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Movies at SAAM: Days of Heaven

at Smithsonian American Art Museum - Penn Quarter 750 9th St NW Ste 3100, Washington, District of Columbia 20001

The beautiful lighting in this film and its subject were inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World, blending both painting and modern cinematic arts. George Washington University’s film studies professors Michael Shull and Dr. David E. Wilt participate in a post-film discussion. Directed by Terrence Malick (95 mins; 1978).

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Luce Unplugged: Echelon the Seeker

at Smithsonian American Art Museum - Penn Quarter 750 9th St NW Ste 3100, Washington, District of Columbia 20001

Explore some of the three thousand artworks in SAAM’s Luce Center while listening to up-and-coming local bands. This month, Luce Unplugged hosts Jason Sellers, as Echelon the Seeker, who uses synth pop to search for meaning and find optimism. Libations and snacks available for purchase from an on-site bar. Presented in collaboration with D.C. Music...

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Take 5! Afro Bop Alliance

at Smithsonian American Art Museum - Penn Quarter 750 9th St NW Ste 3100, Washington, District of Columbia 20001

Relax and Take 5 with free, live jazz in the Kogod Courtyard every third Thursday. Stop by the Courtyard Café for refreshments. For added fun, borrow a board game to play during the concert. Latin Grammy Award--winning drummer and bandleader Joe McCarthy leads the Afro Bop Alliance in a concert showcasing the musical traditions, unique...

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America InSight: Verbal Description Tours

at Smithsonian American Art Museum - Penn Quarter 750 9th St NW Ste 3100, Washington, District of Columbia 20001

Join a docent-led tour designed for visitors who are blind or have low vision. Discover highlights of the collection through rich verbal description and sensory experience.

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Conversation Pieces

at Smithsonian American Art Museum - Penn Quarter 750 9th St NW Ste 3100, Washington, District of Columbia 20001

Want to deepen your understanding and appreciation of contemporary art. Join Joanna Marsh, senior curator of contemporary interpretation, for this ongoing series of gallery talks. Marsh uses a single artwork from the museum’s collection to spark conversation and encourage a closer look.

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Art Signs: Gallery Talks in American Sign Language

at Smithsonian American Art Museum - Penn Quarter 750 9th St NW Ste 3100, Washington, District of Columbia 20001

Join us for lively gallery conversations in American Sign Language led by Deaf gallery guides.

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See Me at SAAM

at Smithsonian American Art Museum - Penn Quarter 750 9th St NW Ste 3100, Washington, District of Columbia 20001

See Me at the Smithsonian American Art Museum is an interactive program to improve the well-being of individuals with dementia and their care partners by experiencing and discussing art in a small group. Join us as we explore two or three works of art during a 90-minute, in-gallery dialogue.

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Double Take: One Artwork Two Viewpoints

at Smithsonian American Art Museum - Penn Quarter 750 9th St NW Ste 3100, Washington, District of Columbia 20001

In celebration of International Workers’ Day, also known as May Day, SAAM Deputy Chief Curator E. Carmen Ramos teams up with Smithsonian National Museum of American History curator Mireya Loza to discuss Domingo Ulloa’s powerful depiction of Mexican laborers and the history of the Braceros Program. Image: Domingo Ulloa, Braceros, 1960,...

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Luce Unplugged: Bat Fangs

at Smithsonian American Art Museum - Penn Quarter 750 9th St NW Ste 3100, Washington, District of Columbia 20001

Explore some of the three thousand artworks in SAAM’s Luce Center while listening to up-and-coming local bands. This month, Luce Unplugged hosts local band Bat Fangs, as they recall the rock icons of the 80’s with their catchy lyrics and raucous guitar riffs. Libations and snacks available for purchase from an on-site bar. Presented in collaboration...

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Take 5! Charles Funn Big Band celebrates Duke Pearson’s

at Smithsonian American Art Museum - Penn Quarter 750 9th St NW Ste 3100, Washington, District of Columbia 20001

Take 5! Charles Funn Big Band celebrates Duke Pearson’s Centennial Trombonist Charles Funn leads his big band in a performance of material from the Duke Pearson Big Band, which made two studio recordings for Blue Note records. Duke Pearson, pianist, composer, and arranger, is best known for his work as both a leader and a sideman...

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Smithsonian American Art Museum Highlights Tour

at Smithsonian American Art Museum - Penn Quarter 750 9th St NW Ste 3100, Washington, District of Columbia 20001

This highlights tour of the museum's collection may include highlights of the temporary exhibitions.

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Movies at SAAM: Who does she think she is?

at Smithsonian American Art Museum - Penn Quarter 750 9th St NW Ste 3100, Washington, District of Columbia 20001

This documentary by Academy Award--winning filmmaker Pamela Tanner Boll features five fierce women who refuse to choose between motherhood and art. The film invites us to consider the role of women in art, from cultural muses in the ancient world to under-representation of female artists in museums. Sybil E. Gohari, professor of art history at American...

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Sketching: Draw and Discover: Luce Foundation Center

at Smithsonian American Art Museum - Penn Quarter 750 9th St NW Ste 3100, Washington, District of Columbia 20001

Draw inspiration from the thousands of objects on display in the Luce Foundation Center; then spend time sketching in our workshop. Some materials provided; please bring a small sketchbook and pencils.

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Take 5!: Sarah Hughes Quartet Celebrates the Music

at Smithsonian American Art Museum - Penn Quarter 750 9th St NW Ste 3100, Washington, District of Columbia 20001

Ornette Coleman, a widely acclaimed saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, and composer, rewrote the language of jazz. Join alto saxophonist Sarah Hughes and her quartet as they play a selection of Coleman’s pieces, putting their own improvisational twists on his iconic works.

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Joint SAAM/NPG Highlights Tour

at Smithsonian American Art Museum - Penn Quarter 750 9th St NW Ste 3100, Washington, District of Columbia 20001

Explore two incredible art collections under one roof!  Join docents from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery for a joint highlights tour.  Experience the best of both museums and discover the unique history of their shared building.

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