Ten Years” just closed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, explains how that unusual arrangement worked out. I wrote about my visit to her office here.
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3-2-1 BLAST OFF!
This exhibit at The American Art Museum on video games as both historical technology lesson and art medium has nerdfest and bong hits written all over it. And that means you are gonna need to prepare yourself for this show starting today.
Today (Tuesday, March 13th)
Reawaken your video game memories by watching movie versions of Tron, Super Mario Brothers, PacMan, Mortal Kombat, Modern Warfare trailers or the ultimate video game documentary: King of Kong!
Also, start hydrating.
Tomorrow (Wednesday, March 14th)
Nothing goes together better than video games and junk food. And photos of video game exhibits getting constructed. Go to 7-11 and sweep the snack aisle. Combos, Slim Jims, Cheetos—nothing is off limits. Get your salt on. Do some jumping jacks.
The Day After (Thursday, March 15th)
Because I know you’re trying to keep it critical, over-intellectualize the meaning of this show by reading:
Critical Theory, Political Economy and Game Studies: A Review of “Games of Empire: Global Capitalism and Video Games.”
Roger Ebert’s relationship with video games as art
Gamasutra’s (yeah, I said it) Art and Video Games: Intersections
Double your water intake and buy Gatorade for later.
The Night Before (Friday, March 16th)
The show opens today, but you best prep for one more day and hit the museum early Saturday morning. Your final step? PLAY SOME VIDEO GAMES!
At Home: PS3, PSP, XBOX, Wii, Nintendo, Plug-n-Play, Atari, whatever.
On the Town: The dreaded Dave & Busters, Pharmacy Bar and ???
Jackpot! (Saturday, March 17th)
Drink the Gatorade you bought earlier this week, shower, get dressed and get thee to the museum. Game on.
The Luce Foundation’s Unplugged series continues this Sunday, February 12, at 1:30pm at the American Art Museum with DC band The Torches. Since Sunday is Lincoln’s actual birthday, the band chose the painting Life Mask by Patricia Roberts (which is actually Lincoln’s death mask) for the pre-show artist talk.
John Davis of Title Tracks at Snithsonian’s American Art Museum as part of Luce Unplugged
Just learned about “Luce Unplugged”, an acoustic concert series sponsored by the Luce Foundation Center for the Arts that invites local area musicians to play after artist-led talks at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum.
Today, Sunday, December 18th at 1:30pm the artist talk will be on Claude Buck’s The Angel Israfel and followed by a performance from John Davis of Title Tracks. See you there!
Located at 8th and F St., NW (nearest metro is Gallery Place). Art talk meets in F Street Lobby at 1:30 p.m.; performance begins in Luce Foundation Center (third floor) at 2 p.m.
Kara Walker is EVERYWHERE lately. Her cut-paper silhouettes are included in 30 Americans at The Corcoran Gallery of Art (an exhibit featuring 31 African-American artists); a portrait of her is part of the National Portrait Gallery’s The Black List (a collection of 50 photographs of influential African-Americans); and now, one of her prints is at The American Art Museum as part of Multiplicity (featuring the work of over 80 printmaking artists).
I really enjoy her work, but If there’s a fourth exhibit that happens in the next few weeks, I’ll have to figure out what exactly to call it!