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Smithsonian American Art Museum November 2021 Events

November 14, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - November 17, 2021 @ 7:30 pm UTC+0

Beyond the Studio Virtual Workshop: Linocut Printing with Rose Jaffe
Sunday, November 14, 1 p.m. ET
Learn how to prep, carve, and print spectacular custom designs during this virtual workshop with DC-based painter, printmaker, and muralist Rose Jaffe. Jaffe is an artist dedicated to harnessing the power of creativity to find connections, build community, spark conversation, and create social change. She has become well known for her eye-catching murals across the United States and around the world, and she has created over twenty murals in DC, including the popular portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Her work has been featured by The Washington Post, Washington City Paper, NBC, and CNN.
Please note that space is limited for this program, and registration is required. Participants must register by 7 p.m. ET on October 24.
Location: Online
Tickets: $15 | Registration Required via Eventbrite
Clarice Smith Virtual Lecture with Richard Powell
Wednesday, November 17, 6:30 p.m. ET
Discover the magnificent Scandinavian landscapes and other European-based paintings created by celebrated Harlem Renaissance painter William H. Johnson. Take a deep dive into this often overlooked and misunderstood period in Johnson’s life and work with leading scholar Richard Powell. By comparing these paintings with Johnson’s well-known artworks of African Americans, Powell introduces a new understanding of the artist’s enthusiasm for his expressive and rapturous subject matter. This virtual lecture examines the breadth and radical inventiveness of this singular artist’s work and pays particular attention to Johnson’s interpretations of international Expressionism in painting, and to ideas discussed by philosopher Alain Locke on a post–Harlem Renaissance racial “Reformation.”
Richard Powell is the John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art & Art History at Duke University, where he has taught since 1989. Along with teaching courses in American art, the arts of the African Diaspora, and contemporary visual studies, Powell has curated nationally touring exhibitions and written extensively on topics ranging from primitivism to postmodernism. Powell wrote the catalogue that accompanied SAAM’s nationally touring exhibition Homecoming: The Art and Life of William H. Johnson (1991). He is the author of Black Art: A Cultural History (1997, 2002, & 2021), Cutting a Figure: Fashioning Black Portraiture (2008), and Going There: Black Visual Satire (2020).
This program is part of our annual Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art series, which presents new insights into American art from the perspectives of outstanding artists, critics, and scholars. The series is made possible by the generosity of Clarice Smith.
Location: Online
Tickets: Free | Registration Required via Eventbrite
About the Smithsonian American Art Museum
The Smithsonian American Art Museum is home to one of the most significant and inclusive collections of American art in the world. Its artworks reveal America’s rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today. The museum’s main building is located at Eighth and G streets N.W., above the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail station, and is open 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Its Renwick Gallery, a branch museum dedicated to contemporary craft and decorative arts, is located on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W. and is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday Admission is free. Follow the museum on TwitterYouTubeInstagram, and Facebook. Museum information (recorded): (202) 633-7970. Smithsonian information: (202) 633-1000. Website:


November 14, 2021 @ 1:00 pm UTC+0
November 17, 2021 @ 7:30 pm UTC+0
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