Here’s a great photo from the Smithsonian Institution Archives of our curator emeritus Garnett McCoy in our offices when they were upstairs in the old Patent Office Building. You may recognize the space - it is now known as the Luce Foundation Center, one of my favorite parts of the American Art Museum where you can watch conservators in their natural habitat and poke around in drawers of the Museum’s open storage.
Did you know that the Archives of American Art has a Youtube channel where we’ve posted videos from our collections as well as behind the scenes footage of our offices and exhibits? If you can’t make it to any of the film screenings or lectures at the Smithsonian Archives Fair today, you can have a screening of your own at your desk.
The embedded film is: Art discovers America: an American commentary, 1943 / Regency Pictures. 16 mm : 1 film reel : sd., b&w ; 16 mm. Alfredo Valente papers, 1941-1978. Archives of American Art.