If you could read an artist’s diary, whose would you choose?

Our next exhibition, “A Day in the Life: Artists’ Diaries from the Archives of American Art” opens NEXT FRIDAY at the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery in Washington, D.C. Come get lost in the pages of diaries by artists including Joseph Cornell, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, and Reuben Tam.

image credit: Pocket diaries by F. Luis Mora. F. Luis Mora papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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If you have been keeping up with Ken Burns’s film The Roosevelts on PBS this week, you know the origin of Theodore Roosevelt’s “big stick” diplomacy. Here is T.R., speaking softly and carrying a big stick, drawn by editorial cartoonist C.R. (Charles Raymond) Macauley.

It comes from an autograph book belonging to James D. Preston, who was the Superintendent of the United States Senate Press Gallery for 35 years. Notable cartoonists such as Rube Goldberg, Clifford K. Berryman, Harry Furniss, and Art Young left their autographs and drawings in this book between 1904 and 1924.

James D. Preston autograph book, 1904-1924. James David Preston illustrated autograph book, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Football season is upon us and this is about as close as some of us will get to  watching a game this year. Known for his insanely realistic lifecast sculptures, Duane Hanson poses with his Football Player sculpture.  
Duane Hanson with his sculpture Football Player, 1984 / unidentified photographer. Duane Hanson papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Football season is upon us and this is about as close as some of us will get to  watching a game this year. Known for his insanely realistic lifecast sculptures, Duane Hanson poses with his Football Player sculpture.  

Duane Hanson with his sculpture Football Player, 1984 / unidentified photographer. Duane Hanson papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Are you really creative and a little bit of a geek?

Well, we are still accepting applications for our User Experience Internship. If you’re crazy about design and excited about the interwebs, check it out! 

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Our National Collector Jason Stieber has been on the road for the past month, and sends this photograph from his visit with Gail Nanao, widow of Japanese-born Bay Area painter and printmaker Kenjilo Nanao. This notebook documents his time in Oslo, Norway as an artist-in-residence at the studio of Edvard Munch.
You can see more photos from Jason by following us on Facebook and Instagram!

Our National Collector Jason Stieber has been on the road for the past month, and sends this photograph from his visit with Gail Nanao, widow of Japanese-born Bay Area painter and printmaker Kenjilo Nanao. This notebook documents his time in Oslo, Norway as an artist-in-residence at the studio of Edvard Munch.

You can see more photos from Jason by following us on Facebook and Instagram!

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Fancy making your own writing ink? Just grab eight ounces of goose grease and some other witches’ brew items. Dazzle your friends and Pinterest followers with this recipe from the Harriet Endicott Waite research material on Currier and Ives, a 19th century printmaking firm. 

Fancy making your own writing ink? Just grab eight ounces of goose grease and some other witches’ brew items. Dazzle your friends and Pinterest followers with this recipe from the Harriet Endicott Waite research material on Currier and Ives, a 19th century printmaking firm. 

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"A singularly
Baffling breed,
Famed for its vigor,
Size and speed,
Whose countless charms
We gladly grant,
Is the renowned Gazelephant.”

Page 11 of No such animal, 193-?. Charles Green Shaw papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Are you following the US Open tennis tournament on now in New York? Who are you rooting for? We’d cheer for Louise King Cox and her students, both for tennis and air guitar championships. 
Louise King Cox with her students, ca. 1900 / unidentified photographer. Allyn Cox papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Are you following the US Open tennis tournament on now in New York? Who are you rooting for? We’d cheer for Louise King Cox and her students, both for tennis and air guitar championships.

Louise King Cox with her students, ca. 1900 / unidentified photographer. Allyn Cox papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Seriously hankering for some back to school plaid. This beautiful textile sample from fiber artist Marianne Strengnell would have made for a killer uniform skirt, no?

Seriously hankering for some back to school plaid. This beautiful textile sample from fiber artist Marianne Strengnell would have made for a killer uniform skirt, no?

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Today might be your last chance of the year to don a smart stripey shirt and beret and take your easel to the beach! Don’t squander it!

Page from Harrison Cady sketchbook, ca. 1943. Harrison Cady papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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