The American Art Museum is presenting Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), thru March 11, 2018.The Museum acquired the series in 2008, and this will be the first time that the complete series has been presented. Walker "appropriated select illustrations from Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War - two-volume anthology from 1866 - enlarging and overlaying them with dark stenciled figures that depict disturbing imagery, including racial stereotypes and graphic acts of violence."
Walker's works "are presented alongside a selection of the original Harper’s prints on which they are based, also drawn from SAAM's collection."
The Smithsonian American Art Museum is exhibiting Tamayo: The New York Years, thru March 18, 2018.Mexican artist Ruffino Tamayo (1899-1991) was drawn to New York City in the early twentieth century and was attracted to the new ideas expressed in the modern art that he saw in museums and galleries. The exhibition is the first to explore Tamayo’s canvases that show an artist eager to propel Mexican art in new directions. Tamayo stood at the center of a major shift in the history of twentieth-century art. The exhibition is organized by E. Carmen Ramos and offers a unique opportunity to trace Tamayo's artistic development.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum will exhibit George Catlin's American Buffalo, March 16-August 5.In his illustrated essay and commentary on Catlin’s paintings, Adam Duncan Harris, the Petersen Curator of Art and Research at the National Museum of Wildlife Art and guest curator of the exhibition, explores the artist’s representation of the close relationship between Native Americans and the buffalo.This exhibition traveled to seven cities across the United States in 2014–2015.
Image below:George Catlin, Buffalo Bull, Grazing on the Prairie, 1832-1833
The Smithsonian American Art Museum will exhibit Do Ho Suh: Almost Home, March 16-August 5. Born in Korea in 1962, Suh moved to the U.S. in 1991 and now spends his time between New York, London, and Seoul. His large-scale fabric sculptures “attempt to form a physical manifestation of memory and reckon with ideas of personal history, cultural traditions, and belief systems in the contemporary world.” The exhibition will feature a major installation of the artist’s brightly-hued Hub sculptures along with a group of semi-transparent replicas of household objects called Specimens. Almost Home will transform SAAM’s galleries into an immersive passageway of conjoined rooms that visitors can experience from the inside. The show was organized by Sarah Newman, the James Dicke Curator of Contemporary Art.
The Renwick Gallery of The American Art Museum will exhibit No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, March 30-September 16.The exhibition “will take over the entire Renwick Gallery building, bringing alive the maker culture of Burning Man through artworks, room-sized installations, jewelry, costumes and ephemera that will transport visitors to the gathering’s famed desert location, the “playa.” Immersive works by individual artists and collectives will highlight the ingenuity and creative spirit of this cultural movement. Photographs and archival documents drawn from the Burning Man Archives at the Nevada Museum of Art and their exhibition City of Dust: The Evolution of Burning Manwill trace Burning Man’s growth and its bohemian, counterculture roots.”
Image below:FoldHaus, Shrumen Lumen, 2016, corrugated plastic, steel, and aluminum; Photo by Rene Smith Visit https://americanart.si.edu