Smithsonian American Artwork Museum: Telling an Inclusive Story of American Artwork

CARRIE MAE WEEMS, “Lincoln, Lonnie, and Me—A Story in 5 Components,” 2012 (video set up (colour, sound) and blended media, 18:29 min.). | Smithsonian American Artwork Museum, Museum buy.
Picture courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery, NY


MINDFULLY BUILDING a nationwide assortment that showcases a multiplicity of views and experiences is among the most seen methods a museum can inform vital tales.

On the Smithsonian American Artwork Museum and its Renwick Gallery, our curators have been buying artworks that current an inclusive story of American artwork, together with often-overlooked histories and contributions of Black, Latinx, LGBTQ+, Indigenous, and girls artists. SAAM is including to its assortment artworks made by a broadly consultant and various group of American artists in all media—from portray and sculpture to time-based media, sound artwork, pictures, self-taught artwork, and modern craft.

Artists Laura Aguilar, Judith Baca, Dawoud Bey, James Fort, Tiffany Chung, Sonya Clark, David Harper Clemons, David “Dave” Drake, Arthur Jafa, Christine Solar Kim, Simone Leigh, Ana Mendieta, Oree Originol, Alison Saar, Invoice Traylor, Kay WalkingStick (Cherokee), Carrie Mae Weems, Fred Wilson, and Wanxin Zhang, amongst others are represented in SAAM’s assortment. As well as, the museum remodeled its pictures holdings with the L.J. West Assortment of early American pictures, together with works by vital Black daguerreotypists James P. Ball, Glenalvin Goodridge, and Augustus Washington.

In 2020, the SAAM launched the Renwick Gallery fiftieth Anniversary Acquisition Marketing campaign. By means of greater than 200 objects by artists together with Bisa Butler, Sonya Clark, David Harper Clemons, Sharon Kerry-Harlan, Roberto Lugo, and Preston Singletary (Tlingit), the museum is reexamining the panorama of American craft and highlighting tales of persistence, fashions of resilience, and strategies of activism which might be related to audiences in the present day. Greater than 130 of those newly acquired artworks shall be on show within the exhibition “This Current Second: Crafting a Higher World” opening Might 13.

“These artworks outline a bolder future that can assist us higher perceive ourselves, one another, and the world round us,” stated Stephanie Stebich, the Margaret and Terry Stent Director of SAAM.

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This publish is sponsored by the Smithsonian American Artwork Museum



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