SMITHSONIAN ARCHIVES OF AMERICAN ART

Sep 16

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.

Sep 12

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! 

Sep 11

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.
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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!

Sep 09

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. 

Sep 05


"A singularlyBaffling breed,Famed for its vigor,Size and speed,Whose countless charmsWe gladly grant,Is the renowned Gazelephant.”

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

"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.

Sep 04

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.

Sep 02

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?

Sep 01

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.

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.

Aug 29

Several Archives of American Art staff members have been knitting tirelessly in preparation for the Freer Sackler’s yarn bombing. Staff member Emily Rom even recruited the help of her kitty, Lucy.

The Freer Sackler’s fiberous function (unveiled today) is in celebration of the new exhibition, Perspectives: Chiharu Shiota. 

Several Archives of American Art staff members have been knitting tirelessly in preparation for the Freer Sackler’s yarn bombing. Staff member Emily Rom even recruited the help of her kitty, Lucy.

The Freer Sackler’s fiberous function (unveiled today) is in celebration of the new exhibition, Perspectives: Chiharu Shiota

Aug 28

What do fun facts (like an artist known for throwing through glass doors) have to do with a summer internship? Find out in our latest blog post written by Emma Kibblewhite, oral history intern extraordinaire!



Jennifer Snyder, Emma Kibblewhite, and Simone Zehren, ready to audit oral history interviews. Photo: Emma Kbblewhite

What do fun facts (like an artist known for throwing through glass doors) have to do with a summer internship? Find out in our latest blog post written by Emma Kibblewhite, oral history intern extraordinaire!

Jennifer Snyder, Emma Kibblewhite, and Simone Zehren, ready to audit oral history interviews. Photo: Emma Kbblewhite