Eye Level

Eye Level is the blog of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery. Publishing behind-the-scenes museum stories since 2005.

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    SAAM Arcade: Focus on Women in the Video Games Industry

    Five Questions with Renee Bates, visual development artist and professor at Ringling College of Art & Design
    Lauren on July 31, 2020

SAAM Arcade: Game Changers

Celebrating the ratification of the 19th Amendment by highlighting women’s narratives and contributions to the video games industry
Lauren on July 28, 2020
Blog - Calder, Crafting From Home

Getting Crafty: Make an Alexander Calder-inspired Mobile

An Alexander Calder mobile in time for the artist's 122nd birthday.
Gloria on July 22, 2020

Additional Reflections on Arthur Jafa’s Love is the Message, The Message is Death

Highlighting the voices of Black people and people of color within our local arts and creative community.
Kayleigh on July 9, 2020
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Reflections on Arthur Jafa’s Love is the Message, The Message is Death

Highlighting the voices of Black people and people of color within our local arts and creative community.
Kayleigh on July 7, 2020

Identity and Visibility

How a recent acquisition addresses themes of race and LGBTQ+ identity
Saisha on June 30, 2020

Seeing the Rainbow in SAAM’s Collection

Taking a deeper look at how we talk about gay artists at SAAM
Saisha on June 20, 2020
Blog - Father's Day, Baseball Glove card

Father's Day Crafts for Dad

Celebrate Dad with an artful, home-crafted card
Craft Making Activities
Gloria on June 19, 2020

Statement from Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch

On inequality and racial division in the United States
Lonnie G. Bunch on June 2, 2020

Standing Together

A Conversation about American Art and Anti-Asian Sentiment in the Age of COVID-19
Kayleigh on May 27, 2020
Blog - Mother's Day, Featured

Hey Mom, I Made You This Card

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Amy on May 8, 2020
Blog - Crafting, Mother's Day, Featured

Mother's Day Crafting

Mom always thought you were a little crafty. Surprise her with a hand-made flower...or two.
Craft and Decorative Arts
上外国的网站东西加速软件 on May 8, 2020

Take Me to Church: A Road Trip In Honor of Painter Frederic Edwin Church

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Katie on May 4, 2020
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A Sonnet for the Tiger King

Think of this as a mash up between the eloquent Patrick Stewart who is reading Shakespeare sonnet's online and the over-the-top Tiger King, the Netflix documentary that has become the talk of Zoom happy hours everywhere. Cheers!
Sara on May 1, 2020

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Conservator Ariel O'Connor unearths the mysteries behind Charles Willson Peale’s mastodon.
上外国的网站东西加速软件 on April 29, 2020
Exhibitions - Chiura Obata, Lake Basin in the High Sierra, 1930, color woodcut on paper, 11 3/8 x 15 5/8 inches, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Obata Family, 2000.76.25, © 1989, Lillian Yuri Kodani.

Chiura Obata: Artist Interrupted

In our time of social distancing, Obata's handwritten notes have us thinking about how we communicate with one another, and how important a simple note can be.
Katie on April 27, 2020
Blog - Mastodon, Hips don't lie

Hips Don't Lie: The American Incognitum

What's a mastodon doing at SAAM? Dr. Advait Mahesh Jukar, a Deep Time Fellow and Paleontologist at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, answers our questions.
Libby on April 24, 2020
Blog - Designing for Humboldt, Book Featured

Designing for Humboldt: Five Questions with Karen Siatras

How a graphic designer at SAAM was inspired to incorporate Humboldt's ideas about nature into the exhibition catalogue
Katie on April 23, 2020


Humboldt's ideas on art, nature, and philosophy helped to shape American artists, including the influential Hudson River school painters
Katie on April 22, 2020
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